Magic down Civilians

25 Jan 2019 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – Tura Magic Football Club registered their third MTC Namibia Premier League victory of the season when they beat Civics 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday.
Magic scored the only goal of the match through the individual brilliance of Theophilus Junius in the fifth minute.
The Brave Warriors fringe striker controlled a diagonal long ball from Erasmus Ikeinge on the left flank and was given too much time on the ball to take a couple of touches.
He then unleashed a powerful shot that beat Civilians goal-minder Welcome Nail in the near post for the winning goal.
Civics could have equalised three minutes later, when Vincent Namiseb shot over the bar following a neat exchange of passes by his teammates.
Nail then came to the rescue of his side when he stopped Larry Horaeb who had beaten the offside trap in the 11th minute.
Theophilus could have doubled his account after he outpaced Mervin Katire, but failed to beat Nail and saw his effort bounce of the outright.
Both teams continued creating decent chances as Junius headed wide, while Namiseb shot straight at the keeper leaving the scoreline at 1-0 at halftime in favour of Magic.
The second half continued as the first half had, with Quinton Kuruseb weaving his way into the magic box, but shooting tamely at Magic keeper Mervin Kasetura.
The Civilians were then dealt a major setback when Jarurako Uahurirapi received two quick yellow cards within the space of four minutes, and was dismissed in the 52nd minute to leave his side one man shot.
This did not deter his side from seeking an equaliser as Namiseb outpaced the Magic defence before shooting straight at Kasetura in the 62nd minute.
Namiseb, who could have scored a hat-trick or more then shot weakly at the Magic keeper after finding himself at the end of a beautiful team move in the 68th minute.
Magic also had their chances as substitute, national Under-20 team midfielder Uetuuru Kambato shot over following a mistake by Nail.
Namiseb then missed a glorious chance to equalise when he profited from a mistake by Charles Hambira in the 85th minute but once again failed to beat Kasetura.
Kuruseb then saw his thunderous free kick crash against the cross bar, and the rebound was scuffled by Namiseb.
The win sees Magic move up to third on the log from sixth, with the Civilians staying 13th on the log, one point above the relation zone.