Highlanders 0-1 Dynamos
A LATE Ocean Mushure penalty is what Dynamos needed on Sunday, to continue with their dominance over Highlanders and return to the summit of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
A tension-filled Barbourfields Stadium affair that saw first half red cards shown to Njabulo Ncube and Dynamos defender Partson Jaure, ended with Dynamos toppling Harare City who had been on top overnight.
DeMbare defender Jaure will likely face a lengthy ban after forcing referee Thabani Bamala to run for dear life as he charged after the official and appeared to kick him while protesting his red card.
Jaure kicked Njabulo Ncube from behind and the Highlanders striker retaliated leaving referee Bamala with no choice but send-off both players. Replays on television also showed Jaure kicking the match official.
DeMbare now have 48 points, the same as Harare City but the defending champions lead the table on a better goal difference. Highlanders dropped to third place with 47 points with four games of the season left to play.
Said a pleased Calisto Pasuwa: “I think we played very well and we deserved to get two penalties but unfortunately we were denied the other. Lucky for us we got the other and we scored.”
Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu felt his side could have made better use of their chances.
“We had very good chances but we could not context. Unfortunately we conceded that penalty and that cost us,” he said.
The match had seemed to be heading for a goal-less stalemate when Mushure scored from the spot three minutes before time after he had been brought down inside the box by Dumisani Ndlovu.
Highlanders began the afternoon on the offensive as Ncube had an attempted tap in blocked by George Chigova, while Dynamos responded with Washington Pakamisa’s shot going just wide.
But on the half hour mark Ncube and Jaure were involved in an off-the ball scuffle that earned them red cards as tempers flared.
Jaure could find himself in trouble after he was restrained by teammates as he angrily charged towards the referee who had to run for dear life.
Highlanders enjoyed the larger share of ball possession but no clear cut chances were created.
Pakamisa nearly handed them the lead on the hour mark, as he watched his headed effort crash against the woodwork at the end of a Tawanda Muparati cross.Advertisement
Bruce Kangwa had a powerful shot saved by Chigova on 75 minutes and seconds later Muparati had a similar effort dealt with by Highlanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya.
Highlanders substitute Gabriel Nyoni’s well dispatched shot rose just over the bar two minutes later.
With time ticking away, the visitors felt too comfortable especially going forward, as Muparati dictated play in midfield and in one of the raids substitute Simba Sithole miscued a slick pass from striking partner, Pakamisa.
Then the deciding moment came as Mushure earned his side a penalty which he took himself to separate the two sides.
Highlanders tried to come back a minute before time with Mthulisi Maphosa’s long range effort well saved by Chigova.
But Dynamos searched for an equalising goal which saw Muparati hitting the side nets in injury time.
In others matches, Hwange beat Black Mambas 3-1 to all but secure their place in the top flight next season while Monomotapa drew 1-1 against Chicken Inn in Joey Antipas first match in charge of the Bulawayo side.