TRIANGLE inflicted more pain on already-wounded debutants Nichrut when they edged them 1-0 at Ascot Stadium yesterday.
For the fourth time on the bounce, the Shurugwi side lost by a similar scoreline.
Trevor Mavhunga delivered the killer punch with an exquisite header on the 57-minute mark, a goal that broke the hearts of the Nichrut faithful.
Mavhunga calmly nodded home a sterling corner kick whipped in by Pascal Manhanga.
Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro was satisfied with his team’s performance but conceded that the title was no longer in their reach.
“Our target was accomplished. We told ourselves not to sit back and relax after the win against Dynamos.
“We executed our game plan very well and we got a set piece that earned us a goal.”
Nichrut coach John Nyikadzino expressed disappointment with his side’s performance.
“We tried to pick up ourselves after what happened last week, but we failed.
“I take full responsibility for the final result. We are not scoring, so it’s my responsibility as the coach.”
Triangle dominated both halves of the game and created a number of chances which they failed to bury.
They almost doubled the score through Lameck Nhamo, who pleasingly linked with Collins Dhuwa outside the box, but the Nhamo’s low shot was parried away by Tafadzwa Jabangwe.
Former Dynamos winger Farai Vimisayi forced Triangle goalie Tapiwa Chilenga to make an acrobatic save with a delightful freekick from outside the box and that was the closest Nichrut came to an equaliser.
Nichrut FC: T Jabangwe, G Bhero, T Hapazari, B Sibanda, S Sithole( A Kanchwachwa 71), F Vimisayi, D Boriondo, N Mpinduki, B Madanire, E Mwinga (T Taruvinga 69′),F Bushiri.
Triangle: T Chilenga, R Kawondera (T Mugoniwa 21′), R Mhlanga (G Zhokinyu 77), K Chigwida, D Dzvinyai, T Mavhunga, P Manhanga, C Dhuwa, R Madamombe (D Chirambamurivo 90′), P Bamusi, L Nhamo.