Forgotten former Highlanders striker McCarthy Dube scored a memorable hattrick to send ZIFA Southern Region Division One side Talen Vision through to John Landa Memorial Cup final, in the process dumping out a battling Tsholotsho at Luveve Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Tsholotsho though were the first to break the deadlock,lively Tinashe “Dollar” Mthimkhulu firing from close range past Emmanuel Dare in the 16th minute after a neat interchange of passes involving impressive Michael “Kudu” Bhebhe,Mthimkhulu and Mcebisi Moyo.
Talen Vision then equalised in the 33rd minute,Dube nodding home from a corner kick after Tsholotsho rearguard had failed to deal with a well flighted delivery by Terrence Nyoni.
Dube came back to haunt Iziqholo zeZhwane a minute after the resumption of the second period.The young striker benefiting from a goalmouth melee to poke home his second of the afternoon.
Not to be outdone,Tsholotsho’s own find of the season Moyo then equalised for Joseph Sibindi coached outfit,volleying a beauty after the impressive Bhebhe had done well on the right wing to outpace his marker and tee up Moyo in the 56th minute.
McCarthy,who once scored a record 33 goals for Highlanders Under 18s then completed his hattrick with a rasping drive at the edge of the box beating a bemused Norman Zimba all systems out.
After the match Tsholotsho gaffer was dissapointed by the result and bemoaned the missed opportunities by his side and simultaneously conceding “soft goals.”
On the other hand Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku the Talen Vision coach was an elated man and declared his team was ready for whoever wins the other semi final match pitting champions Hwange and ZPC Hwange in the final.
The hattrick hero McCarthy was also overjoyed and thanked his teammates for the clean supply for him to finish off.