Polokwane - University of Pretoria are now the clear
favourites to suffer direct relegation from the Absa Premiership after a
2-2 draw away to Polokwane City saw them drop to the bottom of the log on Wednesday
Polokwane opened the scoring as early as the eighth minute,
with Sipho Jembula’s shot from just outside the penalty area deflecting off a
Tuks defender and completely wrong-footing goalkeeper Tristyn Coetsee on its
way to the back of the net.
Yet the University side did not allow that early setback to
get them down and they equalised in the 18th minute, with Khetu Zwane firing
home a superb left-footed shot from a tight angle that went in via the
underside of the crossbar.
The remainder of the first half - and much of the second
half - was a scrappy affair, with both teams struggling to produce quality
football. However, in the 70th minute, AmaTuks showed some class to claim the
lead for the first time, with Vuyisile Ntombayithethi providing a towering
header from a corner kick to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
Yet just as their attack clicked into place, Tuks’ defence
went AWOL just four minutes later, allowing a simple cross from the right to
fall at the feet of the dangerous Thobani Mncwango, who fired home his 12th
league goal of the season to make it 2-2.
Tuks pushed hard in what remained of the match to find a
winner, but their efforts were in vain. The Tshwane side will need a win at
home to Golden Arrows in their final match on May 21 if they are to have any
hopes of avoiding the drop.