18 January 2020 – TS Galaxy suffered heartbreak right at the death after letting go of a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at the hands of JDR Stars at the Giant Stadium in Soshanguve on Saturday, 18 January.
The loss was a disappointing result for the visitors who for the better half of the match dominated their hosts with great team build ups.
It was the Rockets who took the game to their hosts with their quality build ups in search of the early opener. It took just three minutes for the visitors to threaten the JDR goal with Sanele Barns.
With the cool weather conditions, the visitors were able to maintain the same tempo that saw JDR retreating and opting to catch their counterparts on the counter.
It was in the 10th minute when anchor-man, Bathusi Aubaas nearly found the opener with a fierce shot that went inches over the bar following a deflection. Aubaas was again in the thick of things when his touch from the resulting corner was cleared off the line.
The hosts almost caught Galaxy off guard with a quick counter that saw Ludwe Mpakumpaku doing well to close the angle and deny Moeketsi Makhanya a clear attempt at goal.
Sipho Zwane had JDR’s second real chance at goal in the 15th minute when his shot was saved from close range thanks to the acrobatic Ludwe Mpakumpaku.
The visitors regained their momentum after absorbing the pressure and were almost rewarded after an unexpected long ball from Mashego found Barns, who’s shot was blocked by Zenzele Ndwandwe in the 25thminute.
Coming into the second stanza, it was the in-form, Khayelihle Shozi who was a menace in the opening half that almost broke the deadlock two minutes into the half with a well taken shot that was saved by the keeper.
A good passage of play in the 55th minute saw Mpakumpaku coming to the rescue again with a brilliant close range save from a fierce shot by Makhanya.
The deadlock eventually broke in the 63rd minute when Barns capitalised on an error from JDR with a brilliant run that concluded with a well taken shot to the near post the left the keeper with no chance.
Aubass’ well taken grass cutter to extend the lead finds keeper on high alert in the 71st minute. The Rockets continued piling on the pressure with Mdlinzo doing well to set himself up for a good chance at extending the lead but his shot landed in the keeper’s hands.
With momentum on their side, Barns did well to read a long ball from Aubass but his effort with just the keeper to beat was deflected by the JDR shot stopper.
It was however Makhanya who broke the hearts of the Rockets after a quick counter and a lapse of concentration saw Vusumuzi Mncube crossing the ball to the menacing Makhanya who easily tapped home to level matters in the 79th minute.
It didn’t take long for the hosts to find the second after a header from Madumetja Mocheko who was unmarked easily found the back of the net for JDR to go 2-1 up in the 85th minute.
Galaxy will be hoping to redeem themselves in next weekend’s match when they play host to Mbombela United at home.