Givemore Makonye in Gweru
ZIFA Central Soccer League action added more drama to the race as all title contestants claimed victories that pushed the race to the wire.
Going into the final fixtures this coming weekend, Sheasham, Whawha and ZPC Munyati all have mathematical chances to win promotion into the elite Premiership.
Sheasham, however, had to dig deep to score five goals late in the game to subdue a stubborn ZRP Gweru.
As has always been the case in derby fixtures, the police side did well to deny Sheasham on several occasions in the first half.
They then cracked midway into the first half when Sheasham capitalised on defensive blunder inside the box.
Sensing resistance and possible embarrassment, Sheasham’s coach brought on his trusted game changer Michael Mageja in the second half.
Mageja paid back the trust when he engineered some build ups.
The experienced midfielder weighed in with a classic brace that pushed Sheasham towards the promised land.
Luke Petros had a mammoth task to handle John Malaya’s Blanket Mine as Whawha targeted maintaining pressure on Sheasham.
Whawha had the last laugh, bagging crucial maximum points after a narrow 1-0 victory.
ZPC Munyati also kept their hopes alive when they secured a victory over Dendairy in a bruising Kwekwe clash.
Although the power utility side will have to rely on results from other matches involving Sheasham and Whawha, they are under pressure to register a big score line in their final fixture to enhance their chances.
In other matches played across the region, Real BVM beat Kwekwe United 2-0 at Wilson Fields.
MSU beat Shabanie Mine 1-0 whilst Filabusi United beat Dulibadzimu United with the same score line at Godhlwayo.
Vumbachikwe defeated Black Eagles 4-1 in Gwanda whilst The Venue earned an easy 3-0 home win over Gokwe North.
Isaac Nyabvure’s Ivan Hoe Mine shared the spoils with visiting FC Platinum Under 19 after a goalless draw at Baghdad in Kwekwe.