Galaxy snatch a point from Baroka


TS Galaxy claimed a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Baroka FC after trailing by two goals in the DStv Premiership on Tuesday evening.

Mlungisi Mbunjana, Shaun Mogaila, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Mxolisi Macuphu survived from Galaxy’s side that went down to Cape Town City before the break, while Baroka recalled Oscarine Masuluke between the sticks..

Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele were given a massive let off in the first two minutes when Strydom Wambi dragged a close-range shot off target after a combination with Macuphu.

Masuluke was brought to action thereafter with a smart block from an equally smart attempt by Macuphu off a loose delivery from Tshegofatso Nyama.

It was time for Bakgaga to bomb forward before the half-hour mark as a long-range strike from Goodman Mosele agonizingly shaved the top of the crossbar.

Masuluke showed up once again a few minutes later as he pulled off a point-blank save to keep Mbatha at bay from a well-worked move.

Galaxy maintained their dominant spell just before halftime, with a stunning strike from Wambi bringing the best out of their opposite number Masuluke.

The Rockets were pegged back ten minutes into the second half when Ananias Gebhardt made full use of a goalkeeping blunder from Marlon Heugh to profit for the opening goal.

Bakgaga upped their tally on 60 minutes when a superb free-kick from Gerald Phiri Junior gave Heugh no chance whatsoever.

The Rockets were given a glimmer of hope after four minutes as Mogaila got on the end of good work from Macuphu to tap into an unguarded net.

Zipho Dlangalala put out an attacking double substitution 20 minutes to the end in Wayde Lekay and Sphiwe Mahlangu, with Wambi and Mbatha removed.

It brought rewards in the last six minutes after Macuphu showed up in a promising position to profit and force a share of the spoils.

Confirmed line-ups:

Galaxy: Heugh, Modisane,  Msimango,  Brooks,  Mahlangu, Mbunjana,  Wambi, Nyama,  Mogaila,  Mbatha, Macuphu.

Subs:  Van Der Linde, Fransman, Letsholonyane, Tshepe, Shozi, Bevan, Mususu, Lekay, Badenhorst.

Baroka:  Masuluke, Jampies, Kgoetyane, Gebhardt, Farmer,  Kambala, Patjjie, Mosele, Monama, Mgaga,  Phiri Jnr.

Subs: Ndzalama, Amoojee, Bowali, Mphahlele, Nkhona, Mathiba, Makume.