AmaZulu crush Leopards

2012-04-22 17:33

Johannesburg - AmaZulu climbed further up the top half of the standings with a 4-1 drubbing of Premiership strugglers Black Leopards in Giyani on Sunday.

The visitors showed early intent with Kagiso Senamela firing a shot over the crossbar in the 12th minute.

They took the lead a minute later after Humphrey Khoza brought down Siyabonga Thwala and Marc Van Heerden drilled home from the free kick.

Leopards, however, hit back shortly before the half-hour mark, with Raymond Monama finding Luyolo Mapolisa in the area as the latter scored the equaliser.

The home side looked dangerous for a period, surging ahead and missing a number of chances on either side of the break.

Amazulu goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini was called to action in the 48th minute, keeping out a shot from Mongezi Bobe, and then he got a hand to a Mapolisa strike, tipping it over the bar.

The visitors regained control, though, when Siyabonga Thwala netted in the 62nd minute after connecting with a cross from Kagiso Senamela on the right.

Ayanda Dlamini banged in their third goal to stretch the gap with 17 minutes left, and though AmaZulu's strike force blasted a few efforts wide in the dying stages, Goodman Dlamini found the target in injury time to bury the hosts.

While AmaZulu climbed to seventh place in the standings, Leopards were left looming only one point above the relegation zone with four games left in the league season.