It’s a dreary draw

2008-02-18 00:00

KAIZER Chiefs and Jomo Cosmos remain firmly rooted in the wrong end of the Premier Soccer League table after their 0-0 draw in Orkney yesterday.

Chiefs, who have not won in two matches since the restart of the league from its Christmas break, and four games overall, moved up from 13th to 12th, while Cosmos continue to struggle in last place.

Cosmos shaded the attacking play, with a combination of some near misses, poor finishing and fine goalkeeping seeing Chiefs hold out for a draw.

Cosmos created the first chance in the 13th minute, with Dikgang Mabalane running onto a long ball out of defence, but the winger blasted his effort over with only in-form Chiefs ‘keeper Itumeleng Khune to beat.

Chiefs midfielder David Mathebula sent a powerful drive whistling over the crossbar before Ezenkosi lost influential midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, with injured back from a heavy fall, just after the half-hour mark, replacing him with Papi Mngomezulu.

Both teams continued to spurn scoring chances, with Cosmos’ Geoffrey Massa shooting over from close range in the 38th minute before Kaizer Motaung Junior was guilty of the same offence at the other end. Cosmos goalkeeper Avril Phali made a sharp save to deny Motaung to leave the game goalless at the break.

Early in the second half, Phali beat Mathebula to a ball over the top with the midfielder steaming through.

Khune was forced into a sharp save at his near post in the 53rd minute after Morgan Gould broke free down the right of the Chiefs area. Then Mngomezulu lashed a long-range effort just wide of Khune’s right-hand upright.

Just before the hour Khune kept out Massa’s powerful shot after the Ugandan had cut inside Derrick Spencer. Onismor Bhasera tested Phali with a low shot on 67 minutes.

Substitute Thuso Phala missed a great chance for Chiefs in the 74th minute after a slick passing move had seen him clean through on goal but he failed to hit the target.

And Mngomezulu did almost exactly the same thing for Cosmos just a minute later.

Massa came close to breaking the deadlock with just five minutes to play, shooting from a tight angle and seeing the ball deflect off the inside of Khune’s left leg and hit the outside of the post.

In yesterday’s only other game Santos were made to struggle for a 3-2 victory over AmaZulu at Athlone Stadium.

The Capetonians were 2-0 up at the break thanks to goals by Erwin Isaacs and Mogogi Gabonamong.

AmaZulu pulled one back when Romano Scott handled the ball in the area in the 56th minute, Siyabonga Mkhwanazi converting the penalty. But Isaacs notched up his brace in the 69th, before Litha Ngxabi’s consolation goal in the dying seconds.

* In the National First Division, Bay United beat Hanover Park 1-0 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday to go top of the Coastal Stream. Maritzburg United, who lost 1-0 to Nathi Lions on Friday, dropped to second place, a point behind Bay.

PSL results

Yesterday: Jomo Cosmos 0 Kaizer Chiefs 0

Saturday: Orlando Pirates 2 Wits University 0, Thanda Royal Zulu 0 Supersport United 1, Black Leopards 1 Ajax Cape Town 2, Lamontville Golden Arrows 2 Free State Stars 2

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