Chiefs salvage a point against Galaxy

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 19: Bernard Parker of  TS Galaxy scores a goal during the DStv Premiership match between Kazier Chiefs and TS Galaxy at FNB Stadium on October 19, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 19: Bernard Parker of TS Galaxy scores a goal during the DStv Premiership match between Kazier Chiefs and TS Galaxy at FNB Stadium on October 19, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs needed a late stunner from Keagan Dolly to force a 2-2 draw against TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday evening.

Chiefs made a late change before kick-off as Itumeleng Khune dropped out and Bruce Bvuma slotted in, whilst Khama Billiat and George Matlou returned to the line-up.

Galaxy, who had coach Sead Ramovic back on the touchline, were behind on seven minutes after Matlou’s through pass picked out Ashley Du Preez to find the net after staying onside.

The Rockets put on a substitution with just two minutes before the half-hour mark in former Chiefs man Bernard Parker, who came on for Lifa Hlongwane.

Parker’s arrival proved decisive as the veteran pounced on a defensive lapse by the host and slotted past Bvuma to bring the score level.

Galaxy turned the match around five minutes before halftime when Junior Traore made a towering leap in the area and headed a floating cross from the left past Bvuma.

The Rockets needed to make a change shortly after taking the lead as Pogiso Sanoka struggled to continue and was replaced by McBeth Mahlangu.

 Chiefs applied a strong start in the second half and forced the Rockets in their own half as the likes of Billiat, Matlou, Keagan Dolly and Yusuf Maart bothered the visitors.

The Soweto giants turned to the bench midway through the second half and added more firepower in Kgaogelo Sekgota for Matlou.

Numerous chances kept coming the way of the Amakhosi, who camped in the defensive-third of the Rockets and offered them little in the way of offensive play.

Chiefs levelled with 20 minutes to go when a free-kick on the edge of the area allowed Dolly to step forth and curl into the top corner.

The Amakhosi almost found the winner in the closing minutes from a low shot in the box by Maart, but Buthelezi saved as the two sides settled for a share of the spoils.

Confirmed line-ups:

Kaizer Chiefs:  Bvuma, Frosler, Hlanti, Dove, Kwinika, Blom, Maart, Matlou, Dolly, Billiat, Du Preez.

Subs: Khune, Mathoho, Alexander, Sithebe, Sekgota, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Mashiane, Solomons, Zwane

TS Galaxy:  Buthelezi, Sanoka, Nyama, Msimango, Sebelebele, Hlongwane, Mbunjana, Mbatha, Aubaas, Teto, Traore.

Subs: Kolak, S. Mahlangu, Phohlongo, Mlambo, Parker, M. Mahlangu, Mongae, Mere, Daya.

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