MATCH CENTRE

WED 27 APRIL 2016, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

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No goals as Pirates and Polokwane draw

by BackPageTXT

Wed April 27, 21:29

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 ten 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 nothing.

Inside the final fifteen 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.

Orlando Pirates 0
Polokwane City 0

TEAMS

Pirates: Mhlongo – Nyauza, Mahamutsa, Gcaba, Matlaba (P Phungwayo 51’) – Makola, Sarr, Memela (Memela 79’), Myeni – Qalinge (Rakhale 66’) - Ndoro

Polokwane: Chigova, M Phungwayo, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Tema (Mbonani 46’) – Jembula (Matsemelea 62’), Ngobe (Matjila 67’), Alexander, Manaka – Mncwango, Kanyenda

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS POLOKWANE CITY GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
2
Defender
4
34
Defender
46'
23
Defender
28
Midfielder
17
Defender
51'
8
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
45'
31
Midfielder
79'
37
Midfielder
67'
12
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
62'
38
Midfielder
66'
15
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
Patrick Phungwayo
Defender
51'
3
Sibusiso Mbonani
Defender
46'
22
Thabo Rakhale
Midfielder
66'
25
Tshepo Matsemela
Defender
62'
0
Gift Motupa
Midfielder
79'
38
Sello Matjila
Midfielder
67'
0
CARDS
Mfundo Phungwayo
Midfielder
45'
31
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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