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Tuks Grab Late Winner Against Baroka

It’s advantage AmaTuks after a late goal from Kamogelo Pheeane handed the University of Pretoria a 1-0 victory over Dan Malesela’s Baroka team in the first match of the Promotional Playoffs.

While Tuks qualified by finishing second place in the Motsepe Foundation Championship, this victory was a change in fortune after failing to win a game in their last eight matches in all competitions. That form also saw Tlisane Motaung’s team’s hopes of automatic promotion end. 

Baroka’s form was better and this was their first defeat in six games. That form helped them reach third place and book their spot in the playoffs.

The first real effort fell to Tuks’ captain Samuel Julies in the 12th minute, but the former Mamelodi Sundowns player skied his attempt. Two minutes later Boalefa Pule saved from Thabang Sibanyoni’s header. Sibanyoni headed just wide in the 18th minute, while Sikhosonke Langa’s effort three minutes later hit the crossbar as it went over.

Maova did well to deny Sekela Sithole just after the half-hour mark, while Pule made a good save to deny Sibanyoni in the 32nd minute. Maova was back at it at the other end, making two great saves in a minute to deny both  Tshepho Mashiloane and Ananias Gebhardt.

Those brilliant saves were the highlights of the first half that ended goalless.

The home team looked to apply the early pressure in the second 45, and Langa went close in the 50th minute, but his effort was cleared off the line.

In the 57th minute, Mashiloane went wide for Baroka, who were looking to hit Tuks on the counter. Mashiloane had another chance in the 65th minute, but this time his shot hit the side netting.

AmaTuks continued to pile on the pressure, but Pule stood strong to deny chances from Kamogelo Pheeane and Tshepang Makara with just over 20 minutes to go.

But Pheeane was not to be denied in the 88th minute after being set up superbly by a through ball by his skipper Julies, he fired past Pule from the right to make it 1-0.

It was enough to give Tuks the advantage after the first game of the round robin playoffs.

Tuks will be back in action on the 5th of June when they travel to KwaZulu-Natal to take on Richards Bay. Baroka’s next fixture will be in six days’ time when they host Bay on Saturday.

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