Arrows battle back to secure a point

Mabhuti Khanyeza
Mabhuti Khanyeza

Golden Arrows came from behind to hold Cape Town City to a 1-1 draw in the DStv Premiership on Tuesday evening.

The Citizens handed the returning Lyle Lakay a second debut with Keanu Cupido restored too, whilst Velemseni Ndwandwe made his 100th appearance for the Arrows.

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In a pretty quiet opening, the visitors were up and running afterwards and provided fullback Thamsanqa Mkhize a sniff with a shot from the near side of the area.

City continued to hold the forth and made the breakthrough inside 27 minutes when Kajally Drammeh went on a solo run and applied a strong finish for his first for the Citizens.

Abafana Besthende nearly got the leveller two minutes later through a shot from range by Ndwandwe after the Citizens mixed-up their lines, but the effort fizzled wide.

The host were then forced into a substitution towards halftime with Ntsikelelo Nxadi withdrawn and Themba Mantshiyane thrown in the fray.

Arrows nearly grabbed the all-important leveller moments to the interval from an effort by Moon off a cross by Nduduzo Sibiya, but Darren Keet saved.

It was a lively opening second half from the host and a teasing attempt in the area from Ndwandwe worked a goal-line clearance off Mkhize and Taariq Fielies.

Abafana Besthende applied more pressure minutes later and forced a double save from Keet through attempts at the far post by Pule Mmodi.

The Citizens regained a bit of momentum near the closing stages and threatened a second off a flying shot from a clever angle by Darwin Gonzalez.

Abafana Besthende levelled in the last eight minutes when Divine Lunga pounced on a loose ball from a corner by Sibiya and turned home.

Both sides looked for the winner inside fulltime, but it wasn’t to be and thus the spoils were shared by the two outfits.

Confirmed line-ups:

Golden Arrows 32. Gumede, 15. Zuke, 27.Nxadi, 3. Lunga, 37. Ndlovu, 23. Dube, 11. Sibiya, 12. Ndwandwe, 24. Dlamini, 13. Mmodi, 9. Moon,

Subs:Subs: 28. Mbatha, 35. Mantshiyane, 7. Magawana, 5. Shitolo, 34. Fikizolo, 2. Gumbi, 4. Khumalo, 30. Cele, 25. Nkosi

Cape Town City: 16. Keet, 2. Mkhize, 15. Cupido, 12. Fielies, 24. Lakay, 3. Mokeke, 5. Ambina, 27. Goedeman, 20. Darwin, 7. Kajally, 11. Mayo

Subs: 31. Mpandle, 13. Van Heerden, 10. Mdantsane, 19. Lekay, 6. Mokhuoane, 26. Nodada, 9. Bender, 8. Makola, 48. Rhodes

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