The visitors had pitched up in a convoy of 20-car motorcade including the playing squad’s minibus
Reitz Masters from Welkom pitched up in force on Saturday afternoon for their first outing in the Northern Cape. The Free State team took on Kimberley’s Diamond Boys at the AstroTurf, and despite their best efforts to claim a victory the match ended in a 3-all draw.
The visitors had pitched up in a convoy of 20-car motorcade including the playing squad’s minibus.
There was no doubt that Reitz had come to play, and by half-time the score was 3-1 in favour of the visitors. Saturday’s match-up was in response to Diamond Boys’ first visit to Reitz’s home ground some time last year, when the Kimberley side walloped Reitz 4-1 in that friendly.
During the match Diamond Boys players Don Mojaki, Moses “Magic” Kruger and Johannes Mathaha tried their best to inspire their side to outdo the visitors on the pitch, but in the 30th minute of the game Reitz’s Bashin Spagella collected the ball just inside the Diamond Boys half from where he unleashed a thunderbolt that caught the local goalkeeper off-guard (1-0).
As the match progressed the visitors gradually took a stronger grip on the match; and soon Mpho Makume got the visitors’ second chance at goal which he capitalised on. Making good use of the chance he blasted home their second goal (2-0).
He was in the thick of the action again in the 37th minute when he picked up a loose ball and netted his brace (3-0).
Lebone Simons, meanwhile, was a superstar in the visitors’ back four, where he was instrumental in saving his team many blushes as he frequently cleared goal bound balls off the line.
In the 42nd minute former Black Vulture player, now turning out for Diamond Boys, Tsamaya Simonds scored for the locals and brought the score to 3-1 just before the half-time whistle.
Reitz brought on a pair of fresh legs at the start of the second half. This effort seemed to arrest the slide in their game that was creeping in during the latter part of the first half where they seemed to be losing control of the match to an increasingly organised Diamond Boys team.
The hosts’ Richard Mangena soon shot their second goal past the visitors goalkeeper to make it 3-2, before, in the dying minutes of the game, Desmond Mothibi pounced on a loose ball and swept it into the Reitz net to end the game 3-3.
A smiling Diamond Boys coach Pitso Bogacwi said he was very happy to have reeled in a draw against the visitors.
Reitz coach Markhams Mafatlhe expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the game. “We were unlucky not to get the full points the match to take home with us,” he said.