Gallants and Sekhukhune draw in final encounter

Marumo Gallants and Sekhukhune United played to an eventual 2-2 draw in their final DStv Premiership match at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In what was the first talking point of the match, striker Prince Nxumalo found himself in the referees bad books as early as the 6th minute, after he was shown a yellow card.

The hosts pressed on in the opening stages of the encounter, earning themselves a free-kick in the 9th minute. Placed in a dangerous position, Gallants were unable to make the most of the opportunity. Also, the Sekhukhune goalkeeper denied Gallants another goal scoring opportunity just moments later.

After a feisty opening quarter of the match, both Gallants and Sekhukhune found themselves engaging in a much calmer approach with the 20th minute on the horizon.

The home side kicked on after the half-hour mark and proved to be tricky customers in possession, penning Sekhukhune back in their own half as the first 45 came to a conclusion.

Sekhukhune got off to a flyer in the second-half and broke the deadlock in the 46th minute courtesy of Chibuike Ohizu’s effort, as the club’s top scorer took his league tally to eight for the campaign.

The home side replied eight minutes later after they were awarded a free-kick in a promising position, as attacker Sibusiso Sibeko found the back of the net.

In a dramatic turn of events, Gallants were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark and subsequently took the lead thanks to Ndabayithethewa Ndlondlo, who converted from the spot.

With wind their sails, Gallants continued to dominate on the ball, playing inside the Sekhukhune half for most of the encounter after taking the lead.

With five minutes left on the clock, BabinaNoko fought back and equalised thanks to Nyiko Mobbie who joined the game’s goalscorer’s list.

Mobbie’s effort was the final bit of action in the tie as Gallants and Sekhukhune ended their campaign with a 2-2 stalemate.

Marumo Gallants: (0) 2

Sekhukhune United: (0) 2

Marumo Gallants:Arubi (Ndlovu 75’), Khiba, Gumede (Mphambaniso 75’), Nonyane, Ravhulali, Malongoane, Timm, Ngema (Nkili 75’), Otladisa, Ndlondlo, Sibeko (Dion 75’)

Sekhukhune United:Nsabata, Kabwe, Gyimah, Mobbie, Mahlangu, Madonsela (Rusk 67’), Maart, Katsande (Ledwaba 83’), Parusnath (Ohizu 46’), Shai (Leepile 67’) , Nxumalo (Mncube 46’)