Adriano off the mark for Bucs

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Playing in his practice match against Platinum Stars yesterday, the former Esperance striker was the first to score for Bucs, however, his effort was cancelled out by an equalizer from Stanley Kgatla before half time.

The exciting game which was played at a frantic pace ended in a 1-1 draw.

Stars, who were also fielding former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Ndlovu, dominated in the ball possession department as they opted for the slow build up from the back, looking to counter attack, but it was Adriano who drew first blood for Bucs in the 20th minute.

The goal shook the visitors into action as they went forward with more purpose in search of the equaliser.

Kgatla leveled the scores when he capitalised on a defensive error between Michael Morton and Senzo Meyiwa to slot the ball into an empty net.

Stars’ CEO Larry Brookstone watching his team along the line with U-19 coach Allan Freeze said he was quite happy.

“I think we played well and should have scored more goals as we dominated both first and second half,” he said.

In the second half Stars’ coach Miguel Gamondi made wholesale changes trying various combinations. This did work as there was much stability and attack with fresh legs like Ndlovu, Reuben Thebakang, Phumudzo Manenzhe, Dingaan Masanabo, Ivan Zwane all coming on.

“We are making steady progress,” Bucs’ assistant coach Ian Palmer said after the game.

“From the technical team’s point of view, we are reasonably happy with the progress the team has made. The players are beginning to understand what we want from them,” Palmer told Bucs’ website.

“The level of fitness has picked-up tremendously and it is good to see that the players can now react quickly to circumstances around them in the field of play.”

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