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Gunners shock FC Platinum at home

[Posted 18 May 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Norman Maroto, seen here in Gunners" colours, failed to inspire FC Paltinum against his former club

Former Zimbabwe champions and bottom-placed team on the Castle Premiership log, before Tuesday, Gunners FC, surprised all and sundry when they walloped highly rated FC Platinum 3-0 away from home at Maglas Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Gunners came to the mining town of Zvishavane meaning business, and made their intentions clear as early as the first minute when they found the opener, despite missing several key players including influential midfielder Ashley Rambanepasi Qadr Amin who in South Africa on trials with unnamed outfits.

Ismael Lawe scored with a powerful header past Tafadzwa Dube from a Charles Makuruva cross from the right to give Gunners the lead they so desperately needed to move away from the foot of the log.

Despite giving an early fight to restore parity with Norman Maroto failing to equalise in the 3rd minute, the home team went down further when the visitors grabbed a second goal in the 13th minute through double scorer Cliff Sekete's header.

Sekete then caused a defeaning silence in the 43rd minute at Maglas, when his brilliant movement with the ball from deep into the midfield, ended with the midfielder letting fly a screamer which nestled into the top corner of Dube's goal to score Gunners' 3rd goal.

It looked all over for the platinum miners, despite an early indication that they would fight back.

It just wasn't FC Platinum's days, and coach Philani Ncube should shoulder some blame for benching regulars. Introducing Benjamin Marere and Charles Sibanda in the second half did not help matters for the home team, as the visitors defended resolutely.

Sibanda even missed a penalty in the 82nd minute after Moses Muchenje had handled in the box. That summed up coach Ncube's day in office, and he admditted as such after the match.

"You have to expect everything in football, a draw, a loss and a win. It was not just our day today as we even failed to score a penalty. That is what happens if it is not your day.

"The players that I fielded were performing very well at training and it was a decision we made as a team to rest some players, " Ncube said after the match.

Ncube had led his team to three wins in a row ever since he took over following the passing on of Benjamin Moyo about a month ago.

His opposite number Darlington Dodo was over the moon, for leading his team away from the last position on the log.

"I am delighted to have won this afternoon. We had a solid defence and every department played very well with the strikers playing well up-front.

"The team is very good and is made up of young players and I know people might be surprised why we are at the bottom.This is how we have been playing but we were just unfortunate not to win," Dodo remarked.

The match at Maglas featured two teams who both wanted to rise from their positions, albeit from different ends of the log.

If Platinum had won the match, or even drawn on Tuesday, they could have taken pole position on the log, but the first home loss has dented those dreams, at least for now.

Gunners on the other hand, will be delighted to have swapped bottom position with fellow strugglers Shooting Stars.


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