Subs dim Stars’ lights in Bay derby

SWARTKOPS Valley United Brothers (Subs) beat Morning Stars 2-1 in a Safa Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe Second Division soccer match in Motherwell.

The match was played in good spirit and Zwide-based outfit Stars scored the opening goal after 25 minutes through Luzuko Hambaze.

Ludwe Sonjica equalised for the home side in the 39th minute and scored a second goal in the 64th minute.

Stars shone in the first 30 minutes, but became too ambitious after they scored and were forced on to the defensive. They lost concentration, allowing Subs to dominate possession and get back into the game through Sonjica’s first goal.

After Sonjica’s second goal, Subs continued to trouble the Stars’ defence, but they managed to hold their opponents at bay.

Subs’ manager Wonga Hlelani said he was happy to be on the winning side of the Bay derby.

“The team played very well and it would have been embarrassing to lose in front of our supporters,” Hlelani said.

“We are happy with the three points before we go to the league’s break and we will come back next year stronger and more determined to gain points.”

Stars’ manager Siyabulela Isaac said he was disappointed with the performance of his team.

“We started the game very well and we managed to score, but we seemed to relax after that,” he said.

“We were unlucky to miss so many chances that could have been goals.”

The game between Highbury and East London-based outfit Tornado was abandoned at the Gelvandale Stadium on Friday night, with the PE team leading 1-0.

Tornado complained about the poor lights and Safa officials said they would investigate the matter. –  Mthetho Ndoni

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