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Dynamos beat Harare City in 8-goal thriller


On course to defend the championship .... Dynamos players celebrate Wednesday


First salvo ... Left-back Ocean Mushure scores Dynamos' first goal on Wednesday

29/10/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Hard fought encounter ... Ronald Chitiyo tries to get past City players
 
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Harare City 3-5 Dynamos

DYNAMOS had to flex their muscles to shrug off a spirited challenge from Harare City, beating them 5-3 in a thrilling Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium on Wednesday.

The victory was Dynamos' biggest of the season with defender Ocean Mushure, Cliff Sekete, Rodreck Mutuma and a brace by substitute Washington Pakamisa scoring the goals that counted for the champions to collect maximum points and maintain the top spot.

The victory took Dynamos to 53 points three ahead of second placed ZPC Kariba who also saw off Buffaloes 3-1 with three matches left before the end of the campaign.

Dynamos were dominant in the first half with Mutuma and Sekete missing opportunities but left-back Mushure thrust them ahead, beating William Manondo on the edge of the area before slamming home on 38 minutes.

However, James Jam levelled matters three minutes into the second half, pouncing on a loose ball laid into space by Osborne Mukuradare following a good cross by Talent Chawapiwa on the left.

That goal by Harare City appeared to have given Dynamos resolve as Sekete got to the end of a cross by Ronald Chitiyo to score a downward header with City defenders guilty of ball watching.

But the home team refused to be cowed into submission with big striker Francesco Zekumbawira hitting the nets with a brilliant curler on 59 minutes.

However, Harare City finished the match with 10 men after veteran defender David Kutyauripo was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Kutyauripo brought down Chitiyo just outside the penalty area as he charged into the danger zone after weaving his way through a cluster of defenders.

Referee Munyaradzi Majoni did not hesitate to send him off. Mushure then hit a stunning free-kick which Pakamisa connected home on 66 minutes.

In the 70th minute, Mutuma made it four, header into the nets off a free kick by Mushure.

However, Mushure who was the outstanding player for Dynamos on the afternoon appended Osborne Mukuradare in the penalty area on 78 minutes and Mukuradare took responsibility to beat goalkeeper Mukandi for his side’s third goal.


Hit the nets with a brilliant curler for City ... Francesco Zekumbawira celebrates his goal



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On 87 minutes Pakamisa completed his brace, rifling home following a beautiful three men movement involving Mutuma and Simba Sithole.

Pasuwa said afterwards. “It was a splendid performance from the team today.

“We changed so many players and I am happy with this big victory. We have not been scoring goals and today we have scored five which is commendable.

“But I thought the red card to David Kutyauripo made it easier for us. We now want to work the next match against Bantu.”

His opposite number Masimba Dinyero was downcast afterwards and accused his charges of losing concentration.

“We conceded silly goals,” he said.

“We are not happy with the performance and now the confidence goes down. Of course the turning point was when Kutyauripo was sent off.

“I lost someone who is experienced and was pushing youngsters. But there is still room to survive.”

RESULTS

Wednesday: Harare City 3-5 Dynamos (Rufaro), Shabanie Mine 1-3 How Mine (Maglas), Chicken Inn 1-1 Triangle (Hartsfield), Chapungu 2-3 Bantu Rover (Ascot Stadium), Chiredzi 1-2 Black Rhinos (Gibbo), Caps United 0-0 FC Platinum (National Sports Stadium), ZPC Kariba 3-1 Buffaloes (Gwanzura), Hwange 3-1 Highlanders (Colliery).





 
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