Posted on April 22, 2012 17:47
AmaZulu moved into seventh on the Premier Soccer League standings with their 4-1 hammering of Black Leopards in Giyani on Sunday.
Marc Van Heerden opened the scoring from a free-kick on 14 minutes, after Humphrey Khoza had fouled Siyabonga Thwala, with his effort flying into the back of the net, leaving goalkeeper Thabang Maluleke with no chance.
Leopards were back on level terms with 28 minutes played, however, with Luyolo Mapolisa latching onto a Raymond Monama pass before drilling his effort past Tapuwa Kapini.
But Tangeni Shipahu regained the lead for Usuthu in the 63rd minute after doing superbly well to get on the end of a Kagiso Senamela cross and Ayanda Dlamini gave his side some breathing space when he smashed home with 17 minutes left. All this before Goodman Dlamini's injury-time strike to seal all three points.
This result coupled with Santos' 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs, means there is just one point separating the two struggling sides at the bottom of the table with four games to play.
The visitors looked dangerous from the off with Kagiso Senamela blazing a shot over the crossbar in the 12th minute with Leopards finding some impetus after netting their equaliser. But they were guilty of missing a number of chances before the break.
Kapini did well to deny Mongezi Bobe in the 48th minute before he tipped a Mapolisa strike over the bar.
But from then on in it was all AmaZulu who were full value for their comprehensive win.