Quality lacking as Polokwane, Highlands Park battle to draw

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Peter Shalulile (TEAMtalk)
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Polokwane City and Highlands Park could not be separated at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday as they drew 1-1 after an evenly matched PSL clash.

Both sides made wholesale changes to their starting lineups for the encounter, with Polokwane making seven, while Highlands swapped out six players.

The number of changes appeared to have an undesirable impact on the game on both sides of the pitch as neither team could find their rhythm in the first half.

The untidy play was not conducive to creating scoring opportunities as balls played into the final third lacked the quality to truly test the opposition defence.

Highlands had a decent chance in the 18th minute when Wayde Jooste pounced on the ball, but his effort was comfortably saved by City goalkeeper George Chigova.

The second half started with more of the same as neither side could put together a threatening attack, but just past the hour mark the deadlock was broken.

The goal was as scrappy as the game itself.

Mpho Mvelase whipped in a cross from the right wing, looking for Chartlon Mashumba, but he couldn't connect with his head and it instead hit Limbikani Mzava, who accidentally directed the ball into the back of his own net to give City a 1-0 lead.

The breakthrough was exactly what the game needed, because 10 minutes later Highlands Park replied in fine style thanks to a great headed finish from Peter Shalulile.

A corner kick from Lindokuhle Mbatha found Shalulile who rose high before directing the ball into the back of the net with a well-timed header to make it 1-1.

The Lions of the North were boosted by the equaliser and once again it was Shalulile who caused the problems for Polokwane.

The forward reacted quickly to get his left boot onto a loose ball to direct it goalwards, but Chigova did well to keep the effort out.

After the late surge of goal-mouth action, the two sides remained locked at 1-1 until the final whistle, which leaves Polokwane in the relegation zone while Highlands climbed to seventh.

- TEAMtalk media

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