Galaxy bag maximum points in Tshwane

16 February 2020 – Following a string of poor results, TS Galaxy turned the corner to seal an important victory away from home after edging AmaTuks 1-0 at the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria.

A highly determined Galaxy came with clear intentions of bagging maximum points against their hosts and came out firing from the opening whistle.

It was no surprise when the first chance at goal came as early as the 10th minute when Tshegofatso Nyama fired a fierce shot that went inches wide off goal to send the first warning.

Making his debut in TS Galaxy colours, Leathan Croats had to make an important save in the 20th minute from close range to keep the scores level.  

With the scorching heat in Pretoria, both sides retreated in their attacks to reserve their energies as the game became tactical. Galaxy however nearly found the opener in the 35th minute when Khayelihle Shozi, through a pass from Sanele Barns sent a stunner that was flicked over the bar in the 35th minute.

Croats again had to come to the rescue for Galaxy after Nqubeko Dlamini, from close range almost found the opener but found a highly alert Croats who made the save in the 40th minute.

Barns who was operating from right back did well to control a high ball with a deft touch to send in a quality low ball but Siyabonga Khumalo failed to connect.

The sides went to the break tied at 0-0 with very little separating them.

Things immediately changed in the second half following a much needed break from the Tshwane heat.

It took just the second minute of the second stanza for the Rockets to find the opener when a well threaded ball by Bathusi Aubass found the speedy Shozi who composed himself to slot home to make it 1-0.

Shozi could have found his second after a brilliant solo run that saw him go past two defenders in the danger area but failed to take a shot as the hosts escaped. The dangerous Shozi again threatened to extend the lead with another good run that saw him send a curler with his weaker foot for it to go wide.

Another glorious opportunity came 65th minute after Shozi did well to dribble past a defender to find the oncoming Sefako Matlala who’s tame effort was saved by the keeper.

With the lead on their side, the Rockets continued their search for the second and continued piling on the pressure on their hosts who opted to try catching them on the counter.

While Tuks made a number of substitutions to try finding the equaliser, it was not meant to be as the resolute Galaxy defence held on to walk away with the three points.

 

 

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