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Royal AM Leapfrog Bucs After Thrashing Galaxy

Royal AM scored four goals for a second successive DStv Premiership clash after thrahsing ten-man TS Galaxy on Sunday afternoon.

DStv Premiership 

Result: Royal AM 4-2 TS Galaxy

Date: 26 September 2021

Venue: Chatsworth Stadium

Royal were unchanged from the big win over Kaizer Chiesf, while the Rockets made five changes, with shot-stopper Wensten van der Linde, Pogiso Sanoka, Marks Munyai, Ethan Broos and Wayde Lekay all recalled.

Galaxy had a horrible start after conceding in the fourth minutea as Van der Linde's attempted clearance came off the shin of Tshidiso Monamodi and sailed into the back of an empty net.

Three minutes later, the visitors' chances of recovering was dealt a blow as they were reduced to ten men after Munyai got a straight red-card for a lunging tackle.

Thwihli Thwahla made good use of their numerical advantage, as Levy Mashiane doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark with a low drive past the on-rushing Van der Linde at the near post after a through ball by Tebogo Potsane.

Owen Da Gama's charges were leaving spaces behind, making a fight out of the contest but they paid the price for it, as Victor Letsoalo added a third goal for Royal on the stroke of half-time with a tap-in at the near post after a cut-back by Zukile Mkhize.

The introduction of MacBeth Mahlangu and Ebrahim Seedat improved Galaxy's defensive shape, as they hardly conceded chances in the early exchanges of the second stanza but they could not break down Royal, who were compact in their own half, either.

Reagan Van der Ross and Mfundo Thikazi both came close to making it 4-0 for Thwihli Thwahla in the last quarter of an hour, as the former's shot was deflected onto the post by van der Linde, who pulled off another save to keep out a strike by the latter from the rebound.

The Rockets were given a lifeline to get a consolation goal just after that after they wer awarded a penalty for a handball inside the Royal box and Sanoka pulled a goal back with a composed finish from the spot-kick.

However, Kabelo Mahlasela extended the home side's lead four minutes before time with a looping strike into the roof of the net after a mistake at the back by Galaxy put him through on goal

Mxolisi Macuphu got another consolation goal for the visitors in stoppage time with a header inside the box but it was too little too late as Royal leapfrogged Pirates in fourth place on the log.

Here's how they started:

Royal AM: 16. Nyame, 13. Manganyi, 22. Rikhotso, 12. Mahlasela, 24. Lingwati, 18. Mashikinya, 30. Monamodi, 11. Potsane, 38. Mashiane, 21. Letsaolo, 20. Mkhize.

Subs: 31. Chaine, 46. Mduli, 4. Mereko, 50. Masuku, 27. Tchilimbou, 29. Van der Ross, 45. George, 34. Thikazi, 8. Phalane.

Galaxy: 1. Van der Linde, 45. Sanoka, 50. Makitan, 4. Mahlangu, 23. Munyai, 6. Mbunjana, 35. Mbatha, 10. Brooks, 29. Macuphu, 28. Phohlongo, 19. Lekay.

Subs: 32. Kolak, 8. Nduli, 3. Seedat, 26. Mokoena, 2. Bodibe, 15. Aubass, 17. Kwem, 7. Mogaila, 37. Mngomezulu.

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