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Eastern Cape Bees sting hapless Mainstay United to keep NFD promotion hopes alive

08 June 2017 - 13:24 By Mkhululi Ndamase
EC Bees FC coach Vuyisile Njedu during the Nedbank Cup last 32 match between EC Bees and Orlando Pirates at Sisa Dukashe Stadium on March 12, 2017 in Mdantsane, South Africa.
EC Bees FC coach Vuyisile Njedu during the Nedbank Cup last 32 match between EC Bees and Orlando Pirates at Sisa Dukashe Stadium on March 12, 2017 in Mdantsane, South Africa.
Image: Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images

Eastern Cape Bees bounced back from their opening day loss to thrash Mainstay United 8-1 and kept their hopes of being promoted to the National First Division alive.

Played at an extremely windy Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane on Thursday‚ Bees took full advantage of playing with the wind to their backs in the first half and scored three goals.

But Mainstay managed to score even though they were playing against the wind when Christopher Balie netted in the 18th minute.

Bees top striker Bongani Chikila opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a beautifully-taken left foot shot.

Mpho Maifo grabbed Bees' second with a floated in-ball before Redin Jansen scored an own goal from a corner kick.

Chikila grabbed his brace in the 50th minute with a cool finishing.

In the second half the wind was not as extreme as it was in the opening stanza.

The introduction of attacking midfielder Siyabulela Shai gave Bees an edge as they controlled the game.

Chikila was not done as he netted his third of the match while Siphelele Jonase and second half substitute Hopewell Dlamini also scored.

Defender Yondela Ntingiso completed the humiliation in stoppage time.

This is the second consecutive match that Mainstay have conceded many goals.

On Wednesday they were beaten 5-0 by Zizwe United of the Western Cape.

 - TMG Digital/TMG Sport

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