Tuesday Dec 07, 2021. 22:30
TS Galaxy and Cape Town City claimed important three pointers when they won their respective matches in the two DStv Premiership played on Tuesday.
The Rockets will be especially pleased as their clash with Chippa United at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit was billed a six-pointer due to the fact that both teams were languishing in the bottom four prior to kick-off.
And Sead Ramovic’s charges responded well by running out comfortable 3-1 winners.
But they did not have things entirely their own way and fell behind to a Bienvenu Eva Nga goal after only six minutes.
An error form the Chippa goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali then allowed Mthobisi Mngomezulu to level things up after 17 minutes and the scores remained deadlocked until the final six minutes when Menzi Ndwandwe and Wayde Lekay both netted to snatch all the points.
That gave the Rockets a priceless win that lifted them to 12th on the table and with some breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Eric Tinkler’s City ended a three-match winless run with a 3-2 victory over a dogged Maritzburg United at the Cape Town Stadium.
The hosts came into the game much fresher after their weekend trip to Johannesburg to face Kaizer Chiefs ended without any game taking place due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Amakhosi camp.
They started the game well too when Mduduzi Mdatsene capitalised on a defensive error to put them 1-0 ahead – the attacking taking his tally to six league goals this season.
Fagrie Lakay then doubled the advantage four minutes after the restart, before substitute Lelethu Skelem gave the home side hope with a super strike in the 70th minute.
More poor defending, though, allowed Tashreeq Morris to head in freely with eight minutes to play.
Young Bafana Bafana forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane did manage to pull a goal back at the death, but it came too late for the Team of Choice as they remained in 11th place with 14 points from 15 games.
City are a spot above them on 17 points from 12 games, with Galaxy now 12th with 12 points from 14 matches. Defeat for the Chilli Boyz left them in 14th on 10 points from 13 outings in 2021/22.