Absa Premiership

Black Aces win Mbombela Cup

2015-07-25 19:46
Mpumalanga Black Aces (File)

Mbombela - Mpumalanga Black Aces won the Inaugural Mbombela Spectacular Cup after coming from behind to draw 2-2, and then beat Platinum Stars 4-1 in penalties at Mbombela Stadium.

The outcome of the match is sweet revenge of Amazayoni as they lost to Dikwena in the Maize Challenge a fortnight ago.

The first half started at a high tempo with both teams playing attacking football, having fielded completely different teams to the one that played semi-final matches earlier in the day.

However the opening exchanges of the match were affected by the slippery pitch following heavy rain.

Shu Aib Walters was tested earlier in the match as Eleazar Rodgers searched for the opening goal, but the Aces goalkeeper was up to the task.

Esau Mtsweni given a rare start seemed to be a man on a mission as his a header and long range efforts went wide with Aces looking to go ahead.

The first half was full of missed opportunities as the match headed for the break at goalless.

Both benches reacted by making chances earlier in the second half and it would be Platinum Stars who would benefit from Bongi Ntuli, who came in a half time.

The lanky striker, who joined Dikwena on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns, reacted quickly from a good save made by Walters to put his team ahead in the 47th minute.

Aces looked to have got themselves back in the game but Judas Moseamedi was ruled out for an offside shortly after Stars got the lead.

The equalising goal finally came for Aces in the 60th minute after several attempts.

Given Mashikinya slotted in a penalty kick to put his team back in the game.

But the celebrations were cut short as a Mduduzi Nyanda’s free kick was deflected into the back of the by Omar Hendricks in the 62nd minute as Platinum Stars reclaimed their lead.

Second half substitute. Ndumiso Mabena rattled the upright form a rebound as Dikwena looked to kill the game towards the end.

Aces managed to equalise at the death as Moseamedi broke the hearts of Platinum Stars to take the match to penalties.

The match ended at 2-2 and had to be settled in a penalty shootout.

Earlier in the afternoon Wits won the third/fourth play-off, beating Tuks 4-1 on penalties, after their match had also ended 2-2 in regulation time.

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