JOHANNESBURG – Polokwane City and Bidvest Wits drew 0-0 in their Premiership clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium last night.
Gavin Hunt’s team’s 100% record came to an end as the ten men of Polokwane earned a share of the spoils.
Pololwane were reduced to ten men on the stroke of halftime when Thapelo Tshilo was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident.
In the 70th minute, Ben Motshwari had a long-range effort, but it was well off target as the team from Polokwane set up shop and settled for their first point of the season.
Highlands Park recorded their first win on their return to the Absa Premiership when they beat fellow promoted side 2-1 at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa last night.
Highlands Park conceded three penalties in the match, but Baroka’s Marshall Munetsi converted only one in the first half, while the home side’s goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini saved the other two spot kicks.
Referee Victor Gomes awarded Baroka a penalty in the sixth minute of the clash, which Munetsi coolly slotted home from the spot. The visitors went on to dominate most of the play in the first half hour of the match as well, with Albert Mothupo coming close with a free header, which Kapini had to parry over the bar.
Highlands Park, though, hit back in the 31st minute when Zambian hitman Mbesuma showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with. The veteran striker got his campaign under way with a well-taken back heel after a top free kick in the area by Franklin Cale.
Baroka were awarded another penalty in the 41st minute of the match when the ball hit the hand of one of the Highlands Park defenders in the penalty area. However, this time, Kapini guessed the right way and saved Munetsi second spot kick.
Highlands Park would then took the lead in the 57th minute. Mashumba found some space on the edge of the Baroka area and slotted the ball home with a neat finish.
Tendai Ndoro’s two first-half goals helped Orlando Pirates defeat Ajax Cape Town 2-1 in an Absa Premiership game played at the Cape Town Stadium last night.
The Urban Warriors enjoyed a good spell of possession in the opening stages of the league encounter as they probed for the game’s first goal.
However, Tendai Ndoro fired Pirates into the lead in the 36th minute against the run of play after he combined well with Mpho Makola.
The home side pulled one back through Nathan Paulse in the 53rd minute. A long ball found the towering striker unmarked in the Pirates box and he made it 2-1 for Ajax.
Pirates walked away 2-1 winners on the night, making it two wins out of two for the Buccaneers in the league.
– African News Agency