LOG leaders FC Platinum temporarily restored their four point lead on second placed Ngezi Platinum with a convincing victory over visiting Bulawayo Chiefs, as the championship race heats up with 10 games left in the current Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.
The defending champions were under pressure to pick up maximum points after losing to Harare City during the week and Ngezi Platinum capitalised on the slip up, hammering Shabanie Mine by five goals to one to reduce the gap to a single point, heading into the weekend.
With Ngezi Platinum playing on Sunday against Mutare City Rovers, FC Platinum had to respond positively in their attempt to retain the league championship.
The Pure Platinum Play have now amassed 55 points while second-placed Ngezi are on 51 points with a game in hand.
The match started off at breakneck speed with the home side bombarding the visitors goal area but a disciplined Bulawayo City defence remained resolute thwarting all the FC Platinum attacks.
As the game progressed, Bulawayo City gained confidence and settled into the match, launching their own raids at the FC Platinum goal.
The Norman Mapeza side finally found the elusive goal in the 42nd minute with the visitors holding on for dear life to go to the breather still level.
The home side won a corner kick and Rahman Kutsanzira, who put a man of the match performance, found an unmarked Winston Mhango, who shot at goal but his effort was blocked and the rebound fell in the path of Zimbabwe International Kevin Moyo who fired past Bulawayo Chiefs goalkeeper David Bizabani to give his side the lead at the break.
Bulawayo Chiefs started the second half on a brighter note in the hunt for the equaliser and failed to capitalise on a freekick just outside the FC Platinum box.
In the 52nd minute FC Platinum`s Cameroonian striker Albert Eonde doubled the lead to ease off the pressure on the home side.
He was back to torment the visitors eight minutes later with his second goal and his side`s third goal of the match.
As the match wore on, fatigue caught up with the home side and Bulawayo Chiefs attacking midfielder Perfect Chikwende capitalised on that to pull one back for his side in the 71st minute.
In the only other match played on Saturday, Herentals owner and player Innocent Benza scored for his side in their one all draw against Chapungu.