University of Pretoria and Mamelodi Sundowns draw
Posted: 10 November 2012 Time: 17:24
Junior Sibande cancelled out Anthony Laffor’s early goal as the University of Pretoria held Mamelodi Sundowns to a 1-1 draw at the Tuks Stadium on Saturday.
The draw in this Tshwane derby means that Sundowns have not won in the League in nine consecutive games and remain rooted at the bottom of the standings.
A left-footed shot by Dumisani Ngwenya from 20 yards out was saved by Sundowns keeper Wayne Sandilands, before the visitors took the lead on 15th minute when Laffor cut in from the left and with a bit of space and time he curled a brilliant shot beyond the AmaTuks keeper.
It was the Brazilians’ first goal that they have scored in a first half of a League match this season.
Tuks were keeping the discipline and shape in the middle of the park despite falling behind and, with Sundowns looking vulnerable in defence like they have done all season, they conceded the equaliser on the half-hour mark.
Sibande received a pass from Aubrey Ngoma from a short comer and hit a left-footed shot from 35 yards out which deflected off Eleazar Rodgers and into the net.
Tuks were motivated by the vocal supporters and had an opportunity to take the lead when Bongani Zungu took a shot, only to see Sandilands fingertip the effort over the bar in the 39th minute.
Downs had a chance to reclaim the lead in the 50th minute when Jabulani Shongwe - who was a having fine match orchestrating his team’s attacking moves - found space down the left, but could only hit wide of the target.
Neither team threatened much in the later stages of the match and it ended in a draw.