As the Motsepe Foundation Championship commenced this weekend, Cape Town Spurs came from a goal down to earn a point in a 1-1 draw against Pretoria Callies at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In the Atteridgeville heat, the game got off to a timid start as conditions clearly played a part in the players performance levels early on. Spurs made their intentions clear in building play from the back as Clayton Daniels and Rushwin Dortley looked to initiate play in the first five minutes.
The home side took the lead in the 15th minute however Spurs did not hold back in their attempts at getting a result from the encounter.
Spurs created a couple of goal scoring chances as the half came to a close, however, the home side remained solid at the back.
As the second 45 got underway, Spurs looked lively during opening exchanges of the second-half and threatened the Callies penalty area. Coach Shaun Bartlett’s charges looked dangerous in the wide areas and often looked to whip the ball into dangerous positions.
As the hour mark approached, the Urban Warriors showcased their intent on getting an equaliser and did so in the 62nd minute, as Ashley Cupido found the back of the net.
With around 10 minutes to go, Spurs created a number of chances and ended the half on a high. As the ball was played into the box, Therlo Moosa found himself in the right place at the right time, however, his effort went straight into the gloves of the goalkeeper.
After a late flurry of attacks by the Urban Warriors, the referee called time on the encounter, as Cupido came in clutch for his side by rescuing a point in the opening league fixture of the season.
Pretoria Callies: (1) 1 (Raphadu 15’)
Cape Town Spurs: (0) 1 (Cupido 62’)
Callies: Ncube, Motsetse, Balfour, Mogaswa, Nkwe, Dlala, Dubula, Moloi, Raphadu, Mbonge, Noge
Spurs: Vyver, Daniels, Dortley, Mfecane, Bern, Ngobe, Moroole, Abrahams, Wagaba, Mpame, Moosa