Absa Premiership

Bucs share spoils with Matsatsantsa

2017-03-07 22:09
Thembinkosi Lorch (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates racked up a fourth consecutive 1-1 draw after coming from behind to claim a point against SuperSport United at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza found himself with the chance to put his side ahead with only a minute on the clock when he beat the offside trap, but from a tight angle he shot straight at goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse.

The Sea Robbers were forced into an early change when an injury to Ntsikelelo Nyauza saw Thabo Matlaba entering the fray.

Although the Buccaneers continued to enjoy a good amount of the ball in the SuperSport half, it was the Pretoria outfit who had the next chance, on 18 minutes, but Thabo Mnyamane dragged his shot from the edge of the area just wide of the post.

Mnyamane and Mpho Makola went close at both ends with their respective free-kicks before Kingston Nkhatha fired a volley from a tight angle just past the post in the 40th minute.

Gabuza missed the first chance after the restart when he miscued with a first-time shot from close range after good work by Matlaba down the right wing in the 50th minute.

Instead it was the visitors who were to take the lead just five minutes later when Mnyamane latched onto Jeremy Brockie's cross, taking a touch before scoring with a half-volley at the near post.

The former AmaTuks man nearly had a second goal seven minutes later, but his shot from 20yards out deflected just over the crossbar. 

Having missed a sitter two minutes earlier, Thembinkosi Lorch made amends in the 76th minute when he reacted sharply in the SuperSport box after the ball fell for him to fire through a crowd and into the net.

Bucs coach Kjell Jonevret saw his side pushing for a winner and it should have arrived in added time when Makola crossed for Tendai Ndoro, but from close range his header flew over goal.

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