Tuks, Stars in stalemate
Lionel Mutizwa (Backpage)
Pretoria - The University of Pretoria and Platinum Stars have shared the points after a 0-0 draw in their Absa Premiership clash at the AmaTuks Stadium on Tuesday.
Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but could not score and had to settle for a point. Stars in particular may be pleased with the result that ends their run of three straight defeats in the League.
Siphelele Mthembu fired wide early on for Stars, before Joseph Molangoane put his free-kick wide of the goal.
The visitors continued to have the better of the opening 20 minutes and Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele forced a fine save from Washington Arubi in the home goal.
AmaTuks had their first real chance when Lionel Mutizwa found himself in acres of space in the box and instead of picking his spot, rushed his shot and put it wide.
The home side were dealt a blow five minutes before halftime when they had to replace the in-form forward Mpho Maruping though injury, Dumisani Ngwenya taking his place.
Buhle Mkhwanazi drew a good save from Stars keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane as he flashed a shot on goal that the gloveman put wide for a corner.
Mthembu headed over the bar from a Molangoane cross on the hour-mark, while at the other end Mame Niang had a similar chance that he too put over the bar.
Both teams went in search of the win going into the final 20 minutes, with no signs that either side were settling for a draw.
Patrick Malokase might have done better when he headed wide from six-yards after a Stars corner, before Niang had another opportunity with his head that he wasted.
Mthembu then had two opportunities in quick succession, his shot going wide and then a header that was easily saved by Arubi.
AmaTuks will now start planning for an away trip to Cape Town to meet Ajax on Saturday, while Stars host AmaZulu in a basement battle on the same day at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.