Galaxy drop vital points on home soil


TS Galaxy missed the chance to move out the danger zone in the DStv Premiership after playing to a 1-1 draw with SuperSport United on Saturday afternoon.

SuperSport made only one change from the defeat against Orlando Pirates in a five-goal thriller, as Aubrey Ngoma was recalled in place of Selaelo Rasebotja while the Rockets were boosted by the return of Ebrahim Seedat and Lindokuhle Mbatha.

Sead Ramovic's charges had a bright start as Orebotse Mongae gave them the lead in the 13th with a thumping strike in the box after he was teed up by Augustine Kwem from a mistake by United at the back.

However, Mongae went from hero to villain in the 24th minute after he conceded a penalty by shoving down Iqraam Rayners in the box and Jamie Webber levelled matters for Matsatsantsa with a side-footed spot-kick on the wrong side of goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi.

The game opened up in the latter stages of the first stanza and Ghampani Lungu had a chance to give United the lead just before the half-time break but his close-range strike was saved by Buthelezi after a headed pass by Thamsanqa Gabuza.

Galaxy were on the front foot in the opening stages of the second stanza as Kwem and Mbatha forced stunning saves out of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams in quick succession.

SuperSport were soaking up the pressure for the better part of the second stanza and Kaitano Tembo made a double tactical change in the last 20 minutes, as Onismor Bhasera came on for Lungu and Moses Waiswa replaced Webber.

The Rockets were threatening to get the winner in the closing stages, with United doing all the defending but they did not get clear chances, as Matsatsantsa desperately held on to the share of the spoils, as Galaxy remained in 15th place on the log.

Confirmed line-ups:

Galaxy: Buthelezi, Sanoka, Seedat, Msimango, Mere, Brooks, Hlongwane, Mongae, Teto, Kwem

Subs: Kolak, Lekay, Mbunjana, Aubaas, Fakude, Mngomezulu, Nduli, Munyai, Mahlangu.

SuperSport: Williams, Philipps, Johannes, Ditlhokwe, Ngobeni, Ngoma, Webber, Donn, Rayners,  Gabuza, Lungu.

Subs: Pule, Nhlapo, Mbatha, Bhasera, Soumahoro, Rasebotja, Waiswa,  Manziba, Mazibuko.