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Pirates denied by last-minute goal

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 22:15

A brilliant acrobatic finish by goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke ensured Baroka FC claimed a point in their 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday night.

The draw took the Premier Soccer League newcomers to the 10th spot on the log table with 11 points after 11 matches so far.

On the other side, Augusto Palacios's men grabbed the lead through defender Justice Chabalala, who easily finished from a corner.

Baroka got the contest off to a bright start, creating a wonderful opportunity in the seventh minute, but Geofrey Massa was denied by goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane from close range.

The first 10 to 15 minutes saw Kgoloko Thobejane's side controlling the match and they did not give their visitors too much time on the ball.

Tendai Ndoro managed to force his way into the box, beating his marker, but his final attempt at goal went wide on the right of keeper Masuluke's posts.

In the last 20 minutes of the first half, fouls were dominant as referee Phillip Tinyani issued four yellow cards in six minutes.

Just three minutes after the return from the tunnel, the visitors found the back of the net through Chabalala when he headed home from Luvuyo Memela's corner.

The hosts continued to dominate as they probed for an equaliser, and they introduced Tsepo Matete whose attempt from the d-line lacked poison, allowing Mabokgwane to easily collect in the 67th minute.

However, six minutes into injury time, Masuluke netted an acrobatic equaliser when Pirates failed to clear a corner from the right. The keeper improvised with a brilliant finish to hand the hosts a point.

Pirates now sit at No 6 with 17 points from 10 matches in their campaign.

Pirates: Mabokgwane, Phungwayo, Chabalala, Gyimah (Jele 46'), Sikhakhane, Manyisa, Makola, Memela (Shitolo 78'), Ndoro (Motupa 85'), Qalinge, Sarr.

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