MATCH CENTRE

SUN 24 FEBRUARY 2019, 15:30, THOHOYANDOU STADIUM

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Leopards, Highlands play out goalless stalemate

by Staff Reporter

Sun February 24, 17:37

Black Leopards and Highlands Park played out a goalless stalemate in their Absa Premiership match at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Lidoda Duvha will probably be more satisfied with the result, having played a third of the game with just 10 men, and the points takes them up one place to 13th, while the Lions of the North remain in ninth spot on the table.

Highlands started very strongly and forced King Ndlovu into a notable save within the opening seconds of the match. The visitors went on to create further opportunities in the first few minutes, though they were unable to capitalise on their early dominance.

Leopards weathered the early storm and then began to boss the game on hole soil. Winger Lifa Hlongwane forced goalkeeper Marlon Heugh into a good, low save in the 12th minute, while later in the half he curled a long-range beyond the reach of the gloves-man, but saw the ball rebound off the upright.

Lidoda Duvha continued to look the better team through the remainder of the first half, but by the interval the score remained locked at 0-0.

Early in the second half Leopards continued their pressure in attack and Hlongwane was denied by the woodwork for a second time, striking the base of Heugh’s right-hand post after opening space for a shot just inside the box.

The momentum seemed to be with the home side, but they were reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark when midfielder Khuliso Mudau (who had just returned from a suspension) picked up a second yellow card for a dive and was sent for an early shower.

Highlands nearly took immediate advantage when Peter Shalulile’s low shot deflected off his teammate Mokete Mogaila and wrong footed King Ndlovu, but the ‘keeper recovered well. Ndlovu made another key save in the 68th minute when Mogaila broke free of the defence but was unable to beat the goal-minder one-one-one.

Leopards created some promising attacking moments despite their numerical disadvantage, while Highlands were unable to make the most of having a man extra, especially in the dying minutes of the match.

Black Leopards 0
Highlands Park 0

Leopards: K. Ndlovu, Munyai, Munganga, Ndou, Zulu, Mudau, Maselesa, Bereng (Nange 65’), Hlongwane, Kapinga (Mhlongo 70’), Musonda (Sekotlong 90’)

Highlands: Heugh, L. Mokoena, Fransman, Rae (Nyembe 85’), Ramoraka, Mvala, Mbunjana (Mbatha 65’), Motsepe (Haoseb 78’), Mahlangu, Shalulile, Mogaila

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH THOHOYANDOU STADIUM
BLACK LEOPARDS GOALS HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1 2
BLACK LEOPARDS STARTING LINEUP HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
81'
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
5
Defender
28
Defender
20
Defender
0
Defender
21
Midfielder
70'
12
Defender
85'
24
Midfielder
58'
64'
6
Defender
78'
34
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
65'
8
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
56'
14
Midfielder
65'
23
Midfielder
40
Forward/Striker
90'
11
Forward/Striker
38
SUBSTITUTIONS
Phathutshedzo Nange
Midfielder
65'
14
Lindokuhle Mbatha
Midfielder
65'
43
Joseph Mhlongo
Forward/Striker
70'
30
Denzil Hoaseb
Defender
78'
45
Thokozani Sekotlong
Forward/Striker
90'
37
Sabelo Nyembe
Midfielder
85'
31
CARDS
Khuliso Mudau
Midfielder
58'
6
Mothobi Mvala
Midfielder
56'
14
Khuliso Mudau
Midfielder
64'
6
Marlon Heugh
Goalkeeper
81'
1
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
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