PSL : LIMPOPO DERBY ENDS IN STALEMATE
The opening 2017/18 Absa Premiership Limpopo derby between Polokwane City and Baroka FC ended in a 0-0 draw at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In the wake of the stalemate, City now occupies the fourth spot on the log table with one point.
After 12 minutes in the the Limpopo derby, the hosts pushed for an early goal through Rodney Ramagalela, but the burly forward missed the and failed to trouble Baroka goalkeeper Virgil Vries.
Three minutes later, the visitors also tried a long-range effort through Talent Chawapiwa, but his effort was easily swallowed by Rise and Shine’s George Chigova.
Pushing for an early goal, Bernard Molekwa’s troops continued to put pressure on Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele, but they failed to unlock the visiting defence in the first 20 minutes.
With 10 minutes to go, Kgoloko Thobejane’s men managed to penetrate their hosts, but it was Chawapiwa who failed to break the deadlock from close range after a great pass Sammy Seabi.
Baroka displayed good football in the dying stages of the first half and good passes between Chawapiwa and Mdantsane saw the latter’s curling shot sailing wide over the crossbar.
It was 0-0 in the opening half.
Despite ending the first half on a high, Bakgaga failed to replicate their tempo and were found wanting in the early stages of the second half.
However, the Citizens slowly picked up their pace and a fantastic opportunity fell for Edgar Manaka, whose low shot inside the penalty area in the 70th minute went wide.
Chances were few and far between in the last 10 minutes of the contest and both sides walked away with a point.
Following the draw, Baroka now sits at No 3 on the log table with one point from this tie.
Polokwane City 0
Baroka FC 0
Polokwane City: Chigova, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Semenya, Maluleke, Seabi, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Mncwango (Booi 78′), Manaka (Phiri 81′)
Baroka FC: Vries, Motupa, Kgoetyane, Shaku, Banda, Macha (Mosele 81′), Chawapihwa, Masenamela, Mdatsane, Matloga (Kgaswane 75′), Madubanya