HIGH-FLYING Port Elizabeth semi- professional football side Highbury kept their hopes of winning the championship title alive when they defeated neighbours Jeffreys Bay Milan 6-1 in an Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League match at the Gelvandale Stadium on Friday.
Hundreds of supporters came out to rally behind the home side.
Highbury made their intentions clear in the opening minutes when they dominated the ball possession. Damain Christian opened the score sheet in the 13th minute to put his side in the lead.
Milan struggled to keep up with the pace when Highbury’s leading goal scorer, Abduraagman Moodien, doubled the score and Nigel Denis registered the third goal before the break.
Highbury came back in the second half even more determined to win the match with a high score.
Moodien scored twice after the break and Leroy van Rensburg scored the final goal for his side.
Highbury lost concentration towards the end of the game and allowed Milan to score a consolation goal.
Highbury remain in second place on the log table, with the same number of points as the leaders, Queenstown side Angavu Stars.
Stars lead on goal difference.
Highbury coach Garth Dickinson said he was happy with the performance of his charges.
“My boys were up for the challenge … I was impressed with their performance and we could have scored more goals, but we missed a lot of chances.”
With only five games left before the end of the season, Dickinson said: “We are hungry for success and we need to achieve our objective of winning the league title this season.”
Another Port Elizabeth semi-professional side, Real City, were beaten 1-0 by East London outfit FC Buffalo in an Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League match at the NU2 Stadium in Motherwell on Saturday.
Buffalo scored their goal before the break.
The visitors were in control of the game after they scored but City intensified their search for an equaliser in the second half.
They had a lot of chances but failed to score.
City have not been consistent in the second round of the league but they are safe from being relegated at the end of the season.
Tenth-placed City are now fighting for a top-eight position.
Port Elizabeth side Morning Stars beat struggling OR Tambo 1-0 in the provincial ABC Motsepe League clash at the Jan Smuts Stadium in East London on Saturday.
The only goal of the match was scored by Thandisile Tukani in the 75th minute.
Stars coach Siyabulela Isaac said he was pleased with the results.
“We could have scored more goals but my players failed to convert chances into goals.
“They played very well but they still need to get more chances in front of the goals.’ – Mthetho Ndoni