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Chinyama hat-trick


Dynamos . . . . . . . . . (1) 3
Hardbody . . . . . . . . . 0

Takesure Chinyama fired a memorable hat-trick on his league debut to steer defending champions Dynamos to victory over 10-man Premiership debutants Hardbody in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Rufaro yesterday.

Hardbody played the entire second half a man less after dreadlocked striker and captain Calisto Maheya was shown a straight red card by referee Ruzive Ruzive after stamping on David Kutyauripos head.

Chinyama opened the scoring with a long-range beauty midway in the first half, before adding two more goals in the second half to cap off a memorable debut.

As a result of yesterdays hat-trick, the on-song Chinyama took his goal tally in all competitions so far this season to six in three matches after scoring in the NetOne Charity Shield final and two more strikes on target in the Caf Champions League match away to Liga Muculmana in Mozambique.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa said he was delighted that his side had come out on top in their opening match, having struggled in past seasons on the opening day.

I thought it was a good performance from the young guys. Initially I think we struggled to settle because my boys were in a hurry to get quick goals since it was the first league game of the season, said Pasuwa.

Tavaka Gumbo, the Hardbody coach, said the expulsion of Maheya proved to be the turning point in the match.

My boys played very well, but after we were a man down the support upfront was lacking and we were not effective in the final third. I felt the red card was too harsh and in the end it proved to be the turning point in the match. In the end our objective was to defend so that we dont concede more goals.

It took a moment of brilliance from the former Hwange and Monomotapa bustling forward, who broke the deadlock with a 35-metre screamer in the 23rd minute.

The former Poland-based striker dispossessed a Hardbody defender way outside the visitors box before instantly releasing a ferocious first-time shot which beat Hardbody goal minder Alexander Useni hands down.

Another chance went begging for Dynamos two minutes before halftime when Denver Mukamba exchanged passes with Rodreck Mutuma on the right before releasing a curling shot which hit the outside of the right post.

A minute later, Hardbodys chance of launching a fight went up in flames when Maheya, who was playing as a lone striker, stamped on Kutyauripos head on the stroke of halftime before receiving his marching orders.

Midfielder Joseph Mutambo squandered Hardbodys best chance in the second half when he rose unmarked to meet Richard Jongwes cross but directed his header wide of goal.

The introduction of Martin Vengesai for Wonder Sithole and Tineyi Chitora for Mukamba after the hour mark gave Dynamos pace and width on the flanks.

In the 75th minute, the Hardbody defence, which had been resolute despite playing a man short, was guilty of ball watching when Chinyama rose unmarked in the box to nod home his second goal after a cross on the right from Mutuma.

Chinyama would be rewarded with his hat-trick after exchanging passes with Chitora on the right flank before surging into the penalty box and slotting the ball past an advancing Useni.

Dynamos: W Arubi, D Kutyauripo, G Magariro, T Magorimbo, M Makopa, D Mukamba (T Chitora 68th min), T Muparati (D Chafa 74th min), R Mutuma, W Sithole (M Vengesai 52nd min), P Jaure, T Chinyama
Hardbody: A Useni, C Simango (G Gwese 52nd min), B Juru, A Chuma, C Maheya, J Mutambo (I Ngondolo 87th min), A Marime (M Mageja 76th min), N Ncube, H Gravel, I Mugwamba, R Jongwe

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