By Sibusiso Masilela | 2020-02-27
SOCCER - A high flying Moneni Pirates claimed Manzini City bragging rights after beating cross-town rivals Manzini Wanderers 2-0.
This was during a tension filled hub derby played at the Mavuso Sports Centre last night where the ‘Sea Robbers’ claimed all maximum points at the expense of the ‘Weslians’ to remain in the top four bracket on the log table.
The traditional hub derby started on a high tempo with both teams coming hard at each other.
Wanderers were first to ask questions through their skipper Lwazi 'Shana' Maziya whose 25 yards free-kick was flicked over the bar by his former teammate Romanus Igidimba at Pirates goals.
Pirates’ real chance came before the half hour mark through a Fabrice Mopina’s ground shot that was timely saved by Wanderers goalkeeper Innocent Adja.
The 'Sea Robbers' eventually took the lead a minute before the break through a Siphosethu Mlotsa stunner after he blasted home a Fabrice Mopina pass, beating Adja hands down.
The match went to the break with Pirates leading 1-0.
Wanderers coach Nyanga ‘Crooks’ Hlophe made two changes in the early minutes of the second half, pulling out Mike Dombo and Njabulo Magongo for Majahasibili Ndlovu and Kwanele Dlamini.
Wanderers’ leftback Sanele Mngometulu fired wide two minutes before the hour mark after he was given space by the Pirates defence.
The match was disturbed by an off the field incident where a female Wanderers fan removed a water bottle at Pirates goals.
This even resulted in two Wanderers fans detained by the police after they attacked a hapeless, supporter who was suspected to be a Pirates fan.
Frustration seemed to have got the better of Wanderers as left back Sanele Mngometulu was later given marching orders by referee Thembinkhosi Dlamini for unsporting behaviour.
Pirates stole the contest five minutes from time via a Fabrice Mopina tap-in from a Mthunzi Motsa low cross following a break attack.
Pirates - Romanus, Menzi, Mthunzi, Samkelo, Takawira (Thabo), Meshack, Siphosethu (Dicko), Mbongeni (Lizwe), Mopina, Nhlanhla, Sifiso
Wanderers - Innocent, Sifiso, Sanele, Sihle, Lwazi, Mpendulo, Magagula, Njabulo (Kwanele), Manqoba (Chafiou), Mensah, Neliswa, Dombo (Majasibili)
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