Lebahi own goal gives TS Galaxy the edge as Ezenkosi exit Nedbank Cup

Carlo Gie of Jomo Cosmos challenges Nation Ndlovu of TS Galaxy  during the 2019 Nedbank Cup Last 16 match between Jomo Cosmos and TS Galaxy  on the  17 February 2019 at Puma Makhulong Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Carlo Gie of Jomo Cosmos challenges Nation Ndlovu of TS Galaxy during the 2019 Nedbank Cup Last 16 match between Jomo Cosmos and TS Galaxy on the 17 February 2019 at Puma Makhulong Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Jomo Cosmos were booted out of the Nedbank Cup last Sunday by fellow NFD campaigners, TS Galaxy who walked away with a lone goal victory at Makhulong Stadium.

Midway through the second half, Ezenkosi captain, Ange Lebahi deflected the ball into his own net from a right wing cross by Tshepo Chaine for the only goal of the game.

The home side dominated possession for most part of the encounter, and should have wrapped up proceedings in the dying moments of the first stanza, but two double saves by Man of the Match Ludwe Mpakumpaku kept the score 0-0 at the break.

Second half changes by Cosmos saw Kizito Obi, Vusimuzi Mncube and Letlhogonolo Kekana replacing Carlo Gie, Chibuike Ohizu and Zaphaniah Mbokoma respectively, but the visitors showed resilience and composure in their backline and kept Ezenkosi’s attackers at bay.

Galaxy broke the deadlock on 73 minutes when they launched a counter attack down the right flank, and from Tshepo Chaine’s low cross, Ange Lebahi deflected the ball into his own net.

Incidentally, Lebahi was the best man on the pitch when Ezenkosi outclassed Baroka FC in the previous round.

Late efforts by Cosmos to snatch an equalizer came unstuck as Galaxy held on to advance to the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup.

Both teams clash again this weekend in a National First Division (NFD) game to be hosted by Jomo Cosmos.

MATCH STATS                                                                

17 Feb, 2019; Nedbank Cup, Round of 16, Makhulong Stadium

JOMO COSMOS 0
TS GALAXY (0) 1 (Lebahi og 73’)
Ref:
Nozandzeka Thando
COSMOS: Chibwe – Tshangane, Umukoro, Lebahi ©, Hanamub – S. Ledwaba, Gie (Obi 68’), Mbokoma (Kekana 79’), Maziya – Mpontshane, Ohizu (Mncube 70’).
SUBS NOT USED: Buthelezi, Ngwepe, Jnr Sono, S. Nkosi.
COACH: Jomo Sono
TS GALAXY: Ludwe Mpakumpaku © – Mfundo Phungwayo, Bathusi Aubaas, Austin Dube, Terrence Mashego – Nation Ndlovu, Sizwe Mdlinzo, Sihle Nduli, Tshegofatso Nyama (Thabo Makhele 84’), Snethemba Ngidi (Zakhele Lepasa 55’) – Tshepo Chaine (Lethabo Mashifana 88’).
SUBS NOT USED: Siyabonga Khumalo, Masizhake Myataza, Tumelo Bodibe, Stanley Makgoka.
COACH: Daniel Malesela
BOOKED: Dube

-Mark Ogagan

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