Lengthens. . . . . .0 (1)
Eagles . . . . . . . . . 0
Veteran striker More Moyo summoned his experience when he hauled Lengthens back into the equation with a priceless goal towards the end in a fiercely contested Premiership soccer tie against Eagles at Rufaro Sunday.
Moyo tucked home from a goalmouth scramble on 81 minutes after he had been set up by substitute Charlton Nyapfuri.
The win took Lengthens’ points tally to 29 the same as Black Mambas who fell 2-1 to Shabanie Mine -setting the stage for one of the most intriguing conclusions to the Premiership season.
The Happy People face log leaders Motor Action in a decisive tie in the last match of the campaign while Black Mambas will take on second-placed Dynamos.
With Shooting Stars winning against Monomotapa in the other match, it is Lengthens and Mambas who have to move mountains as either of them could face the dreaded chop come the end of the campaign.
Lengthens coach Jiestein Mathuthu who paced up and down before Moyo’s goal, was a relieved man at the final whistle while his counterpart Patridge Muskwe cut a frustrated figure.
“Experience made the difference,” commented Mathuthu.
“He didn’t do much but simply used his experience. These are very important points for us. We are now back in the picture after we had been written off. The team played well and it is now up to us to mess or make up in the final match. The match against Motor Action will decide but it will be the toughest one because there will be a lot of pressure on the field and also from the media. We will, however, try to manage the situation.”
Lengthens started with a lot of zeal and could have gone up after 28 minutes but left-back Arnold Chivheya’s effort was saved by goalkeeper Godswill Saungweme.
Eagles also had a chance two minutes later when Gift Phiri breached the Lengthens defence only for his effort to be tipped away by goalkeeper Muzondiwa Gonese.
After the break, Eagles came back showing a lot of determination and substituteTawanda Mareya watched his well taken shot being saved by Gonese.
But it was Moyo- the former Buymore striker-who killed the game as a contest with a clinical finish in a goalmouth melee.
The Happy People wheeled away in celebration while Eagles players were dejected and downcast.
Lengthens: M Gonese, L Banda, A Chivheya, G Moyo, S Matsangaidze, T Magaisa (C Nyapfuri 76th minute), M Mhungu, P Makanje, M Chipunza M Mburayi 76th minute), M Moyo, T Muyendi.
Eagles: C Webster, M Dumbura, Katsaruware Brian, K Callistus T Mareya 65th min), H Mugoniwa, O Mwerahari, E Mwinga P Muzondo 82nd), G Phiri, R Tsepo, S Godswill.