City and Sekhukhune in goalless draw

Cape Town City and Sekhukhune United played to a frustrating 0-0 draw in the DStv Premiership on Tuesday night at a chilly Athlone Stadium in the Mother City.

As the game kicked off, Sekhukhune immediately applied pressure in the home side’s half. As the feeling out process continued in the first 10 minutes, the Citizens slowly began seeing more of the ball.

With the 15th minute mark approaching, City and Sekhukhune showcased their physicality as the foul statistics began adding up. Having a slight edge in the game, City looked sharper as the clock ticked on.

Babina Noko found space down the right hand side of the Cape Town City defence as the game reached the half-hour phase, with Siyabulela Shai’s movement causing trouble in the final third. However, the visitors failed to make the most of their chances at the time.

Taahir Goedeman was awarded with one of the best chances of the half with 30 minutes on the clock, as Darren Keet found the attacker with a lofted ball into the Sekhukhune area. In an one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper, Goedeman hit the upright and missed a golden opportunity for his side.

As the half came to a close, City continued to build play from the back with the hope of carving out goal-scoring opportunities going forward. However, Babina Noko looked to have gathered themselves after a near-goal scare and managed to deal with the City attacks.

The home side ended the half on a high after a prolonged period of playing on the edge of the Sekhukhune area, however, it was not to be as the two sides went into the break with no goals on the scoreboard.

Much like the beginning of the first half, Sehukhune got off to a flyer in the second 45, creating a couple of goal-scoring opportunities in the process.

As the hour mark arrived, Babina Noko bossed the possession count and penned the home side in their own half on a number of occasions, as they made their attacking intent known.

The game entered a tacky period ahead of the 80th minute mark, as City and Sekhukhune struggled to trouble each other’s penalty boxes. As far as the statistics were concerned, the travelling outfit had more attempts at goal, while City had no shots on target.

It was a case of tired legs as the game came to a close, with a number of mistakes being made all around the pitch. The assistant referee indicated that three minutes were added on after regulation time as the home team pressed on in search of an opener.

The referee called time on proceedings at the Athlone stadium as City and Babina Noko were forced to share the spoils.

Cape Town City: (0) 0
Sekhukhune United: (0) 0

City: Keet, Mkhize (Martin 75’), Fasika, Fielies, Mashego (van Heerden 74’), Mokeke (Nodada 74’), Goedeman (Kajally 54’), Ambina, Mayo, Darwn, Lekay (Mdantsane 54’)

Sekhukhune: Sangare, Mobbie, Cardoso, Gymah, Ntiya-Ntiya, Seabi (Motsepe 65’), Mokwana (Mncube 62'), Mntambo, Mabasa (Morris 80’), Shai (Leepile 80’), Letsoalo.