East-West derby ends in a stalemate
25 November 2016
An action-packed game at Athlone somehow failed to produce any goals as Mthatha Bucks and Santos played to a 0-0 NFD draw on Friday.
Fri 25 Nov, FT #NFD Result: Santos 0-0 Mthatha Bucks
4 minutes added as we throw everything at the Santos defence, 0-0.
86' - Some good pressure by Jonasi sees Santos concede a corner, Bucks though fail to capitalize on the resultant corner, 0-0.
81' - Final substitution Amathol'amnyama as crowd favourite Jonasi comes on in place of Ngebo, 0-0. #NFD
Dhladhla also makes his way onto thE park replacing Mokhele, 0-0. #NFD
75' - Injury enforced substitution as Njokweni comes off for Madikane, 0-0. #NFD
69' - Bucks stringing a few good passes on the edge of the Santos box, as the interplay finds Ngebo but his closed down, 0-0. #NFD
66' - end-to-end stuff down at the Athlone Stadium, Chapman with a chance as Mngoma's rebounds to Allie but his offside, 0-0. #NFD
63' - Chance Kangwa! Chileshe's left-footed effort from inside the box going agonisingly close, but it remains 0-0. #NFD
60' - Chance Santos as a dangerous ball whipped in by Rayners finds Chapman, he sends his effort over the bar, 0-0.
57' - Substitution Santos as Allie comes on in place of Jonkers, 0-0.
54' - Bucks the quickest out of the blocks as we go in search of the opener but the Santos defence stands firm for now, 0-0.
46' - 2nd half underway way as we look to capitalize on our chances created, Santos 0-0 Mthatha Bucks.
Fri 25 Nov, HT #NFD Score: Santos 0-0 Mthatha Bucks
Chance Njokweni! A loose ball falls kindly for Andile but puts his effort over the bar, 0-0.
2 minutes added as the score remains 0-0.
41' - Stop in play as Paulse and Fukutwa receives treatment for a clash of heads, 0-0.
38' - Njokweni goes down inside the box, but the Ref waves play-on 0-0.
28' - Chance Bucks! Fukutwa with a great break on the left as his cross finds Ngebo but his effort sails over the bar, 0-0.
24' - Bucks almost caught napping as Arendse takes a quick free kick but Rantabane comes to his teams rescue as he averts the danger, 0-0.
21' - some nervy moments at the back as Chapman shows some good skill to pass the Bucks defence, Sithole though does well to recover, 0-0.
13' - Mbhele breaks on the right combining well with Klaas but his cross fails to find Njokweni & Ngebo inside the Santos box, 0-0.
11' - Ngebo looks to get the Bucks attack underway as he breaks through the Santos defence but Paro does well to recover as it remains 0-0.
6' - The homeside dominating in the opening exchanges but Amathol'amnyama defence stands firm, 0-0.
1' -Ref gets proceedings underway Athlone Stadium, slight breeze but perfect conditions all as we square off against the Peoples Team.
Amathol'amnyama with a late change to the starting XI as Petrus Ngebo replaces Bafana Dlamini who has picked up an injury.
Mthatha Bucks XI vs Santos: Mngoma, Klaas, Lubisi, Rantabane, Sithole, Fukutwa, Dlamini, Mokhele, Mbhele, Kangwa, Njokweni.
Mthatha Bucks Subs vs Santos: Nkala, Mahlobo, Ngebo, Mereko, Jonasi, Dhladhla, Madikane.
Santos XI vs Mthatha Bucks: Visser, Bah, Jonkers, Sigwebela, Skippers, Arendse, Paulse, Sopio, Paro, Rayners, Chapman.
Santos Subs v Mthatha Bucks: Omaticus, Basson, Blignaut, Allie, Sambou, Yusif, Mofokeng.