POLOKWANE – Baroka FC and Lamontville Golden Arrows shared the spoils in an entertaining 1-1 draw in their top-of-the-table encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Both sides are now unbeaten in four games on the trot and a point apiece was enough to keep surprise package Baroka top of the Absa Premiership, two points clear of their opponents, Arrows and a further point ahead of third-placed Orlando Pirates.
Baroka enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening quarter and courtesy of a goalkeeping blunder by Arrows’ shot-stopper Nkosingiphile Gumede, grabbed the lead via midfielder Sipho Moeti on the quarter hour.
An element of urgency crept into Abafana Bes’thende’s game after going a goal down and they made some menacing advances into the opposition’s final third, but were denied space or time on the ball by a well-organised Baroka defence.
As effective as the KwaZulu-Natal visitors may have looked at times on attack, so vulnerable they were on the counter-attack and were a touch fortunate to only find themselves a single goal behind at the break.
Baroka’s best opportunity to stretch their lead came close to the halftime whistle when Limbikani Mzava had to clear off the line to deny the home side a second goal.
Arrows finished the stronger side and were rewarded for a marked upsurge in their work-rate, inspired substitutions by coach Clinton Larsen and an escalation of intensity.
Siphelele Magubane was played into space by substitute Knox Mutizwa and equalised in the 76th minute.
Moments earlier, it was the same Magubane who latched on to a dangerous cross from Kudakwashe Mahachi, only to head marginally wide of the post.
African News Agency (ANA)