PORT ELIZABETH – Chippa United ended the weekend above 15th-placed Baroka FC on goal difference after playing to a 1-1 draw with Highlands Park at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
In an evenly-contested affair, the two goals came within two minutes of each other right at the end of the opening stanza, as Sabelo Nyembe put the Lions of the North in front before Lerato Manzini equalised.
The first half saw both sides creating chances on goal, although for the most part the goalkeepers were not overly tested as some tame efforts flew in at both ends of the park.
Home keeper Mbongeni Mzimela did, however, have some work to do on nine minutes, and he did well to get down smartly to keep out a well-struck effort by Mothobi Mvala.
After Chippa had squandered a couple of chances around the half-hour mark, Highlands Park began to pose more of a threat in attack and they drew first blood in the 42nd minute when Luckyboy Mokoena's deflected cross fell kindly for Nyembe, whose shot also took a deflection before ending up in the back of the net.