Bay home and dry
Bay United marched to the Absa Premiership via a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the obstinate FC AK in the second leg of the National First Division play-offs at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
The stadium was filled to capacity with Eastern Cape football lovers who came in large numbers to cheer their idols on to victory in this exciting and no-holds-barred encounter.
The game was a thriller from the word go, with both sides producing their best in both halves.
United had a slight edge over Bahumi, making some sporadic and dangerous visits to their opponents' goalmouth.
But one player who stood out like a sore thumb was the home team's striker Linos Chalwe, who missed a sitter in the 27th minute and went on to miss a penalty in the 39th minute.
He was later replaced by Peter Kirsten minutes before halftime.
By then United were leading by a solitary goal scored by the hard-working Luntu Mazana in the 19th minute after a move initiated from the midfield.
After Mazana's goal the game was stopped for a few minutes following pandemonium caused by the home team's supporters, who pulled the fence down.
Bahumi, realising the danger, replaced the injured Bafana Sibeko with Sello Maselesele.
His presence rejuvenated the Eldorado Park side, which started to launch attack after attack.
In the process they were awarded a corner, from which Maselesele scored in the 49th minute.
At resumption, Bahumi took full control of the game, forcing their opponents to fight with their backs to the wall.
United's Jimmy Zakazaka, who had a good game, increased the margin after selling a dummy to FC AK defenders before scoring with a blistering shot in the 62nd minute.
While FC AK were now giving the ball away easily, United were composed and always at the right place at the right time.
The two sides continued to fight for promotion, giving the fans something to enthuse about.