PSL News 4.4.2015 10:32 pm

City and Wits settle for 1-all draw

Puleng Tlolane during the Absa Premiership match between Polokwane City and Bidvest Wits at Peter Mokaba Stadium. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

Puleng Tlolane during the Absa Premiership match between Polokwane City and Bidvest Wits at Peter Mokaba Stadium. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

Polokwane City and Wits were forced to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw in their Premiership match at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, in Polokwane, on Saturday night.

While the first half witnessed countless attempts on goal and swift interplay from both sides with a goal each, the second half petered out with no further change to the scoreline.

It was a result which did not particularly suit either team, as Wits remained in fourth spot on the log with 41 points while City moved to 33 points, but still in eighth position.

The frenetic start to the match belied the overhead conditions with both teams mounting meaningful forays into their opponents territory.

The hosts opened the scoring in the fourth minute. City put together a flowing move down the left, with the cross coming in from Rendani Ndou for Puleng Tlolane who was in perfect position to find the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Eight minutes later, City should have doubled their advantage. The home team produced a surging passage of play down the middle, and a lofted the cross soared over the heads of the Wits defence, but goal-scorer Tlolane’s acrobatic attempt could not find the target.

That miss would come back to haunt City as Wits pulled a goal back in the 14th minute. Henrico Botes levelled the scores for Wits, after he snapped up a rebound from an initial attempt by Sameehg Doutie was only half-stopped by City keeper Modiri Marumo.

Once the scoreline reached 1-1, the intensity dropped and Wits were able to work their way back into the game.

In the 33rd minute, Dillon Sheppard came within centimetres of giving Wits the lead. The winger’s swerving free kick from 25 metres out, crashed into the crossbar with a fully-stretched Marumo well-beaten.

On the hour mark, Papy Faty made his way to the edge of the area and his diagonal shot across the face of goal sailed narrowly wide.

Tlolane spurned a great chance to put his side ahead again in the 67th minute. The striker was released ahead of the Wits defence and with just Moeneeb Josephs in the Wits goal to beat, his shot was sprayed inexplicably wide.

An 84th minute Sheppard free kick nearly had the beating of Marumo, but it was narrowly tipped away by the keeper for a corner.

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