Orlando Pirates Polokwane City Absa Premiership PSL report
Posted: 27 April 2016 Time: 18:19
Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City played to a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership tie at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.
It was Pirates winger Thabo Qalinge with the first attempt at goal, but his shot just after the 10-minute mark was wide of the framework following a good passage of play.
On the half-hour mark Pirates’ Luvuyo Memela was knocked over by Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova, but the referee was not interested in any penalty appeals.
It was Memela again, late in the half, who sliced through the Polokwane midfield and got in a shot at goal, but Chigova made the save. The rebound fell to Mpho Makola but he could not find the back of the net.
Just before half time the visitors had a good chance. A corner taken by Sipho Jembula found the head of Mfundo Phungwayo, but his attempt hit the crossbar.
Bucs looked as if they would find the opening goal when Makola got on the end of Patrick Phungwayo's pass, but his misguided attempt to find the in-form Tendai Ndoro inside thearea saw the chance come to nothing.
Inside the final 15 minutes, Bucs keeper Brighton Mhlongo did well to punch away a free-kick by Cole Alexander.
Polokwane’s Thobani Mncwango then hit a dangerous looking shot at goal, and Mhlongo fumbled the ball but the visitors could not take advantage of the mistake.
And there was one last throw of the dice for Pirates when substitute Thabo Rakhale hit a half-volley attempt over the crossbar in the dying moments of optional time.
Bucs now see themselves in sixth place on the table with four matches left, while Rise and Shine are six points above the drop zone in 13th spot.
HOME: Orlando Pirates
Coach: Eric Tinkler
AWAY: Polokwane City
Coach: Julio Leal