Late penalty hands Leopards win
A penalty deep in stoppage time, converted by Rodney Ramagalela, his second goal of the match, saw Black Leopards beat the University of Pretoria 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Tuks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The first 45 minutes was a half dominated by the home side, but despite all their possession they were unable to find the back of the net and instead went into the halftime break a goal down.
The first half was played at a rather sluggish pace, but this was largely due to the water-logged pitch that made running for the players hard and the passing of the ball along the surface rather slow.
Nonetheless, Tuks started very brightly and had numerous shots on goal in the opening stages of the half, but there direction let them down.
In the sixth minute some trickery by Bongani Zungu saw him find space just outside the box, but the Tuks player saw his 22-yard shot sail narrowly wide of the target.
Two minutes later and it was Dumisani Ngwenya who had a chance to open the scoring after some swift interplay saw him ten-yards out from goal, but his snap shot also went wide of the upright.
In the 11th minute Zungu was in the action again, making his way into the box before shooting, his effort on target this time, but the keeper was up to the task with a fine save.
Azwindini Maphaha was called into the mix once more five minutes later when he denyed Tuks’ Mame Niang from close range.
Then in the 32nd minute, very much against the run of play, the away side took the lead through Rodney Ramagalela.
A poor clearance by Tuks saw the ball headed back into the box, catching the home team’s defence pair square and allowing Ramagalela through on goal, and the Leopards man made no mistake with a clinical finish, 1-0.
The rest of the half continued to be dictated by the University side, but they were unable to find the equaliser and entered the break one goal down.
The second 45 saw Leopards start the better of the two teams and Mogezi Bobe nearly doubled his side’s lead ten minutes after the restart, but he saw his ten-yard header go wide of the post.
Mame Niang should have equalised for Tuks in the 68th minute when he was on the end of a cross, but his close range header also went wide of the target.
In the 73rd minute, an inspired substitution by Steve Barker saw David Radebe enter the field and he repaid his coach seven minutes later when he did find the equaliser for Tuks.
Radebe produced a powerful long range effort that found the back of the net to draw his side level, 1-1.
And just as it appeared the game points would be shared, a penalty was awarded to Leopards deep in injury time and Ramagalela made no mistake from the penalty spot to seal the win for Leopards, 2-1.
University of Pretoria (0) 1 (Radebe 80’)
Black Leopards (1) 1 (Ramagalela 32’ + 94’)
AmaTuks: Arubi; Mphahlele, Mkhwanazi, Monyai, Sibande (Lubelo 61’), Ngwenya (Mosadi 41’), Zungu (Radebe 73’), Matsi, Ketjijere, Ngoma, Niang
Leopards: Maphaha (Mtshali 49’); Dzaga, Sithole, Khoza, Xakane, Bobe (Madbusela 86’), Nkambule, Munganga, Maake, Ramagalela, Amidu (Monama 46’)