Leopards Stage Dramatic Comeback At Highlands
Absa Premiership Report: Highlands Park v Black Leopards 09 August 2018
Result: Highlands Park 2-2 Black Leopards
Date: 09 August 2018
Venue: Makhulong Stadium
Black Leopards staged an incredible comeback in second-half stoppage time to come back from two goals down to secure a point against Highlands Park.
Highlands nearly broke the deadlock after seven minutes but Siphiwe Mahlangu's header sailed into the side-netting at the far post.
Leopards goalkeeper Rotshidzwa Muleka gifted Highlands another chance when he fluffed at another cross, but once again the hosts failed to convert , with Sabelo Nyembe failing to slot home from six-yards out.
However, Highlands were not be denied on 25 minutes as Mokoena found the back of the net with a stunning volley from 30-yards out.
Leopards started seeing more of the ball towards the end of the half, but they were unable to bypass veteran shot-stopper Tapuwa Kapini.
The Lions of the North picked up from where they left off in the first half as they went in search of a second goal, but they were let down by their final ball.
Owen da Gama opted for a double change after 66 minutes as Ricardo Williams and Spiwe Msimango were intoduced for Molibedi Mokena and Siphesihle Zwane.
Leopards continued to push for an equaliser as the half went as Mwape Musonda went close with a header on 78 minutes.
However, Highlands doubled the lead in spectacular fashion with three minutes remaining, with Williams finding the back of the net with well-time volley into the far corner.
Leopards did pull a goal back in the 90th minute thanks to a clinical finish from Themba Ndlovu to set up a nervy finish.
The comeback was complete in the second minute of time added on as Musonda tapped home from close range after Kapini had made a double save.
Here's how they lined up:
Highlands: Kapini, 5. Fransman, 34. Motsepe, 21. Mokoena, 20. Ramoraka, 14. Mvala, 6,. Zwane, 40. Mahlangu, 24. Rae, 31. Nyembe, M. Mokoena.
Subs: Heugh, Haoseb, Ngebo, Williams, Sibande, Versuur, Msimango.
Leopards: 32. Muleka, 3. Ndou. 39. Mashoena, 28. Munganga, 7. P. Ndlovu, 14. Nanga, 6. Mudau, 20. Nene, 11. Musonda, 10. Tshepo, 30. Mhlongo.
Subs: Masia, Mahangwahaya, Zulu, Hlongwane, Mokoena, Aifimi, T. Ndlovu.