23 July 2014 - Cape Town All Stars came from behind to beat Angavu Stars 3-1 in a SAFA Second Division/ ABC Motsepe League play-off game in Lamontville on Wednesday morning.
The result leaves the Cape side with six points from two games, while Anvagu have one point from their two outings in Durban.
Anvagu were first on the score-board when Aubrey Mthani hammered in a powerful drive from 25-yards, the ball deflecting off a defender before hitting the underside of the crossbar and bouncing into the net.
The Cape Town side grew stronger after the break and Marawaan Bantam had a shot cleared off the line, while defender Kristopher Bergman flashed a header wide of goal.
All Stars were back on level terms when on 70 minutes when Aphiwe Mhlongo was fouled in the box, resulting in a penalty kick which was converted by Marcelino Johnson on 70 minutes.
The win was sealed with two late goals, Ismaeel Stansfield showing good composure with an 83rd minute lob before Amigo Mamela dispossessed a defender inside the box and then picked out the bottom corner to make sure of the three points.
Magesi FC upset home team Natal United with a 2-1 victory at the SJ Smith Stadium.
The first half was an evenly matched affair, with neither team able to get the upper hand, while there were few chances on goal.
Natal made the breakthrough just before half time when Nkosinathi Siyaya converted from the penalty spot.
The match came alive midway through the second half, with Magesi going close through Tumelo Mashakana, whose header was too close to Natal keeper Gezani Zondi, while at the other end of the field Mpho Morakaladi should have done better when clean through on goal.
Magesi were to draw level in the 66th minute when Donald Mokondelela rifled the ball home from the right hand side of the box.
With time running out, Magesi completed the come-from-behind win when Thabang Matlou sprinted into the box before beating Zondi with a clinical low strike from 10-yards out in the 89th minute.
Steach United 0-1 Highlands Park
In the third game of Day Two, Highlands Park were given a run for their money before edging to a slender victory.
Steach keeper Vuyisani Mangaliso made some good saves early on to keep out Matome Mabebe and Nicolas Boke as Highlands found their rhythm after what had been a slow start.
Mzwakha Shili nearly gave the Gauteng side the lead midway through the second half, but was unlucky to see his shot smashing into the woodwork.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 66th minute when Charles Kokobane scored with a clinical back-post header from a corner kick.
The Northern Cape outfit gave their all in the dying minutes of the match to try and pull a goal back, but Highlands Park’s solid defence, lead by captain Thabo Mokgothu, held firm to secure the three points, their second win in two games.
Apollo 1-1 Shining Stars
North West side Shining Stars had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Apollo, despite having dominated their SAFA Second Division/ ABC Motsepe League Playoff encounter.
Shining Stars edged the first half, looking the more dangerous side when going forward. The Apollo defence was twice called to make goal-line clearances, first from Daniel Kgosana’s dangerous cross, and later from Katlego Lentswe’s powerful header.
But the North West side kept on pressing for a goal and were rewarded when Ramalete Mooka cut into the box and fired a powerful left-footed drive goal wards, the ball deflecting off a defender and wrong-footing Apollo goalkeeper Nkosinathi Shembe.
Shembe was again called into action after the restart, making two excellent saves to keep out Siyanda Ngubo’s deflected shot from inside the box and then showing great agility to tip Kuludi Phaho’s rasping drive over the bar.
Vincent Mashilo should have increased Shining Stars’ lead on the hour mark, but looped a header over the bar from only 10-yards out before Shembe was called into making another save, this time from the impressive Dumisani Ngwenya.
With five minutes to go Apollo levelled the score-line very much against the run of play when Mapiti Maimela sent a header flying into the back of the net following a free kick routine.