Milano, City share spoils

2014-05-14 22:46
Theo Hempe (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Milano United and Polokwane City ended in a goalless draw in a promotion-relegation play-off at Athlone on Wednesday.

Polokwane looked the more threatening side early on in the encounter, and were close to scoring after just seven minutes. A clearance off the Milano line, allowed the ball to fall to Vukile Mngqibisa, but he fired his shot into the upright.

The hosts' first chance arrived after 10 minutes, but Ganief Stellenboom was unable to keep his shot from just inside the box from rising over the bar.

It remained the visiting side who looked more dangerous when going forward, and Milano goalkeeper Westin van der Linde twice came to his side's aid as he kept out an Essau Kanyenda volley and then turned Sipho Jembula's shot around the post.

Eight minutes before the break there was another reprieve for the Cape side when Thobani Mncwango bundled the ball over the line from a cross, only to have his celebrations cut short by the off-side flag.

Shortly after, Milano had their best chance of the game when Brandon Theron's cross found Richard Webber unmarked with space in the box, but he was not able to get his shot away quickly enough which allowed a defender to get a block in.

Milano came out after the break in a much more attack-minded mood and had the Polokwane defence under some serious pressure, although the visiting side did well to throw bodies in the way of shots as they kept their goal safe.

For the most part, Rise and Shine were able to keep the Cape team away from their box as Milano continued to push and probe, although the visiting side narrowly escaped conceding a penalty after Devon Saal went down under Tlou Molekwane's challenge inside the box with 20 minutes to go.

The Limpopo team also had a couple of half-chances as the game opened up and provided some good entertainment as the final 20 minutes approached.

There was an opportunity seven minutes from time when the ball broke kindly for Stoffels, but he sent his shot from the right hand side of the box high and wide.

Polokwane nearly sealed all three points in added time, but again hit the woodwork, this time through Galabgwe Monyana's free kick.

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