24 July 2014 - North West side Steach United claimed their first win of the SAFA Second Division/ ABC Motsepe League playoffs after beating Natal United 2-0 on Thursday.
After just three minutes Steach were within a few inches of opening the scoring when Sandile Sithole saw his shot deflecting onto the crossbar.
There were then two good chances for the KZN team, but Kelfiwe Buthulezi missed the target from right in front of goal, while Mbekezeli Dlamini dragged his effort wide from 18-yards out.
The action switched to the other end of the field, where Natal goalkeeper Gezani Zondi made a fine save, tipping Thapelo Ndlovu’s long range pile-driver over the bar while Sithole failed to squeeze the ball in at the near post with Zondi struggling to cover the ground.
The Northern Cape outfit were to take the lead 15 minutes into the second half, courtesy of an own goal by Samkelo Sibisi, who put the ball into his own net from close range under pressure from a Steach attacker.
Sithole could have doubled the lead in the 70th minute, but after a strong run down the right, he was denied by a fine save from Zondi.
But Sithole was to make no mistake when he doubled the lead six minutes before the end of the game, slamming a powerful shot into the roof of the net from the right hand side of the box.
The hosts ended the game with only nine men after Siphosake Mbatha received his marching orders for a foul on the impressive Sithole.
Cape Town All Stars 0-2 Apollo
Cape Town All Stars lost 2-0 to Apollo in a SAFA Second Division/ ABC Motsepe League played at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Thursday.
The Mpumalanga team now have four points from their two matches, while All Stars have six points from three games.
Apollo were in front after just 13 minutes when Mpiti Maimela thudded home a powerful header.
All Stars had some great opportunitir4s to restore parity, but Marcelino Johnson flashed a header wide with the goal at his mercy, while Marawaan Bantam had a free kick tipped over the bar by the excellent Nkosinathi Shembe.
Maimela however was to double Apollo’s lead when he fired in a close range volley five minutes before the break.
Johnson nearly pulled a goal back moments before half time, but saw his shot deflecting off Shembe and onto the bar.
The second half saw the Cape side making most of the running, but they struggled to penetrate a stubborn Apollo defence, for whom goalkeeper Shembe continued to impress.
There were no more than half chances for All Stars, with Bantam coming closest when his bundled shot was cleared off the line in the dying moments of the game.
Angavu Stars 2-1 Sibanye Golden Stars
Eastern Cape side Angavu Stars emerged 2-1 victors over Sibanye Golden Stars in a SAFA Second Division/ ABC Motsepe League played at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Thursday.
Sibanye made a good start to the game and were 1-0 up after just four minutes when Mafanyane Mokitimo was played in on goal, finding the bottom corner of the net with a clinical right footed shot.
But the lead was to last only 10 minutes as Angavu hit back in the 14th minute when
Lutho Totwana got onto the edge of the cross and looped a header over the onrushing goalkeeper.
Sibanye had chances to regain their lead, but Patrick Lekaota had his volley saved, while Mokitimo saw his rising shot clearing the crossbar by a matter of inches after 33 minutes.
With 10 minutes to go, the Eastern Cape XI were back in business when Simlindile Zuka was fouled by goalkeeper Ramokone Molete, who was red-carded.
Polelo Putsane stepped into goal for Sibanye, but was unable to stop the spot kick as Zuka found the bottom corner of the net to secure the victory.
Angavu now have four points from three games, while Sibanye are yet to register any points after two matches.