AmaZulu FC were beaten 1-0 by TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership match at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.
The result left Usuthu and the Rockets on the 12th and sixth spots respectively on the league standings.
The Rockets threatened first through Mokete Mogaila following a good move by the hosts 14 minutes into the encounter.
The speedy winger unleashed a good shot which was well-saved by Siyabonga Mbatha, who was well-positioned in the AmaZulu goal-posts.
Galaxy continued to attack and they managed to break the deadlock three minutes before the half-hour mark.
Ibrahim Seedat’s well-taken corner-kick found Wayde Lekay, who headed past Mbatha to make it 1-0 to hand Galaxy a well-deserved lead.
However, Galaxy suffered a blow when their central defender Bevan Fransman went down injured just before half-time and he was replaced by Gerald Modisane.
Galaxy were leading 1-0 during the half-time break.
Coach Ayanda Dlamini introduced Augustine Mulenga prior to the start of the second-half as AmaZulu looked to restore parity.
The Zambia international had an opportunity to make it 1-1 five minutes after the restart, but he placed his effort over the crossbar.
Dlamini’s counterpart, Dan Malesela made a triple change as he introduced Mxolisi Macuphu, Sanele Barns and Bathusi Aubaas in the 65th minute.
AmaZulu had two good chances in the closing stages of the match with Galaxy keeper Wensten Van Der Linde denying Siphelele Mthembu.
Before Mthembu set-up Luvuyo Memela, who was also denied by Van Der Linde to ensure that the game ended in a 1-0 win in favour of Galaxy on the night.
Galaxy (1) 1 (Lekay 27′)
AmaZulu (0) 0
Galaxy: Van der Linde, Bodibe, Msimango, Fransman (Modisane 45′), Seedat, Mbunjana, Ndlovu (Aubaas 65′), Mogaila (Barns 65′), Tshepe (Letsholonyane 78′), Mbatha, Lekay (Macuphu 65′)
AmaZulu: Mbatha, Gumede, Mabiliso, Xoki, Booysen, Ncube, Sithebe, Chawapiwa (Mulenga 46′), Memela, Magubane, Majoro (Mthembu 75′).Share