Ndoro goal saves Pirates

Close call as Polokwane City stay in front until injury time A late header by Tendai Ndoro 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 curling shot as they enjoyed the lead for the better part of the contest. Despite a slow start, Pirates got their first corner kick in the 17th minute, but 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. But the 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 of 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. But with 22 minutes remaining, Muhsin Ertugral was angry on the touchline as defender Justice Chabalala missed a sitter from a corner.

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