Knockando and Magents battled to improve their log standings in the Wits internal football league.
Magents’ second-half effort against Knockando secured them a thrilling 4-3 victory at Wits University on August 15.
Knockando started strong with captain and midfield-general Neo Goseatla threading the ball neatly for his front-runners. An early goal through a well-taken 15th minute penalty by Knockando’s centre-back, Sibusiso Zitha set the tone for the match.
Despite some crafty passing by the Knockando strikers, Magents’ defense proved impenetrable. .
Magents’ confidence increased with the equaliser coming in the 21st minute courtest of striker Skaraba Jacobs.
Sheldon “Messi” Short followed with Magents’ second goal to put the team a goal up at the end of the first half.
A two-on-one situation saw Knockando’s Goseatla fluff a golden opportunity to level the score. It was a missed chance the midfielder would regret when a Magents capitalised by netting their third goal by Jacobs.
Knockando responded a minute later as Goseatla made up for his earlier mistake by reducing the deficit by another goal in the 58th minute. It only took Goseatla another two minutes before he found the back of the net for the second time taking the game to 3-3.
With less than five minutes to play, Magents broke the deadlock with an expertly taken free kick, headed in by Short giving with Magents the 4-3 victory.
Magents’ win means a move up the league ladder and a welcome respite from their third last position at the start of the game. Their determination to make that move was clear throughout the game. .
“We are certainly relieved to end a losing streak,” said Magents captain and defender Luando Wynkwaart. “We fought hard tonight and hopefully we’ll grind out another positive result next Thursday.”
Zitha contemplated on his team’s loss, saying, “We failed to convert many chances. Those guys beat us by playing long balls. We had a stable game. We were trying to match them with passes in the midfield but they had better midfielders and a good pace of them game, so that’s how we lost.”
Knockando will play against Educators next Thursday, August 22 at Dig Field A.
FEATURED IMAGE: Knockando’s centre-back Sibusiso Zitha (left) and captain Sibusiso Ngcobo (right) remain positive after their team’s loss against Magents on August 15. Photo: Imaan Moosa