Baroka frustrate Downs
Posted: 11 December 2018 Time: 05:28 pm
Baroka FC managed to clinch a point on the road following a goalless draw against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership.
Hlompho Kekana had a good opportunity to open the scoring for the Brazilians in the second minute of the game inside the six-yard box, but he rushed his shot that Bakgaga goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze swallowed from point-blank range.
Wedson Nyirenda’s charges, meanwhile, were playing deep in their own half and hardly entered the attacking third.
Kekana almost broke the deadlock for Pitso Mosimane’s men in the 27th minute with a curling strike from just outside the box that sailed slightly over the bar.
The visitors were starting to grow in the game ten minutes before the break threatening Masandawana on counter-attacks.
Jemondre Dickens had a wonderful opportunity to break the deadlock for the Limpopo side two minutes before halftime after breaking away on the right but with Masandawana shot-stopper Kennedy Mwene at the near post, he opted for a square pass across the gaping net but the dangerous pass was cleared desperately.
Kekana had another chance to find the breakthrough for the hosts in first half stoppage time with a free-kick from 30-yards that was saved by Chipezeze as the first stanza ended goalless.
Jeremy Brockie was unlucky not to have found the net for the Brazilians four minutes into the second stanza after his glancing header inside the box was desperately saved by Chipezeze at the far bottom post.
Bakgaga had a good penalty appeal just before the hour-mark as Collins Makgaka was brought down inside the box by Thapelo Morena but the referee waved play on.
Sundowns were starting to get frustrated by the reinforced defence of the visitors 20 minutes before time as they cleared everything that was coming their way.
The Brazilians were struggling to find openings in the final third ten minutes before time with Baroka sitting deep in numbers, which prompted Pitso Mosimane to introduce Toni SIlva
Nyirenda’s troops were not showing tiredness in defence despite playing 120 minutes in the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday, but they certainly looked wearied in attack.
The pace of the game fizzled out in the last minutes of the game and the two sides inevitably shared the spoils.
HOME: Mamelodi Sundowns
Coach: Pitso Mosimane
AWAY: Baroka FC
Coach: Wedson Nyirenda