Absa Premiership match report Highlands Park v AmaZulu 27 November 2018
Posted: 27 November 2018 Time: 17:43
AmaZulu returned to winning ways with a 2-1 triumph over Highlands Park in the Absa Premiership on Tuesday evening at Makhulong Stadium.
The Lions of the North were not letting Usuthu settle into their passing rhythm in the opening ten minutes, dishing out harsh tackles at the back and making their intentions known early on.
Lindokuhle Mbatha had a great chance to give Owen Da Gama’s charges the lead in the 15th minute after going through one-on-one with Siyabonga Mbatha, but the shot-stopper pulled off a good save to keep the score level.
Usuthu started to find joy going forward after half-an-hour but they were yet to get open opportunities, while Highlands were absorbing the pressure and looking to catch the visitors on counter-attacks.
Substitute Siyabonga Nomvethe broke the deadlock for Johnson’s men six minutes after the break with a clinical close range finish, 0-1.
Mbatha quickly levelled matters for the hosts a minute before the hour as Usuthu lost their concentration, 1-1.
Emiliano Tade restored the lead for Usuthu 20 minutes before time with a simple finish after he was setup by Bonginkosi Ntuli, who rounded the defence to set up his strike partner.
With five minutes to go, Botholezwe Ncube almost made it 3-1 for Johnson’s men with a shot inside the box having space, but Highlands goalkeeper Marlon Heugh made a good save.
Nevertheless, 2-1 was how the encounter ended as AmaZulu get their campaign back on track.
Highlands: Heugh, Fransman, Mvala, L Mokoena, Msimango, Seema, Mbatha, Ramoraka, Shalulile, Sekola, Mahlangu.
Subs: Kapini, Sibande, Mofokeng, Motsepe, Makudubela, Ndoro, Haoseb.
AmaZulu: Mbatha, P.Gumede, Mabaliso, Van Heerden, Slawula, Sithebe, Vilakazi, Morton, Ramphela, Tade, Ntuli.
Subs: Josephs, Nyongo, M.Gumede, Ncube, Maduna, Khenyeza, Nomvethe.