TS Galaxy played out a 1 – 1 draw against University of Pretoria in a National First Division (NFD) match at Kameelrivier Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors threatened first seven minutes into the opening half with an aggressive attack involving an exchange of passes between Mame Niang and Lugiani Gallardo, whose attempt to take a shot from close range was blocked by Thabo Makhele.
As is always the case when Galaxy play at home they dominated possession, however scoring remained a challenge, as they struggled to break down a stubborn Tuks defense.
The encounter was stopped for ten minutes to give the medical staff a chance to attend to Galaxy goalkeeper Ludwe Mpakumpaku who collided with Phelelani Shozi in the 20th minute. Mpakumpaku got back on his feet and continued playing after receiving medical attention.
Tuks eventually got on the score sheet first in the 42nd minute through Niang who headed home Gallardo’s corner kick to break the deadlock.
The visitor’s excitement was short lived though as Stanley Makgoka converted from the penalty spot seven minutes later to level the score after Gallardo was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.
Following his earlier injury Mpakumpaku could not continue playing, as he made way for Masizakhe Myataza in a forced substitution just before the half time break.
Galaxy continued attacking and created enough scoring chances to win the match in the second half, but it just wasn’t to be as none of the chances found the back of the net.
In one of the countless chances that should have resulted in goals, a brilliant pass from Sihle Nduli in the 75th minute found Lucky Setele whose shot from close range went across the goalmouth and wide to the right.
Galaxy continued piling pressure in search of a second goal, however Tuks remained resolute until the final whistle to take a point home.
The Rockets retain the 11th spot on the NFD standings with 13 points from 11 games, while Tuks have moved from sixth to fourth position with 17 points from the same number of games.