Kapini saves the day for 2-1 winners Highlands Park

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Nyasia Munetsi of Baroka FC challenges Charlton Mashumba of Highlands Park during their Absa Premiership meeting.

JOHANNESBURG - Highlands Park recorded their first win on their return to the Absa Premiership when they beat fellow promoted side Baroka FC 2-1 at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on Tuesday night.

Highlands Park conceded three penalties in the match, but Baroka’s Marshall Munetsi converted only one in the first half, while the home side’s goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini saved the other two spot kicks.

But the Tembisa outfit took their chances brilliantly when it came their way, as Collins Mbesuma slotted home in the first half and Charlton Mashumba scored the decisive goal of the fixture for Highlands Park in the second half.

Referee Victor Gomes awarded Baroka a penalty in the sixth minute of the clash, which Munetsi coolly slotted home from the spot. The visitors went on to dominate most of the play in the first half hour of the match as well, with Albert Mothupo coming close with a free header, which Kapini had to parry over the bar.

Highlands Park, though, hit back in the 31st minute when Zambian hitman Mbesuma showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with. The veteran striker got his campaign under way with a well-taken back heel after a top free kick in the area by Franklin Cale.

Baroka were awarded another penalty in the 41st minute of the match when the ball hit the hand of one of the Highlands Park defenders in the penalty area. However, this time, Kapini guessed the right way and saved Munetsi second spot kick.

Highlands Park would then took the lead in the 57th minute. Mashumba found some space on the edge of the Baroka area and slotted the ball home with a neat finish.

The drama, though, continued in the 75th minute when Gomes awarded Baroka a third penalty for another handball. But Kapini again saved the day when he dived to save Dineo Shaku’s effort.