Mbesuma & Mashumba guide Highlands to victory

The tempo was at its highest in the first 45 min & both sides made sure to keep it up in the second half.

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JOHANNESBURG - PSL newcomers Highlands Park got off to the best possible start with a 2-1 win over fellow newcomers Baroka FC at Makhulong Stadum in Tembisa.

There was high drama in the game from as early as the fifth minute as referee Victor Gomes awarded Baroka a penalty, Nyasha Munetsi making no mistake from the spot.

The Lions of the North made sure to not head into the break on the back foot, as last season's top goal scorer, Collins Mbesuma found himself on the end of a Franklin Cale free-kick, to tap the ball in and level matters for his side.

Munetsi found himself facing Highlands goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini again as the referee awarded the visitors another penalty, but the Zimbabwean striker was brilliantly saved.

The tempo was at its highest in the first 45 minutes and both sides made sure to keep it up in the second half.

Charlton Mashumba handed his side the lead inside the first 15 minutes of the second half, after setting himself up nicely outside the box and slotting it past the keeper.

Baroka got one last chance to equalise, after a Highlands hand ball in the box, but this time, skipper Olaleng Shaku was denied by Kapini's feet.

Allan Freese's side managed to fend off the late challenges as they took their first three points of the season.