Absa Premiership

Goals dry up for Sundowns

2015-10-28 21:46
Khama Billiat (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Polokwane City held Mamelodi Sundowns to a goalless draw in an Absa Premiership clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening.

For all their killer instinct in front of goal in the 6-1 win over Free State Stars, at the weekend, Sundowns lacked accuracy as Rise and Shine claimed a valuable point on their travels, 

The Brazilians threatened to run away with the game in the early exchanges with Khama Billiat and Wayne Arendse troubling the same post in the opening two minutes. 

George Chigova guided fellow Zimbabwean Billiat's chip-shot onto the upright before Arendse rose highest from the resulting corner-kick, only to see his header attempt canon off the inside of the post. 

Having survived an early onslaught from the hosts, Rise and Shine found their range through Puleng Tlolane in the 28th minute - the striker's shot from the edge of the area, well saved by Wayne Sandilands who was handed a rare start. 

Sundowns ended the half in the ascendancy with Bongani Zungu expertly losing his marker before guiding Mogakolodi Ngele's cross at goal, Chigova though was well positioned to keep the game goalless heading into the break. 

The Brazilians continued to press for the opener but were stifled in their attempts with the Rise and Shine stopper doing well to parry Hlompho Kekana's rocket away from danger on the hour. 

Pitso Mosimane's men had a chance to steal all three points late on, with Katlego Mashego finding space in the box, but again Chigova came to the rescue to save at Zungu's feet. 

For Polokwane, the stalemate moves them to 12th on the log standings while Sundowns remain fifth

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