Milano, PLK City share spoils play-off opener

Milano United and Polokwane City played out to a 0-0 draw at the Athlone Stadium in the first game of the 2014 promotion-relegation play-offs.

The first half saw the Absa Premiership team with the upper hand as Milano struggled to find any fluency in their play or any penetration in attack.

The visiting team should have been on the score-sheet after just seven minutes when the ball fell to Vukile Mngqibisa inside the box, but from 12-yards out he slammed his shot into the woodwork.

Polokwane City continued to look the side more likely to score and came close with two efforts around the half hour mark as Milano keeper Westin van der Linde did well to palm away shots from Essau Kenyenda and then Sipho Jembula.

The hosts also survived a goalmouth scramble which saw Kenyenda nearly scoring before Thobani Mncwango had his tap-in of a goal ruled out for off-sides. There was a rare chance for the Cape team five minutes before the break after Brandon Theron located Richard in a fantastic central position 15-yards out from goal, but his shot struck a defender.

Milano began the second half with far more purpose with the Limpopo team doing well to get in a succession of blocks as Milano went for goal through Nazier Jacobs and Lesvin Stoffels. As the half progressed, the play shifted from end to end, with both sides having their moments in attack, although clear-cut chances were at a premium.

There was an opportunity seven minutes from time when the ball broke kindly for Stoffels, but he sent his shot from the right hand side of the box high and wide.

Polokwane nearly sealed all three points in added time, but again hit the woodwork, this time through Galabgwe Monyana’s free kick.