By Nomalungelo Phiri | 2020-02-27
Royal Leopard………… (0)1
SOCCER - LOG leaders Young Buffaloes were held to a 1-1 draw by their rivals Royal Leopard during an MTN Premier League security forces derby played at Somhlolo National Stadium last night.
The first half saw both sides battling to score in what was a physical and ill-tempered match.
Changes were few and far in the opening stages of the match which saw both teams resorting to foul play.
Young Buffaloes eventually upped their tempo in search for the opening goal as they would now and again visit the final third, only to be denied by the resolute Leopard defence marshalled by Muzi ‘Mzoro’ Dlamini. Former Mbabane Swallows striker Thabiso Mokenkoane almost scored the opening goal for Leopard ‘s in the 37th minute by only to miss the target by a whisker.
This was after a great interchange of passes but the police side.
Mokenkoane was at it four minutes later but this time around his shot was flicked over the bar for a fruitless corner.
Both teams huffed and puffed in search for a goal but they failed to find the back of the net despite the numerous chances they created.
The match eventually went to break with the teams locked at 0-0. It was a see-saw on resumption of play with both sets of players seemingly getting the better of each other with foul-play.
Young Buffaloes striker Phiwayinkosi Dlamini missed a glorious chance in the 55th minute as he failed to beat the keeper on a one-on-one situation.
The hour mark saw Leopard head coach Edwin Matsebula substituting Tshamwinga Pandemoya for Lungelo Tsabedze.
‘Buffs’ Lindo Mkhonta scored the opening goal in the 77th minute with a powerful shot from outside the box. Four minutes later, Mokenkoane levelled matters after benefitting from an initial Mlamuli Msibi rebound. The last minutes of the match saw the players involved in a fight that even saw the officials joining. The commotion took close to three minutes before the situation was calmed down. Soon after that, the referee blew his final whistle to end the match.
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