Ndoro rescues a point for Pirates
TENDAI Ndoro’s late header ensured Orlando Pirates walked away with a point from their Absa Premiership 1-1 draw against Polokwane City at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium yesterday.
For the hosts, Puleng Tlolane netted a fine curler as they enjoyed the lead for the better part of the contest.
Despite a slow start in the match, Pirates got their first corner kick in the 17th minute, and Ndoro failed to keep his attempt down after a sweet delivery from captain Oupa Manyisa.
In the 36th minute, Tlolane tried a curling shot to beat goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo after dispossessing Issa Sarr, however, his attempt went inches over the bar.
Two minutes later, Thabiso Kutumela hit the woodwork following a good interchange of passes in the middle of the park, with City’s keeper George Chigova beaten.
After seven minutes in the second stanza, Tlolane managed to beat Mhlongo with a beauty of a strike into the top corner to hand City the lead.
Simphiwe Hlongwane was unlucky for Rise and Shine as his effort from a counter attack hit the woodwork in the 63rd minute.
However, with 22 minutes remaining, Muhsin Ertugral was angry on the touchline as defender Justice Chabalala missed a sitter from a corner on the right flank.
Luc Eymael’s side enjoyed the ball possession, but they wasted their chances as they continued to frustrate the visitors in the last five minutes.
However, Ndoro found the back of the net in injury time when he connected well with a header from the right flank to beat the relaxed Chigova. — SuperSport