Kaizer Chiefs failed to gain revenge on TS Galaxy after the sides played to a 0-0 draw at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Having been named on the bench in the Soweto derby, Erick Mathoho returned to make his first start of the season in place of Siyabonga Ngezana, while Bernard Parker replaced Leonardo Castro up front and Willard Katsande came back in to central midfield as well to add some experience.
Chiefs had the first opportunity of the game in the fourth minute when Lebogang Manyama whipped a tempting free-kick into the area that both Mathoho and Khama Billiat almost got on the end of.
The visitors had their first opportunity courtesy of a mistake by Chiefs defender Philani Zulu, who missed his interception which gave Tshegofatso Nyama time and space to line up his shot and he let fly with his left foot forcing Daniel Akpeyi in to a sharp diving save to his right.
Galaxy won a penalty on the half-hour mark when Kgotso Moleko tripped up Lindokuhle Mbatha in the area with the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Wayde Lekay stepped up but his effort came back off the woodwork as Chiefs survived a massive scare.
The 2019 Nedbank Cup champions had another great opportunity to take the lead before the half-time break. After a series of give-and-gos, Lekay played the ball into the feet of Karabo Tshepe, whose shot went narrowly over the crossbar.
Gavin Hunt made one change at the interval, bringing on Leonardo Castro in place of Manyama. Galaxy were controlling matters after the break, prompting Hunt in to making two more changes on the hour mark, taking off Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Willard Katsande for Kearyn Baccus and Teddy Akumu respectively.
In the 65th minute, Zulu whipped in an enticing cross towards Castro, but he was put off by the experienced Bevan Fransman. Soon after, Billiat played in Parker in the box but the angle was tight and his shot sliced wide of the upright as Chiefs looked to find their groove.
Chiefs were beginning to apply more pressure on the visitors' defence. But it was Galaxy who came closest to next scoring. Shaune Mogaila had looked good since replacing Mbatha and he went on a brilliant individual run from half-way before his effort deflected off the outrushing Akpeyi and was heading in but Mathoho did well to head the ball off the line.
Chiefs: Akpeyi; Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Zulu; Manyama, Katsande, Blom, Ngcobo; Billiat, Parker.
Subs: Khune, Mphahlele, Ngezana, Sasman, Ntiya-Ntiya, Agay, Baccus, Lesako, Castro.
Galaxy: Van der Linde, Bodibe, Msimango, Fransman, Seedat, Mbunjana, Nyama, Ndlovu, Tshepe, Mbatha, Lekay
Subs: Huegh, Modisane, Munyai, Nduti, Aubaas, Mogalia, Letsholonyane, Mususu, Macuphu