/ 2 March 2008

Arrows, Pirates play to tense draw

Locked together with 31 points each, Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows were equally inseparable in an evenly-matched, engrossing 0-0 Absa Premiership draw at Johannesburg Stadium on Saturday night.

Whoever said a goalless game cannot be entertaining could not have witnessed the clash between two teams who both look worthy of Top Eight finishes in the log.

A succession of near-misses by both teams kept an 8 000 crowd on tenterhooks throughout, with Senso Mayiwe in Pirates’ goal producing an instinctive save from Papi Zothwane in the 28th minute to keep Arrows at bay.

”We kept trying, trying, trying,” said Pirates coach Owen da Gama — and the same might have been said of Arrows.

If guilty of any defect, both Pirates and Arrows suffered from the chronic shortcoming of South African soccer in not finishing promising build-up movements.

And, in this respect, Pirates should have snatched a last-minute win when substitute Paulus Masehe shot wide from barely 5m. – Sapa