TS Galaxy stretched their winless run in the National First Division (NFD) to four matches after playing out a 1 – 1 draw with Ubuntu Cape Town at a packed Kameelrivier Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The first half of the encounter produced few clear – cut scoring chances with Galaxy struggling to find their rhythm in the early stages of the match, which Ubuntu used to their advantage by making it difficult at times for the hosts to exit their own half.
The Rockets looked more threatening towards the end of the first half, with the attacking duo of Zairon Abrahams and Julius Likontsane fluffing several scoring chances in succession.
The hosts could have gone into the half time break at least leading by a goal to nil if it wasn’t for their lack of composure in the final third.
In one of their best chances in the first half Likontsane had a chance to tap home a rebound to open the scoring in the 40th minute, after Sizwe Mdlinzo’s low strike from the edge of the box rebounded off the upright.
The Rockets thought they had finally found the opening goal in the 53rd minute when Likontsane finished off Abrahams’ brilliant pass.
The striker ran to the corner to celebrate but his joy was short lived when the referee’s assistant ruled the goal out for offside, much to the annoyance of Galaxy fans who were already in a jubilant mood.
Despite the home side’s dominance in the second half it was the visitors who eventually managed to break the deadlock in the 77th minute through Waseen Isaacs, who headed home Asanda Dyani’s cross.
Ubuntu’s lead didn’t last long though, with Sakhele Nhlabathi pouncing on a loose ball following a goalmouth scramble to level the score seven minutes later.
While none of the two sides walked away with maximum points, the result has more significance for Ubuntu who came into this encounter without a point to their name after losing in their three previous games, while it was a disappointment for the hosts who have now shared the spoils for a third time in front of their home crowd.