Johannesburg - There
was no separating Polokwane City and Bidvest Wits as they played to a 1-1 draw
at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night.
Tlolane fired the hosts in front after just four minutes of play, only for
Henrico Botes to level the scores 10 minutes later.
first half was an action-packed affair with both sides throwing caution to the
wind and attacking at every opportunity.
plenty of drama early on as hosts came flying out of the traps. Wits goalkeeper
Moeneeb Josephs was called into action in the first minute, saving Tokelo
Langa's goal-bound shot before Kabelo Lichaba fired wide on the rebound.
and Shine's bright start paid off as Tlolane opened the scoring just three
minutes later, slotting home with a right-footed finish.
visitors hit back with two quick-fire chances of their own, Sibusiso Vilakazi
failing to find the mark before Sameegh Doutie headed wide from Dillon
Sheppard's inviting cross.
had a glorious opportunity to put the hosts two goals clear in the 13th minute,
but he was unable to hit the target.
was made to rue that missed chance as Wits drew level one minute later, Botes
heading home following a botched clearance from goalkeeper Modiri Marumo.
chances kept on coming as the first half wore on, although a lack of cutting
edge in front goal meant the scores would remain unchanged heading into the
the Clever Boys were unfortunately not to go into the interval with a slender
lead, after Dillon Sheppard struck the crossbar direct from a free-kick on 32
the goal-scoring chances dried up after the break as the two times struggled to
match the high tempo of the first stanza.
first chance of note eventually arrived on the hour mark but it would go to
waste as Papy Faty fired wide of the left-hand upright.
opposite end of the pitch, Tlolane also squandered a good opportunity to grab
the lead as both sides struggled to forge clear-cut chances.
was denied by Marumo in the 83rd minute but the best chance of the half fell to
Polokwane's Essau Kanyenda, who glanced his headed effort wide of the
right-hand post one minute later.