Clash with rivals Real City produces few sparks.
Highbury resumed their championship campaign with a dull performance when they drew 1-1 against archrivals Real City in a Safa Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe Second Division league match at the NU9 Stadium in Motherwell on Saturday.
Home side City scored first through a ball by Olwethu Mzizana in the sixth minute of the game to put his team in the lead but Highbury’s Abdul Feidu equalised in the 30th minute.
The Motherwell-based side were determined to collect the full points from the onset of the match but they failed to extend their lead.
Highbury’s goalkeeper performed well to deny City from scoring as he saved several direct shots.
City played very well to maintain their record of not losing against their neighbours.
City manager Siviwe Mahambhehlala said his charges controlled the first stanza of the game but the players lost concentration towards the break.
“The players performed according to the coach’s instructions and we scored an early goal but we allowed them to come back before the break.
“We are not happy with the one point because our intention was to collect the maximum points.
“We were all over them from the start, even after the break we were eager to score more goals, but their goalkeeper was on top of his game and he denied us scoring opportunities.”
Mahambhehlala said his team would do much better in their upcoming game.
Highbury coach Garth Dickinson said his side could have won the game but the pitch was very bad for them.
“It is disappointing for the semiprofessional teams to play on a bumpy pitch like this one.
“We are not satisfied with the venue but as far as the results go, we should have killed the game in the second half,” he said.
Another Port Elizabeth side campaigning in the Safa Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe Second Division league, Morning Stars, beat Zimbane Killers 1-0 at the Zwide Stadium on Friday.
Thandisizwe Tukani scored for the Kwazakhele-based outfit in the 70th minute.
The game started slowly and both teams missed several scoring chances, going into the break without a goal. The second half was much better as Stars dominated the ball possession and were rewarded with a goal.
Stars manager Siyabulela Isaac said he was happy with the result.
“We performed very well and the team was ready to kick off the new year with a bang.
“We deserved the full points because it would have been painful to be defeated at home in front of our supporters,” Isaac said.
– Mthetho Ndoni