QUELATON picked up their fifth point of the season as they frustrated and held Highlanders to a draw before a disappointed audience at Barbourfields.
Coming into this game Bosso were expected and indeed were expecting to trample over the bottom side. It all started promisingly as we dominated the opening exchanges with ease. The early goal came as expected when right back Lawson Nkomo over lapped, sent in a teasing cross for Milton Ncube to nod home. It was plain sailing at that stage.
Alas out of nowhere, a loose ball was not properly cleared in our box & the ball fell to a Quelaton man on the edge of the D & he rifled a rocket in, to equalise. Even then we all felt with around an hour of play to contend with that we could go on to nose ahead and stretch out lead. There was a lengthy stoppage as Fazo was kicked in the head and had to be treated. Groundsmen came in to clean the blood which was on the turf. Surprise substitute Mapuranga replaced Fazo in the first half.
The second period began with a lot of promise as the boys showed agency. We however missed chance after chance with Bhekimpilo Ncube having the easiest one. Mambare crossed from the right and all Bheki had to do was to tap in with his trusted left foot. He dilly dallied and lost possession. Substitute Beavan also made space on the right and somehow Milton’s effort rolled agonisingly inches off target. Lawson got a knock & was replaced by Atlast and this left Kaindu with one card/sub to play around with. Graham Ncube was felled in the box by the keeper and he claimed a penalty only to be greeted with a booking for ‘diving’.
Quelaton were sensing a point with time running out and started employing some delaying tactics.
Hooligans who in the past have hidden under the guise of poor matching officiating to cause disruptions were at it again throwing missiles.
They however were stopped by fellow fans before they could smuggle their ill advised agendas further.
The match pitted out to a quite unexpected draw and it really felt like a defeat in the end.
Ariel7 – was never troubled the whole afternoon & there was little he could have done to prevent the goal.
Lawson 6 – came in with an assist, got injured before he could have an impact on proceedings Kangwa 7 – quiet afternoon. Was not troubled as well
Eric 8 – was skipper for all of 38min before Inno came in & marshalled things well
Fazo 6 – got a bad looking head injury in the first half. He failed to effectively clear the ball which resulted in a goal Mthulisi 7 – showed urgency when the going was tough and excellent passing Rio 6 – was kept quiet by his ex team-mates.
Milton 7 – goal scorer. Could have won it for us at the end with a bit of luck
Bheki 5 – contender for miss of the season. He missed when it was easier to score. His positional wasn’t great as several crosses flew over his head the entire afternoon. Graham 6 – was not involved in play and had few dissent chances. Mambare 7 – didn’t really work the defenders with his blistering pace. Subs
Mapuranga 7 – brought agency though to no avail.
Atlast 6 – needs to work on his passing game.
Beavan 7 – needs more game time because each time he comes in he shows promise. By Sbue