Vasco rally late to deny Bucks victory
19 March 2016
Mthatha Bucks seemed destined for a well-earned win at Parow Park on Saturday, only for Vasco da Gama to clinch a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.
Amathol’amnyama had been the brighter side on the day, especially in the first half, when they outplayed the hosts with some slick combination play, taking a deserved lead into the break through Bafana Dlamini’s well-taken individual goal on 19 minutes.
But Bucks found themselves coming under increasing pressure in the second stanza, and having survived a couple of scares, finally conceded an 85th minute goal when Rafiq de Goede netted after a goal-mouth scramble, which had seen a possible foul on Bucks keeper Maranti.
T1' - the Ref gets proceedings underway at Parow Park, perfect conditions all round as we lock horns with Vasco.
5' - Stop in play as the Vasco keeper White goes down after taking a goalkick, fairly open in the early stages, 0-0.
7' - Opening chance falls for Mbhele as Khumalo does well to find the Bucks attacker in space, his shot though goes inches wide, 0-0.
19' - GOOOOOAAAAALLLL Bucks!!! Dlamini with the opener as he slices through the Vasco defence to shoots home, 0-1.
28' - Substitution Bucks as Mbhele makes way for Jonasi, 0-1.
42' - The homeside starting to apply some pressure as our defence gets tested, but our defence stands firm, 0-1.
2 minutes added, as it's advantage Amathol'amnyama leading 0-1 as we approach half time. Vasco Da Gama 0-1 Mthatha Bucks (Dlamini)
46' - 2nd half is underway as we look to add to our lead, Vasco 0-1 Bucks.
49' - Substitute Van Graan nearly finds the equaliser, nervy moments at the back but it's straight back into attack for Bucks, 0-1.
56' - Coach Eddie not looking to sit back and defend as he add some fresh legs in attack with Maso replaces Mapompo, 0-1.
66' - Vasco sees yellow as Dlamini plays a delightful pass to split their defence, finding Njokweni but he is brought down by Rowell, 0-1.
85' - Amathol'amnyama faithful continue rally behind their team as Vasco starts to throw everything at the Bucks defence, 0-1.
87' - GOAL Vasco, homeside finds the equaliser as De Goede gets on the end of the ball, after a scramble in the box, 1-1.
3 minutes added, 1-1 as we go in search of the winner.
Last minute drama as Hlubi sees red, 1-1. #NFD
Mthatha Bucks XI vs Vasco: Maranti, Dlamini, Hlubi, Mokoena, Rantabane, Njokweni, Mapompo, Ndletyana, Mahlobo, Khumalo, Mbhele.
Mthatha Bucks Subs vs Vasco: Da Gama: Sifunda, Nkala, Maso, Kama, Radebe, Jonasi, Madikane.
Vasco Da Gama XI vs Mthatha Bucks: White, Patricio, De Geode, Gertse, Moroole, Piertesen, Mumuni, Muishond, Webber, Smith, Kebatho.
Vasco Da Gama Subs vs Mthatha Bucks: Nqgobe, Armogam, Van Graan, Shellar, Rowell, Karkee, Chabeli.