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'Downs Finish Second, Highlands Relegated To NFD

Absa Premiership 

Result: Highlands Park 2-2 Mamelodi Sundowns

Date: 27 May 2017

Venue: Makhulong Stadium

Highlands Park were relegated to the National First Division, after playing out a 2-2 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon.

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Highlands took the game to Sundowns in the opening exchanges, but were unable to carve out a clear-cut chance in the opening 15 minutes.

After a quiet opening, Sundowns carved out their first chance in the 19th minute when Tebogo Langerman's cross found Yannick Zakri, who headed straight at Tapuwa Kapini.

Pitso Mosimane's charges started seeing more of the ball as the first half went on and Percy Tau in particular was proving to be real handful down the left flank.

Sundowns eventually broke the deadlock on 35 minutes when Themba Zwane curled home a sublime strike from 25-yards out.

Four minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty when Zakri was brought down Kapini. Thabo Nthethe stepped up and converted the spot kick, 0-2.

However, Highlands pulled a goal back just before the halftime break Seun Ledwaba surged into the box, before slotting under Denis Onyango.

Both sides looked lively in the opening exchanges of the second half and Highlands should have leveled matters in the 53rd minute but Mothobi Mvala fired wide of the upright with only Onyango to beat.
Highlands opted for a change after 67 minutes as Thabota replaced Thanuyise Khuboni as they pushed for an equalising goal.
Sundowns were then dealt a blow 10 minutes later as Anele Ngcongca was forced off with an injury. He was replaced by Siyanda Zwane.
Mvala had another chance to level matters for Highlands in the 84th minute but the midfielder once again fired wide of the upright with only Onyango to beat.
The Lions of the North continued to push for an equaliser in the closing stages and rewarded through Mvala's fine looping header, but the score remained 2-2 at the final whistle.
Mosimane's charges finish the campaign in second spot, while Highlands will be playing in the NFD next season.
Here's how they lined up: 

Highlands: 16. Kapini, 45. Oluwafemi, 22. Ngalo, 19. Nhlapho, 39. Katjiukua, 14. Mvala, 18. Ledwaba, 43. Mbatha, 42. Cale, 8. Moriri, 5. Khuboni (Thabota 67').

Sundowns: 36. Onyango, 20. Ngcongca (Zwane 76'), 32. Madisha, 2. Nthethe, 4. Langerman, 15. Mohomi, 11. Vilakazi, 18. Zwane, 22. Tau, 27. Morena, 24. Zakri.


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