Spurs Stun Leopards, Richards Bay Back In Drop Zone
National First Division Wrap
National First Division champions, Highlands Park, grabbed their 62nd point with a 3-0 victory over Mthatha Bucks, Witbank Spurs stunned Black Leopards 2-0, while Jomo Cosmos and Royal Eagles played to a goalless draw.
In addition, University of Pretoria overpowered Cape Town All Stars 4-3 and Super Eagles gave themselves a huge lifeline with a 2-1 away win over Richards Bay.
The Lions of the North, for whom Mothobi Mvala, Sphiwe Mahlangu and Peter Shalulile were on target, have all but relegated Bucks.
The rock-bottom Eastern Cape outfit, who have a mere 21 points coupled with the worst second-tier goal difference of -15, will have to win their last 3 games against Jomo Cosmos, Real Kings and Super Eagles to have any chance of survival.
Siyavutha, thanks to Thabani Dube and Quentin Debouto, moved within 2 points of second-placed Lidoda Duvha as the race to finish in the top three positions gathers momentum.
AmaTuks and Igugu Lekapa thrilled fans during their 7-goal thriller in Gauteng, where Chemon Petersen hit a hat-trick for Shaun Bartlett’s charges, while Ruzaigh Gamildien’s brace kept the Cape side in it until the bitter end.
The other scorers were Kyle Koert (Tuks) and Shaquille Abrahams (Stars).
Despite this win, AmaTuks are almost out of a play-off spot and the same applies to Stellenbosch after their 2-0 success over Mbombela United.
However, Stellenbosch did leapfrog Mbombela following goals from Iqraam Rayners and Devon Saal.
A 10-man Super Eagles sent Richards Bay tumbling back into the drop zone courtesy of a late strike.
Earlier, Modibedi Mokoena had opened the scoring for the Free State club before Michael Gumede’s equalizer.
The important fixture between Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC and Real Kings ended all square at 1-1, which further dampened the KZN club’s chances of finishing in the top three.
There was also a 1-1 draw in the relegation clash between Uthongathi FC and Ubuntu Cape Town.
This result left the Nedbank Cup giant killers, Ubuntu, one point above their opponents.