Mwape Musonda of Black Leopards
Sunday Jan 06, 2019. 18:16
Baroka FC suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Limpopo rivals Black Leopards in an Absa Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The victory took Lidoda Duvha to 12th place on the league standings, while Bakgaga slipped down to 13th spot on the table.
Lidoda Duvha contained the reigning Telkom Knockout champions in the opening stages of the Limpopo Derby.
Dylan Kerr's men then grew in confidence as the match progressed, with Lesotho international Tshwarelo Bereng pulling the strings in midfield.
The visitors created two good chances between the 18th minute and 21st minute, but somehow they failed to the hit the back of the net.
Leopards captain Marks Munyai was sent through on goal, but he hit the side-netting, before Mwape Musonda placed his low shot narrowly wide of the target.
However, Musonda made amends in the 31st minute as broke the deadlock after the Baroka defence was exposed.
The Zambian marksman netted his fifth league goal of the season when he fired home from inside the box to make it 1-0 to Leopards.
Lidoda Duvha looked dangerous every time they pushed forward and they managed to double their lead five minutes later.
Khuliso Mudau set-up Bereng, who beat Baroka goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze with a thunderous shot from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 to Leopards.
Leopards were deservedly leading 2-0 at the interval, having dominated the first-half.
Lidoda Duvha came back hungry for more goals and Chipezeze had to pull off a great diving save to deny Musonda a few minutes into the second half.
Bakgaga should have pulled one back just after the hour-mark following a good run by second substitute Collins Makgaka.
The attacking midfielder beat three defenders, before bursting into the Leopards box, but the diminutive attacker placed his shot wide of the target from close range.
The momentum was with Baroka and they managed to score in the 68th minute when Abdi Banda headed home from a corner-kick to make 2-1.
Bakgaga then pushed for a late equalizing goal, but Lidoda Duvha looked solid at the back with Jean Munganga working tirelessly in defence.
Ultimately, Leopards secured a 2-1 win over Baroka on the day after holding on to their slender lead in the closing stages of the game.
Baroka (0) 1 (Banda 68')
Leopards (2) 2 (Musonda 31', Bereng 36')
Baroka: Chipezeze, Semenya, Sibiya, Banda, Gebhardt, Patjie (Makgaka 54'), Chawapiwa (Matloga 68'), Mosele, Sodi (Chivaviro 52'), Dickens, Mdantsane.
Leopards: K.Ndlovu, Zulu, Munyai, Munganga, Hlogwane (Mahangwahaya 85') , Masalesa (Mokoena 77'), Bereng, Tshepe (Nange 70'), Mudau, Musonda.