Bucs hold Downs at Dobsonville


Mamelodi Sundowns missed the chance to move within a point of Kaizer Chiefs after playing to a goalless draw with Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night.

Innocent Maela and Augustine Mulenga were recalled by Pirates, while Sundowns also went for two changes in Lyle Lakay and Keletso Makgalwa who were on target against Bidvest Wits over the weekend.

Sundowns enjoyed the earlier passage of play after pushing the Buccaneers high-up the pitch with possession rotation from Rivaldo Coetzee, Hlompho Kekana and Mosa Lebusa.

Wayne Sandilands made the evening’s first save after turning Themba Zwane’s near post attempt behind for a corner-kick shortly at the midway point, with Masandawana pushing from the front.

Pirates, who surprisingly came without star man Thembinkosi Lorch, started growing into the game as the half went by however the killer touch up front let down the side from Soweto.

The Sea Robbers’ first shot in anger arrived well into the final three minutes of the stoppage time as Vincent Pule fired in from close-range, whilst Kekana had a penalty appeal turned down at the other end.

A substitution from the Buccaneers straight after halftime saw Mulenga removed for Luvuyo Memela in an all-out offensive alteration.

Pirates almost broke the deadlock on 57 minutes when Fortune Makaringe burst through the centre of the defence before cracking the inside of the post, with Motjeka Madisha clearing the rebound.

The Buccaneers pushed again just under the last 20 minutes when Memela forced Denis Onyango into a low save following a one-two with Gabadinho Mhango, before the Sundowns shot-stopper was put to duty again nine minutes later after palming Pule’s cross-cum shot from the left side over for a corner-kick.

The Buccaneers should’ve gone ahead after 74 minutes when Ntsikelelo Nyauza sent Mhango’s inch-perfect free-kick over the top with Onyango all at sea.

The momentum stayed with Pirates as full-time neared, but it finished all square with Sundowns now sitting three points off league leaders Kaizer Chiefs who take on Bidvest Wits on Wednesday night.

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