Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates have played out a 1-all draw in their DStv Premiership encounter at DHL Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Buccaneers stepped things up as they started quickest against the highly confident City.
Despite an upturn in search of an opener, the Soweto giants were unable to trouble City’s goalkeeper Marques Hugo in the first 10 minutes.
In the 13th minute, Happy Jele finally broke the deadlock when he ran into a fantastic cross from Vincent Pule and headed in to make it 1-0.
Nevertheless, it was a moment that sparked the home side into life as they tried to hit back through a free-kick, but the ball was cleared by the visitors.
The Citizens continued to push forward with Thabo Nodada driving his team to level matters, however, they were not lucky enough to turn the tables around.
Eric Tinkler’s side got their best chance at goal when Thamsanqa Mkhize’s header from close range went wide.
The last few minutes of the first half produced end-to-end moments with both teams taking the game to each other.
The game went into the interval with the Cape club trailing behind by 1-0.
Back out for the remaining 45 minutes, City pulled a sensational second half comeback when Mduduzi Mdantsane levelled matters from a penalty spot in the 54th minute after Olisa Ndah’s handball in the 18 area.
That goal, gave the hosts courage and started looking vibrant with more chances being created.
Pirates tried to bounce back into the contest when Kabelo Dlamini came in on the action and immediately played in Tshegofatso Mabasa, with his effort denied by Hugo.
Just as the fourth officlal’s board went up for added-on time, Goodman Mosele pushed forward and cut inside before unleashing a shot which lacked the necessary power to give the keeper any problems.
It was a tense finale, with both sides settling for a stalemate.
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By Mauwane Raophala