Motor Action . . . . 0
Gunners . . . . . .(1) 1
MOSES Chunga’s Gunners inched closer to safety after edging a battling Motor Action in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie at Motor Action Sports Club yesterday.
Report by Tawanda Tafirenyika Sports Correspondent
Gunners raced into the lead after just two minutes with forward Valentine Ndaba capitalising on a static Motor Action defence to shoot past an unsuspecting goalkeeper Marlon Jani.
The win saw Chunga’s men taking their points tally to 31 with one game left before the season ends. But Gunners, who have collected maximum points in their previous two matches against in-form Monomotapa and Harare City, will have to wait a bit longer before they know their status after fellow relegation-threatened side Black Mambas, who were tied with Gunners on 28 points also increased their tally to 31 following a 2-1 win over relegated Hardbody.
Chunga said: “We have to fight for another day. We are still fighting relegation. We took one of the chances that came our way, but we had a subdued game, possibly because of the unnecessary break. We are not worried about goals but the points. The goal difference comes last and the points determine first whether you are surviving or not,” said Chunga.
Motor Action dominated in the early moments of the match with Isaac Masame coming close with a stunning free-kick outside the box on nine minutes only to be tipped over by Gunners goalkeeper Clayton Dombo. Gift Phiri missed a good chance after Passmore Bernard flighted a ball into the box and Phiri unleashed a shot which was palmed to safety by Dombo.
Both teams failed to create meaningful chances in the second half.
Motor Action coach Joey Antipas gave credit to Gunners: “We didn’t play well, but credit to Gunners especially their defence which was not yielding. Our aim was to try to get into the top six, but still a top-eight finish is fine for us after we struggled at the beginning of the season.”