Chiefs Draw, Royal AM Into Top 4
Kaizer Chiefs and Marumo Gallants battled it out to a goalless draw as both teams ended with ten men at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day Royal AM moved into the top four on the DStv Premiership table as they beat TS Galaxy 4-2.
There were a few changes to the Chiefs team, with Daniel Akpeyi getting a start at goalkeeper, while Nkosingiphile Ngcobo also returned to the starting line-up.
And Akpeyi was in the action early on, and again in the 14th minute as he made a big save to deny Katlego Otladisa’s on target header. Celimpilo Ngema tried a shot in the 32nd minute, but again Akpeyi made the save.
It was a midfield battle, and Stuart Baxter would not have been pleased to see his team attempt no shots in the opening half hour. Cole Alexander tried from range in the 37th minute, but it flew over Washington Arubi’s goal.
Ngema and Otladisa were off target for Gallants as the half drew to a close, and at the break it remained goalless.
Baxter threw Bernard Parker on at halftime, as they looked to change the momentum, but they continued to struggle to create chances, though Khama Billiat was on target from a free kick, but Arubi saved comfortably. Parker had a chance with a header in the 66th minute but it went wide, as did his long range attempt in the 74th minute.
Chiefs were reduced to ten men with fifteen minutes to go after S’fiso Hlanti picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Otladisa, and a minute later Thabo Mnyamane went close, but Akpeyi made another good save to deflect the headed attempt onto the upright.
Gallants were also reduced to ten men when Ngema was sent off in the 80th minute for cynically kicking the ball into Billiat.
Erick Mathoho went close in the 89th minute but Arubi pulled off a good save, while a minute later Daniel Cardoso headed wide with the net beckoning.
Keagan Dolly tried a long range attempt in stoppage time, but Arubi saved easily, and in the end, the teams had to settle for a point a piece.
While there were no goals at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, there were six at the Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Royal AM beat a ten man TS Galaxy 4-2.
Royal AM took advantage of a defensive mix-up in the fourth moment, and Tshidiso Monamodi’s persistence saw him knock the ball past Wensten van der Linde.
Two minutes later it got worse for Galaxy as Marks Munyai, who had been involved in the earlier blunder, was shown a straight red card for a bad foul.
It was 2-0 to Royal AM in the 28th minute, with Levy Mashiane running into the box and finishing well from the right.
Victor Letsoalo made it three just before half-time, with the Bafana Bafana striker scoring his fourth of the season with a good finish from close range.
Galaxy were awarded a penalty in the 76th minute for a handball, and Pogiso Sanoka made no mistake.
But Royal AM made sure of the result when in the 85th minute Kabelo Mahlasela blasted in to make it 4-1, though Mxolisi Macuphu did pull one back in stoppage time for Galaxy.
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