BAY Stars maintained their winning streak when they beat OR Tambo DC 3-0 in an SA Football Association Eastern Cape Second Division clash at the Westbourne Oval athletic stadium on Saturday.
Stars’ Striker Orlin Powell scored the first goal of the match in the 30th minute of the first half and came back in the second half to net two more.
Stars produced a fine performance in the second half of the game to allow Powell to strike in the 60th and 80th minutes.
The game started at a slow pace, but both teams showed determination in collecting the maximum points.
East London’s OR Tambo showed character when they dominated the opening minutes of the game, but they were denied scoring chances by the home side.
The win kept alive second-placed Stars’ hopes of dethroning log leaders Mthatha Bucks from the top spot in their league championship quest.
Stars team manager Nicholas Myataza said the match was tough but he was pleased with the outcome.
“The boys played very well and have shown great determination in chasing promotion to the National First Division next season,” he said.
Myataza said the league winners were likely to be decided on the last day of the season. It would be an exciting race to the finishing line.
Meanwhile, PE’s other semi-professional outfit, Highbury, beat defending champions FC Buffalo, also of East London, 1-0 at the Gelvandale Stadium yesterday.
The home side scored the only goal of the game in the 15th minute of the first half through skilful midfielder Reginald Masilo.
Highbury coach Garth Dickinson said the team’s mission was to end the season on a high note.
“We want to finish the season in the top eight and my boys are determined fulfil that dream.”
The visitors could have netted first but their strikers missed scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the first half.
The second half was balanced but the visitors continued to search for an equaliser.
Dickinson said the team had lost the championship race but their strategy was to better their position on the log table.
Highbury are now ninth on the league table with one game left to play this season.