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Orlando Pirates vs Golden Arrows: Buccaneers Miss the Chance to Close Huge Gap With Mamelodi Sundowns
- Orlando Pirates missed the opportunity to close the gap on log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night
- The Buccaneers had to settle for a most disappointing 0-0 draw against Lamontville Golden Arrows
- The draw also saw Pirates blow the chance to create daylight between them and Stellenbosch Football Club
Orlando Pirates failed to capitalise on Stellenbosch's stalemate earlier in the evening after they played out to a goalless draw against Golden Arrows in a DStv Premiership match at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
The rivals had to settle for a share of the spoils, with Pirates remaining a point ahead of the third-placed Maroons and Arrows unmoved in 10th position.
Chances were at were rare in the opening 45 minutes as the two teams pretty much cancelled each other out, with most of the action taking place in the middle of the park.
Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested, although Nkosingiphile Gumede was alert to the danger in the 36th minute as he rushed out to smother the ball before Deon Hotto could get there. Gumede breathed a sigh of relief three minutes later when Goodman Mosele attempted to catch him off his line, but the midfielder's speculative long-range effort missed to the left of the goal.
Fortune smiled on Pirates in the 41st minute as Sibiya's free-kick took a deflection off the wall and clipped the outside of the right post.
The first half drew to a close with Hotto blazing over the target from inside the box after meeting Ntsako Makhubela's cross.
Kwame Peprah had the first sight at goal after the restart, but the Ghanaian striker failed to test Gumede with his header from a 48th-minute corner.
Happy Jele was also guilty of not testing the visiting keeper from close range as he fired into the side-netting on 52 minutes, while Lindokuhle Mtshali squandered a good opportunity for Arrows 16 minutes later after placing his free-kick to the right of the goal.
Gumede was finally called into action in the 72nd minute to deny Kabelo Dlamini, who tried to pick out the far corner from Hotto cut-back pass, and he pulled off another fine save four minutes later to keep out Zakhele Lepasa's flicked header.
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The visitors quickly countered and Pule Mmodi advanced into the area before dragging his shot wide of the left post.
Sbonelo Cele had a chance to win it for the KZN outfit two minutes from time, but couldn't keep his shot down after connecting with Saziso Magawana's cross, while Dlamini produced the same result at the other end in stoppage time from Terrence Dzvukamanja's neat layoff.
Stellenbosch FC and Swallows FC draw in the DStv Premiership, the Dube Birds claim a point at the Death
Stellenbosch FC was denied a chance to go into second place in the DStv Premiership no thanks to a last-second goal by Wandisile Letlabika for Swallows.
As reported on Sports Brief, the Swallows defender finished off a constant spell of pressure for the Dube Birds, as he cleverly put the ball into the back of the net from close range.
Stellenbosch went into the game without their star striker, Ashley du Preez, but did give starts to Jayden Adams and Athenkosi Mcaba, the two 20-year-olds in the team.