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ZDF thrash Bosso 3-0 to lift Defence Trophy

15/08/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Thrashed ... Bosso boss, Elroy Akbay

MARTIN Mine scored a memorable brace as the ZDF select side overcame a battling Highlanders to lift the Defence Forces Trophy at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

The Black Rhinos midfielder thrust his side into the lead on 22 minutes before Chapungu forward Alan Tavarwisa added the second on 35 minutes. Mine completed his brace seven minutes into the second half.

Stanford "Stix" Mtizwa's men pocketed $9000 for winning the trophy while Highlanders got $7000 for emerging as runners up.

The match started on a high tembo with the Defence Forces Select the dominant side as they carved out good chances.

However, Highlanders, urged on by their victory over Dynamos in the last match refused to be cowed into submission and responded with numerous raids in the select side's goal area.

But they found themselves trailing the ZDF side after 22 minutes when Mine leapt highest to plant a down ward header off a wonderful delivery from the right by outstanding winger Ian Nyoni.

Moments later, ZDF nearly doubled their lead when veteran forward Philip Marufu's low shot crashed against the up right post as they continued to pile on the pressure.

From that time, it was only a question of when rather than if they would score the second goal. And they did score on 35 minutes, Tavarwisa capitalising on a poor back pass by Erick Mudzingwa to score from an acute angle.

In the second half, the ZDF select side showed more determination, and they were rewarded seven minutes into the second half, with Mine completing his brace after picking the ball near the penalty area, before firing into the nets, beating Bosso goalkeeper.

Highlanders, featuring their regular players, piled on the pressure at the death in search of a consolation but it proved stubbornly elusive.

Mtizwa said he was happy to win the trophy after putting together a team from different sides. "I am happy we beat Highlanders to this trophy. Highlanders are a good team. They have been together for a long time but we had to put together a team from different teams and we played very well," he said.

Highlanders coach Erol Akbay blamed his charges for making mistakes and giving their opponents much space.


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