Soweto - There would be no winner as Orlando Pirates were held to a
goalless Absa Premiership draw by Polokwane City at FNB Stadium on Wednesday.
It was Orlando Pirates winger Thabo Qalinge with the first
attempt at goal, but his shot just after the 10 minute mark was wide of the
framework following a good build up passage of play.
On the half hour mark Pirates’ Luvuyo Memela was knocked
over by Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova, but the referee was not interested
in any penalty appeals.
It was Memela again, late in the half, who sliced through
the Polokwane midfield and got in a shot at goal, but Chigova made the save.
The rebound fell to Makola but he could not find the back of the net.
Just before half-time the visitors had a good chance, which
hit the woodwork. A corner taken by Sipho Jembula found the head of Mfundo
Phungwayo, but his attempt hit the crossbar.
Bucs looked as if they would find the opening goal when Mpho
Makola got on the end of Patrick Phungwayo's pass, but his mis-guided attempt
to find the in-form Tendai Ndoro inside the 18 area saw the chance come to
Inside the final 15 minutes, Bucs ‘keeper Brighton
Mhlongo did well to punch away a free-kick by Cole Alexander as the game looked
headed for a stalemate draw.
But then Polokwane’s Thobani Mncwango hit a dangerous
looking shot at goal, and Mhlongo fumbled the ball but the visitors could not
take advantage of the mistake.
And there was one last throw of the dice for Pirates when
substitute Thabo Rakhale hit a half-volley attempt over the crossbar in the
dying moments of optional time.