Glendene United were held to a 1-1 draw by a gutsy Steenberg United in front of a packed Idas Valley Sports ground on Friday night
The action started before the match as the ever eccentric coach Mike Lumbukeni had a banter session with his opponents. The match was played at a high tempo with both teams having a serious go at each other.
The hard running Tsepo Moletsane and Jerry Mxabo were the main threats going forward for Steenberg, with captain Marawaan “Mara why” Bantam involved in a fierce midfield battle. Meanwhile, the rock solid Andile Ntluko, enterprising midfielder Aphiwe Mhlongo and the pint sized Moses Ficks were key for Glendene when trying to thwart opposition forages.
For the better part of the first half, it was the reflexes of goalkeeper Gershin Kock that kept Bradley August’s charges in the game, and ensured that the teams went into the half time break locked in a stalemate.
End-to-end action was the order of the second stanza, with crunching tackles all over the show. Steenberg came close to opening the scores in the 80th minute, but Tsepo Moletsane’s effort was cleared off the line by an alert Andile Ntluko.
With the match seemingly headed for a stalemate, Glendene substitute Taonga Dondo beat the offside trap in the 87th minute and coolly slotted home the opener, sending the Glendene faithful into raptures of frenzy.
Not to be undone in a match they did not deserve to lose, Steenberg were quick to reply two minutes later through Moses Mustapha, after the oppositions defense were caught in sixes and sevens.
The fixture certainly lived up to its top billing, pomp and fanfare, and was well handled by young referee Joshua Jansen Van Rensburg. The parity in result was the fairest both teams could ask for, although one would argue that Steenberg deserved to pick up maximum spoils.