Saturday's PSL Wrap: Highlands Park relegated, Baroka into the playoffs after Ajax win

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Highlands Park will be campaigning in the National First Division next season following their 2-2 draw with Sundowns

Highlands Park were relegated from the elite league, a year after after winning promotion through the play-offs despite their gallant performance at home to Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

The result was not enough to see them at least grab a spot in the relegation/promotion playoffs as they finished point behind Baroka FC. 

As for the latter, they will slug out in the play-offs with Black Leopards and Stellenbosch FC in a bid to maintain their Premiership status after a spirited display in Cape Town.

Two first half goals from Themba Zwane and a penalty from Thabo Nthethe earned Downs a 2-0 lead before Seun Ledwaba pulled one back for the home side.

Both sides started slow, but it sprung into life when Zwane curled in a stunner after the half-hour mark.

Minutes later Nthethe made it 2-0 from the spot after Yannick Zakri was brought down by Tapuwa Kapini.

The Lions of the North looked for a way back which came through Ledwaba before the break to keep their hopes alive.

They got the equalizer through Mothobi Mvala deep into stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw. 

Baroka on the other hand, scored a minute after the break through veteran midfielder Letladi Madubanya to help the Limpopo-based outfit stun Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium.

The well-travelled player fired home from close range after some poor defending from the Capetonians despite the best efforts of the home side.

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Madubanya went from hero to villian when he got his marching orders after a second bookable offence, levelling up the numerical order on the day after Ajax also had Roscoe Pietersen sent off.

 

 

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