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Highlands Park’s struggle continues with a draw

An early goal through Peter Shalulile was not enough for Highlands Park to claim their third Absa Premiership win when they drew 1-1 against Polokwane City at Makhulong Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Highlands Park and Polokwane City draw at Mahulong Stadium

The draw sees the hosts remaining placed at number 15 with 13 points on the log standings, while substitute Sipho Jembula pulled one back for the visitors.

As early as the second minute, the Lions of the North claimed a lead through Shalulile when he received a cross from the right flank unmarked in the box, only for the Namibian striker to use his body to guide the ball into George Chigova’s net.

In an aim to find an equaliser, the Citizens dominated the ball possession, but could not beat goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini towards the 20th minute.

As they piled on the pressure, Rodney Ramagalela came close to find the back of the net when he hit the woodwork in the 29th minute after beating defender Eddie Ngalo on the ball.

In the 32nd minute, Luc Eymael’s side received a set piece and Jabulani Maluleke struck it superbly, but Kapini was equal to the task to punch the ball away.

However, in the last two minutes of the opening half, Edwin Sitayitayi saw his attempt going inches wide when he made a good run into the box.

Despite the hosts starting the second half with high intensity, their efforts were thwarted by City’s defence as they probed for a second goal.

In the 70th minute, Tlou Segolela also tried his luck to beat Kapini from close range, but his idea to chip the keeper went over the crossbar.

In the last five minutes, Charlton Mashumba wasted a wonderful opportunity to make it 2-0 when he struck his attempt over the posts with only Chigova to beat.

Gordon Igesund’s defence finally cracked in injury time after Jembula combined with Ramagalela, where former unleashed a powerful shot into the left of the net, beating Kapini.

The draw for City means they sit at No 6 with 23 points from 17 league matches.

Highlands Park (1) 1 (Shalulile 2′)

Polokwane City (0) 1 (Jembula 90′)

Highlands Park FC: Kapini, Katjiukua, Nhlapo, Ngalo, Cale, Moriri (Koena 63′), Oluwafemi, Mashumba, Mvala, Shalulile (Theron 80′), Sitayitayi (S. Ledwaba 52′)

Polokwane City: Chigova, Semenya, Mbonani, Tema (Maponyane 43′), Maluleke, Segolela, Manaka (Kanyenda 76′), Klaas, Seabi, Ramagalela, Musona (Jembula 65′)

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