Cape Town - Highlands Park have risen off the foot
of the PSL table thanks to a 0-0 draw with Orlando Pirates at
Makhulong Stadium on Saturday night.
The point garnered sees the Lions of
the North leapfrog Baroka FC (on goal difference) into 15th place.
The Buccaneers remain in ninth spot on the log.
Highlands started the match strongly
and forced Pirates onto the back foot from early on. In the 17th minute
they created a fine chance when Peter Shalulile sprung the offside trap, but he
blazed his shot high and wide.
The Soweto side responded well to the
early pressure and began creating chances of their own - in the 18th minute
Issa Sarr pulled a shot narrowly wide, while just past the midway point of the
first half Oupa Manyisa was denied at close range by Tapuwa Kapini.
Highlands almost broke the deadlock in
injury time before the interval, with Franklin Cale getting the better of
Siyabonga Mpontshane with a shot direct from a free kick, only to see the ball
rebound off the crossbar.
Pirates created the first chances of
the second half, with Highlands’ goalkeeper forced into two saves in quick
succession to deny Abbubaker Mobara and Mpho Makola a few minutes after the
Just a couple of minutes before the
hour mark Cale threatened again for the hosts, as he got on the end of a fine
cross from Siyabonga Nhlapo but was unable to keep his diving header down.
The Buccaneers looked the more
adventurous and dangerous in attack in the final phase of the match, but they
were unable to really threaten Kapini’s goal, leaving the game to finish all