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Courageous Spurs fight back to deny Royal AM

Cape Town Spurs showed character as they fought back to hold Royal AM to a 1-1 draw at Parow Park Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The result saw the Urban Warriors climb up to the 13th spot on the standings – three points above the relegation zone.

The Urban Warriors started the match brightly and they were able to create goalscoring opportunities as they searched for the opening goal.

Mpho Kgaswane was found some space on the edge of the Royal AM’s box and he unleashed a shot that went just over the crossbar in the 20th minute

Elisio Batista da Conceição Junior delivered a quality cross, but Kgaswane and Abednigo Mosiatlhaga failed to connect with the ball.

The visitors then took the lead four minutes after the half-hour mark and Spurs coach Dylan Deane pulled out Mosiatlhaga and introduced Igor De Oliveira four minutes before half-time.

The Urban Warriors, who were trailing 1-0 at half-time, pushed for the equalizing goal after the restart with Deane having introduced teenage sensation Asenele Velebayi just after the hour-mark.

Chumani Butsaka was brought down in the box in the 68th minute, but the match referee ignored the incident and play continued.

Parity was finally restored in the 75th minute after some good work by Patrick Fisher, who delivered a cross which was headed home Thendo Mukumela to make it 1-1.

Royal AM were reduced to 10 players when their goalkeeper Patrick Nyame was sent off after he intentionally grabbed the ball outside of his box with five minutes left on the clock.

However, the visitors were able to contain Spurs in the closing stages and the encounter ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Spurs 1 (Mukumela 75′)

Spurs: Vyver, Stander, Fisher, Da Silva, Johannes, Mukumela, Butsaka, Mfecane, Da Canceicao, Kgaswane (Velebayi 65′), Mosiatlhaga (De Oliveira 41′).