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Shabanie Mine maintain second spot

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Shabanie Mine . . . . . . (1) 2
Gunners . .. . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Shabanie Mine reclaimed second spot on the log after dismissing poor Gunners to complete a double over the Harare side in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane yesterday.

Two goals in each half from Pevington Zimunya and Tarisai Rukanda ensured that Luke Masomere’s men stayed four points behind Highlanders on 32 points after the leaders thrashed Quelaton 7-1 at Barbourfields Stadium.

Masomere said in the post match interview: “It was a wonderful display and I salute my guys for a brilliant show. It was a one-sided affair and we enjoyed dominance. We played very well and there was no challenge at all.”

Gunners coach Thanks Tengwe conceded that his side lost to a better team.

“We lost to a better side. We gifted them with two soft goals through elementary mistakes by our defenders. We came back strongly in the second half but failed to bury our chances,” Tengwe said.

The Zvishavane side started the match on a high note and nearly opened the score sheet in the first minute when forceful striker Rukanda’s shot hit the cross bar after he was set up by Nelson Mazivisa.

A minute later Mazivisa returned to haunt Gunners with a low shot that was blocked by Pardon Chinungwa.

Then the hosts opened the score sheet in the 25th minute through Zimunya. The striker combined with Rukanda in the box before the later lobbed the ball over Prosper Chigumba.

Tengwe introduced Ishmael Lawe and Lesley Gutuza in the second half for Wellington Kamudyariwa and Charles Makuruva respectively in a bid to get an early equaliser.

The changes brought a bit of urgency in the Gunners attack, but Shabanie still dominated the proceedings.

The hosts then increased the lead in the 61st through Rukanda, who tapped home from inside the box after he was set up by Caleb Masocha with a beautiful flick.

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