HARARE – Highlanders came from behind to beat Tripple B in a subdued Castle Premiership match at Mandava Stadium yesterday.
Bosso got their goals from Njabulo Ncube’s penalty on 53 minutes, Mthulisi Maphosa in the 69th minute and Cleopas Dube’s assurance goal 10 minutes later.
Tripple B, using their adopted home ground for the running, drew first blood immediately
after the resumption of the second half through Alec Marime before Timire Mamvura unleashed a scorcher in the fifth minute of minimum optional added time.
The home team started the brighter of the two sides and was on the offensive as early as the first minute but Marime was unfortunate to hit the cross bar from outside the box.
Tripple B continued dominating play and would have gone one goal up inside the opening 20 minutes, but Simon Mayengeni slipped inside the box, faced leaving Bosso goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya to safely collect the ball.
Deep into the dying stages of the first half, Marime turned defender Lawson Nkomo inside out in the 43rd minute but Diya came to the rescue for Bosso again.
After the breather, Tripple B broke the deadlock in the 4th minute when an unmarked Marime headed inside the box a Maxwell Mavhuto cross.
The lead was however short-lived as the joint log leaders Highlanders equalised from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute after Beaven Chikaka was fouled in the box by Givemore Fireyi.
Bosso regular scorer Ncube stepped up and gave Donald Mutali no chance.
Highlanders surged ahead through Maphosa, who headed in Bruce Kangwa’s corner in the 69th minute before Dube tapped in from close range a defence splitting pass from Ncube on 79 minutes, putting the game beyond Tripple B’s reach.
Tripple B’s second goal finally came in the 95th minute through Mamvura’s stunning long range drive after Highlanders failed to clear to safety a last-gasp corner kick. – Sports Writer