Leopards, Highlands park hold out for 0-0 draw

Ten-man Black Leopards held out for a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership match at home to Highlands Park at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The result sees Lidoda Duvha rise to 13th place on the log, while the Lions of the North remain in ninth.

Highlands started very strongly and forced King Ndlovu into a notable save within the opening seconds of the match. The visitors went on to create further opportunities in the first few minutes, though they were unable to capitalise on their early dominance.

Leopards weathered the early storm and then began to boss the game on hole soil. Winger Lifa Hlongwane forced goalkeeper Marlon Heugh into a good, low save in the 12th minute, while later in the half he curled a long-range beyond the reach of the gloves-man, but saw the ball rebound off the upright.

Lidoda Duvha continued to look the better team through the remainder of the first half, but by the interval the score remained locked at 0-0.

Early in the second half Leopards continued their pressure in attack and Hlongwane was denied by the woodwork for a second time, striking the base of Heugh’s right-hand post after opening space for a shot just inside the box.

The momentum seemed to be with the home side, but they were reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark when midfielder Khuliso Mudau (who had just returned from a suspension) picked up a second yellow card for a dive and was sent for an early shower.

Highlands nearly took immediate advantage when Peter Shalulile’s low shot deflected off his teammate Mokete Mogaila and wrong footed King Ndlovu, but the ‘keeper recovered well. Ndlovu made another key save in the 68th minute when Mogaila broke free of the defence but was unable to beat the goal-minder one-one-one.

Leopards created some promising attacking moments despite their numerical disadvantage, while Highlands were unable to make the most of having a man extra, especially in the dying minutes of the match.

Black Leopards 0

Highlands Park 0