An action packed and entertaining game tonight at Thohoyandou Stadium saw us play to a draw against Black Leopards.
From kick off, it was clear that the game was going to be one that went to the wire with both sides fighting to use possession to the maximum.
We had a number of scoring opportunities in the first 45, but it was Leopards who created more space and were denied the lead off an offside play that saw them put the ball in the back of the net.
The toe to toe action carried through until the break, with the sides going into the break with no score on the board.
The second half started a bit slower. But it took only 5 minutes for the pace to pick up to the same of the first 45.
We used our position and possession well, and pushed up into the last third. We eventually got the break through in the 53rd minute as Lamola found space on the near side and put the ball past the hard working Ndlovu.
Three minutes later the keeper denied Sibiya extending the lead from a similar position with an outstanding save.
The battle lines were drawn and Leopards did all they could to attack when they had the ball on foot. We had a number of close calls, with the defence doing well to clear the ball from the danger area when a determined Leopards came on the attack.
The persistance of the home side paid off though as Mwape Musonda eventually found the equaliser for the home side just 5 minutes before full time.
This set the tone for an explosive final minutes. We handled some close calls as Black Leopards pushed hard to find a winner while using our ball to try find the space to clench a win.
In the end the scoreline reflected the nights battle with the teams walking away with a point each.
The team will now change their concentration to next weeks Nedbank Cup encounter against Tjakastad JS at Mbombela Stadium.