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Free State, Limpopo in thrilling stalemate

Free State, Limpopo in thrilling stalemate
Kelatso Makgalwa of Limpopo challenged by Thabiso George Tsolo of Free State during the match between Free State (B) and Limpopo (P) at the SAB U21 National Championships being held at the North West University Stadium on the 14 July 2014

by Staff Reporter

Monday Jul 14, 2014. 13:53

Limpopo fought back from two goals down to secure a valuable point in a 2-2 draw with the Free State in a highly entertaining encounter in Day 2 of the the 2014 SAB Under-21 National Championship at the North West University Sports Grounds in Mafikeng on Monday.

The Free State raced into a two goal lead through Dylan O'Brein and man-of-the-match Mbuyiselo Thethani, but were punished by a second-half brace from the diminutive Dawny Makgatho.

After losing their opening games to KwaZulu- Natal and the North West respectively, both teams were eager to grab all three points.

Limpopo did all the early running, but it was the Free State who grabbed an early lead through O'Brein in the 22nd minute. Poor defending let the Free State striker in with a sight of goal, he duly finished with aplomb on the half-volley.

Thethani doubled Free State's lead on the half-hour mark, his sweetly struck effort from the edge of the area left the opposition keeper with no chance.

Free State were the better team in the opening stanza and were deserved 2-0 leaders at the break.

Limpopo came out guns blazing after the interval and were rewarded three minutes into the half.

A free-kick from the right flank found an unmarked Makgatho who made no mistake, firing in at the back post.

The game ebbed and flowed in the second with both teams guilty of squandering clear-cut chances.

One such player was Free State winger Tshepo Mokhabi was culpable of missing a one-on-one chance with the keeper moments before Limpopo pulled level in the 70th minute.

A long ball forward found Makgatho who produced a cool finish to level matters at 2-2.

Both keepers produced top class saves in the final 10 minutes as the game eventually ended all square.