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From heroes to ‘victims of referees’

Goalkeepers took center stage in the DStv Premiership action on Saturday, with some showing heroic performances while others would rather forget their matches.

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The biggest game of the day and Soweto’s highly anticipated derby produced both a hero and a villain. The home side’s Siyabonga Mpontshane was not a fan favorite after conceding two goals that some believed he could have saved.

The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was knocked out for the first goal by a goal by Reeve Frosler from outside the penalty area. As he stretched to reach it, his reaction had slowed down a bit and he couldn’t reach it.

And for the second time he came out but seemed to pull out at the crucial moment to give Erick Mathoho a clear header into an empty net.

On the other hand, Brandon Petersen produced some fine saves that put an end to any doubt that he was a capable and capable goalkeeper for the hard-fought position at Naturena.

He was the reason Pirates couldn’t score more than that one goal, and some – including me – think he should have been the Man-of-the-Match instead of Bernard Parker.

In the match between SuperSport and AmaZulu later, the same scenario happened with the goalkeepers: one was a hero and the other a villain. Ronwen Williams saved a penalty in the second half to keep Matsatsantsa in the game as Usuthu looked for a way back.

But his polar opposite, Veli Mothwa, had a day he’d rather forget.

Mothwa couldn’t handle what appeared to be an easy catch in the first half and dropped the ball for Jesse Donn to score the first goal.

For the second goal, Mothwa tried to clear the ball, but he kicked the ball to Rodney Rainers. And he tried to run out to get it back, but Rainers shook a shot and scored.

Later in the evening, the goalkeepers were back in the spotlight in Maritzburg United’s game against Mamelodi Sundowns. Maritzburg’s Marcel Engelhardt made brave saves and also saved a penalty from Themba Zwane late in the game.

Kennedy Mweene on the other hand – he had very little to do that night – fell victim to bad performance when he was awarded a penalty. He came out to tackle Amadou Soukouna, but withdrew.

However, he was late and referee Thando Ndzandzeka thought he had made the tackle when the striker ducked and gave the penalty. Soukouna scored from the spot and gave Sundowns their second league defeat.

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