|TEAM LINE UP|
|36||M van Heerden (Memela 68′)|
|15||T Qalinge (Morrison 79′)|
|31||T Gabuza (Kutumela 54′)|
ORLANDO PIRATES 0
0 GOLDEN ARROWS
Competition: ABSA Premiership
Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Venue: Orlando Stadium
We have walked away with a point tonight as we played to a draw against Orlando Pirates in Soweto.
It was a well balanced first half and even though The Buccaneers dominated the possession of the ball, it was an equal fight on the park from both sides.
Gumede had a good half, having to fend off strong attacks from Matlaba and Qalinge as well as a scurry in the last seconds of the first 45 with 6 players from Pirates waiting in the box to try and break the deadlock.
We played well on the turn and the players were aware of their positioning, making counter plays affective attacking movements that allowed Mahachi, Nkombelo and Mutizwa shots on goal.
Mabokgwane, keeping for Pirates tonight also had his work cut out in the first 45 and the combined effort from the men between the sticks saw the teams go into the change-room with no score on the board.
Coming back after the break was no different for the two keepers. We created a number of opportunities to score and fresh legs from Lamola in the 71st minute saw some creative chances but at the end of the day, we could not find the mark.
Gumede, who won Man of the Match, stood strong at the back for us tonight. Pirates came at goals from a number of angles and Gumede did well to read the play and keep a clean sheet.
Although not a full point haul, returning home with a point against the Buccaneers will put the players in a strong frame of mind ahead of Saturdays game against Cape Town City.
The game will be played at 20h15 and should be a great encounter to catch live at Princess Magogo Stadium.
|TEAM LINE UP|
|25||N Sibiya (Fikizolo 45′)|
|06||J Shongwe (Bilankulu 58′)|
|19||K Mutizwa (Lamola 71′)|