Absa Premiership

Leopards claim first win of PSL campaign away to Maritzburg

2019-08-28 22:01
Lesedi Kapinga of Black Leopards challenged by Laz
Lesedi Kapinga 2019 (©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Cape Town - Lesedi Kapinga's first-half goal proved the difference as Black Leopards edged out Maritzburg United 1-0 at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday for their first win of the Premiership campaign.

With the first half winding down, Leopards broke the deadlock when Kapinga slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner, and with Maritzburg failing to convert from the penalty in the second stanza, it was the visitors who walked away with all three points.

After a cautious start from both teams, the match eventually sprang to life in the 21st minute when Judas Mosemaedi forced Leopards keeper Jonas Mendes into making a low, diving save to his right.

Another chance presented itself on 35 minutes, when Mosemaedi headed the ball towards the back post, but Siyanda Xulu was unable to capitalise as he fired straight into the keeper's grateful arms on the half-volley.

Maritzburg were made to pay for that missed opportunity just minutes later as Kapinga fired into the bottom corner from close range after being teed up by Musonda Mwape.

The goal-scoring chances were few and far between after the break, with neither side able to stamp their authority on proceedings.

The hosts were handed a glorious chance to level matters with ten minutes remaining on the clock, following a handball in the box.

However, Mendes again underlined his importance as he got down well to his right to deny Mosemaedi's spot-kick.

And that was the last chance of note as Leopards held firm in the remaining minutes to clinch what could turn out to be a crucial three-point haul come the end of the campaign.

The Team of Choice, meanwhile, are still searching for their first win of the 2019/20 season, having recorded two draws and two defeats in their opening four games.

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Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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