Golden Arrows 0-0 Orlando Pirates: Abafana Bes'thende hold lacklustre Bucs
Fortune Makaringe of Orlando Pirates challenged by Nduduzo Sibiya of Golden Arrows, August 2019
The Buccaneers missed an opportunity to leapfrog second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns on the league standings following Saturday's draw

Lamontville Golden Arrows held Orlando Pirates to a 0-0 draw in Saturday's PSL fixture.

The Buccaneers were looking to bounce back to winning ways after their six-match winning streak come to an end in last weekend's Soweto derby defeat by Kaizer Chiefs.

Abel Mabaso and Paseka Mako both made their return to the starting line-up as Josef Zinnbauer made two changes to the team which started last weekend.

On the other hand, Abafana Bes'thende were hoping to extend their unbeaten run to four matches having drawn with Highlands Park in their previous game.

Pirates loanee Gladwin Shitolo started against his parent club, while in-form marksman Knox Mutizwa led the attack for Steve Komphela's side.

Abafana Bes'thende pushed for an early goal which could have unsettled the Bucs defence, marshalled by long-serving defender Happy Jele.

The hosts could only try their luck from range as Pirates looked solid and compact, with Lerato Lamola and Mutizwa firing over the crossbar from distance.

Pirates took control of the match towards the half-hour mark, with Fortune Makaringe dictating terms from the middle of the park. However, Sifiso Mlungwana was in good form in the Arrows goal, as he produced two fines saves to deny Vincent Pule and Luvuyo Memela.

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Abafana Bes'thende continued to frustrate the visitors, but Komphela's men looked dangerous every time they launched a counter-attack.

Jele had to come to Pirates' rescue when he blocked Mutizwa's goal-bound effort after the Arrows hitman was sent through on goal.

The Buccaneers struggled to create chances with the hosts defending too deep with the current PSL top goalscorer Frank Mhango left isolated without any supply.

Mhango, who was ineffective on the night, was replaced by Tshegofatso Mabaso as Zinnbauer's side pushed for a late winning goal.

However, the hosts stood firm at the back and ultimately secured the point.

Despite the draw, Arrows climb up to the seventh on the league standings, while Pirates remained third on the log - nine points behind the leaders Kaizer Chiefs.