JOHANNESBURG – Another draw, but an entertaining one though as
It was the same result when these sides played against each other in December last year.
The only difference was there were goals in that match compared to this one as they played to a 2-2 stalemate.
In this encounter, Kjell Jonevret made one change in the starting line-up which played to a 2-0 win against Maritzburg United on Tuesday, with Ntsikelelo Nyauza coming in for Patrick Phungwayo in defence.
The Buccaneers started on a good note, adding numbers to their attack while being extremely cautious in defence.
Gordon Igesund’s men struggled to infiltrate them, and when they were presented with a chance to, Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane was well positioned to make the required saves.
What made it difficult for the
Sarr dropped back each time his side were under siege, and pushed forward whenever they were on attack.
The only blunder the Togolese international made was when he committed a foul outside the box just seconds before the break.
Franklin Cale stepped up to take the set-piece, but the stocky centre forward’s shot hit the upright.
Just two minutes after the break, Mpho Makola unleashed a powerful shot inside the 18-yard area. However,
In the first half, the veteran shot-stopper had been the only barrier Pirates had to get past to find an opener.
Kapini read their transition plays pretty well and twice denied Oupa Manyisa, who had received two beautiful passes from Ndoro and Thabo Matlaba respectively inside the box.
The goalless draw means that Pirates remained in ninth position in the Absa Premiership, while Highlands moved up one place off the bottom of the log to 15th, ahead of Baroka FC on goal difference.Independent Media