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Reigning champions Motor Action closed the gap on log leaders FC Platinum after seeing off the challenge of bottom-placed Kiglon FC in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Motor Action Sports Club.
Masimba Mambare scrambled in the first goal for the Mighty Bulls 10 minutes from full time with Enasio Perezo heading in the second three minutes later.
Yesterday’s win saw Motor Action taking their point tally to 37 points, two points adrift of surprise package FC Platinum, who currently lead the log after 18 games.
Missing the services of the influential Conrad Whitby, who was sitting in the terraces after deciding to join Motor Action, Kiglon were always going to struggle and spent the better part of the first half in a defensive mode.
Had it not been for the Mighty Bulls strikers — Mambare, Tawanda Nyamandwe, Eddie Chitato and Gift Phiri — who took turns to miss, Kiglon could have lost by a huge score line.
Kiglon, who were playing without name tags in violation of league regulations, could have fallen behind in the 24th minute, but Allan Gahadzikwa headed over the bar with goalkeeper Steve Chimusoro a beaten man.
With half an hour on the mark, Chitato shot weakly at Chimosoro after getting to the end of an Ocean Mushure cross from the right.
The second half saw Motor Action playing with more conviction as they continued in their search for an equaliser which proved to be elusive until the 80th minute.
Mushure flighted in a harmless-looking ball into the box, which Mambare squeezed into the nets under pressure from Kiglon defenders. Barely three minutes later, Perezo made it two-nil for the Mighty Bulls heading in a Mushure corner kick from the right with the Kiglon defence at sea.
Motor Action coach Joey Antipas attributed the team’s victory to the players’ commitment in the second half.
“They thought Kiglon were going to be a pushover and that is the reason they raised their game in the second half,” he said.