Polokwane, Wits in stalemate

2015-04-04 22:38

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.

Puleng Tlolane fired the hosts in front after just four minutes of play, only for Henrico Botes to level the scores 10 minutes later.

The first half was an action-packed affair with both sides throwing caution to the wind and attacking at every opportunity.

There was 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.

Rise and Shine's bright start paid off as Tlolane opened the scoring just three minutes later, slotting home with a right-footed finish.

The 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.

Tlolane had a glorious opportunity to put the hosts two goals clear in the 13th minute, but he was unable to hit the target.

And he 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.

The 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 half-time break.

However, 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 minutes.

Unfortunately, the goal-scoring chances dried up after the break as the two times struggled to match the high tempo of the first stanza.

The 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.

At the opposite end of the pitch, Tlolane also squandered a good opportunity to grab the lead as both sides struggled to forge clear-cut chances.

Sheppard 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.