CT City battle back to hold Pirates

Premiership

Orlando Pirates lost further ground with the pace-setters in the DStv Premiership following a 1-1 draw with Cape Town City on Saturday evening.

Pirates decided to grant new signing Olisa Ndah his first start in defence, while City went for Surprise Ralani and Fagrie Lakay up top after their impressive showing against Swallows in the MTN8.

The Buccaneers snatched the lead on 13 minutes after captain Happy Jele beat City goalkeeper Hugo Marques to a cross from the left-side to head into the back of the net.

Another inviting opportunity fell the way of the Buccaneers minutes thereafter as an ill-timed clearance from Marques fell to Ntsako Makhubela, who from afar scooped over target.

City started to ask questions following a quiet opening quarter and saw a diving header at the far side from Thamsanqa Mkhize going over the top.

However, City’s approach suffered a blow minutes inside halftime after Terrence Mashego was stretched off and saw Abdul Jeleel Ajagun introduced.

The Buccaneers looked to hang on to their narrow advantage and introduced Fortune Makaringe in the place of Abel Mabaso, who was lucky not to have received a second yellow card before the break.

City were back on level terms five minutes into the second half when Mduduzi Mdantsane left goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane flat-footed with a penalty following a hand ball by Ndah.

This comeback injected new energy into the Citizens a little thereafter and from a loose pass in the area could’ve been ahead, but Ajagun was guarded whilst Taariq Fielies headed a corner wide.

Pirates had another let off from a corner when Terrence Mashego’s skewed header flew wide before Mpho Makola curled a cutback in the area over the top moments later, as it ended 1-1 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Confirmed line-ups:

City:  Hugo, Mkhize, Fielies, Fasika, Mashego, Mobara, Mokeke, Nodada, Mdantsane, Ralani, Lakay.

Subs: Mpandle, Cupido, Ajagun, Dove, Mokhuoane, Makola, Morris, Martin, Mayo.

Pirates: Mpontshane, Jele, Ndah, Shandu, Mako, Mabaso, Mosele, Makhubela, Pule, Dzvukamanja, Mabasa.

Subs: Sandilands, Peprah, Bophela, Mntambo, Sam, Dlamini, Makaringe, Hlatshwayo, Hotto

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