Soweto Derby Ends In A Draw

The spoils were shared in the latest installment of the Soweto Derby as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at a packed FNB Stadium on Saturday.  It was Chiefs who started the match on the front foot and should have been awarded a penalty in the fourth minute after Siyabonga Sangweni took down George Lebese in the box, but referee Zolile Mthetho didn’t give it.  However despite the hosts’ good start, it was the Bucs who began dominating possession but weren’t clinical enough in the final third to trouble Amakhosi, who resigned to sitting deep and hitting their rivals on the counterattack.

Stuart Baxter’s boys’ best chance of the half came from a free kick as Eric Mathoho connected well to Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s delivery but his header went over the bar as the match remained goalless heading into half-time.  The second half was far more open as both teams went in search of a goal, and it was the Glamour Boys who came closest in the 57th minute as Siphiwe Tshabalala’s shot deflected off Thabo Matlaba and onto the crossbar, much to the relief of Buccaneers keeper Brighton Mhlongo.

The crossbar was the saviour again, this time for Baxter’s boys as Sifiso Myeni’s shot from outside the box deflected off Matoho and onto the bar and out.  The final chance of the match fell for Amakhosi, as they carved their way through the Sea Robbers’ defence but Mhlongo made the crucial save from a Siboniso Gaxa strike in the 83rd minute as the match petered out to a draw.