Tswarelo Msuru of Maindis controls the ball, while Munei Nemuramba of Stars is on her heels.
Maindis Ladies FC kept their title hopes alive when they narrowly beat Shayandima Morning Stars 1-0 in their Sasol Women’s League match at the Guvhukuvhu grounds on Saturday.
Morning Stars played defensive football in the first 20 minutes of the game. At that stage, the visitors were all over them, pumping balls to the Stars’ danger area time after time.
Realizing that their scoring chances were slim, Maindis’ technical staff effected an early change to their starting lineup. They replaced Raesetja Mametja with Adolphina Bopape in the 19th minute. Bopape formed a good combination with Molepo Rapatsa at the forefront. Rapatsa was unfortunate in the 28th minute. She went loose from the left corner, but her half volley missed the target by inches.
Maindis effected two more changes early in the second half. Moloko Rathisa and Disebo Mametja came on for Felicia Rikhotso and Tswarelo Msuru respectively. Morning Stars responded by replacing Onezwa Pinana with Olga Netshidzivhani.
The goal that earned Maindis the three important points came in the 69th minute. Maite Magoro beat the offside trap and blasted in a rocket from close range. A few moments later, Molepo Rapatsa of Maindis was given her marching orders, following a second bookable offence.
The home side played attacking football in the last 15 minutes of the game, but the defence of Maindis was stubborn. Phuluso Mithelo of Stars missed a sitter in the dying minutes of the game.
The defeat means that Morning Stars are out of the race for promotion to the newly launched Premier League.
Date:14 September 2018 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.