Orlando Pirates failed to use an advantage of an extra man, as Platinum Stars held them to a 1-1 draw at the Orlando Stadium on a raining Saturday afternoon.
The visitors were reduced to one man down in the 75th minute when skipper Vuyo Mere got a red card for a second bookable offense, but Stars managed to hold on to walk away with a draw.
Goals from Issar Sarr in the first half and Ndumiso Mabena were enough to see both sides picking up just one point in their first league game of the year.
Dikwena started of as a better side to that of Pirates, enjoying much possession and exchanging passes going forward.
But, it was Bucs who were the first on the break as early as the first 10 minutes of the game when Mpho Makola broke through the middle on a counter, setting up captain Thabo Matlaba, but he’s shot went wide.
The home team opened the scoring with just a 5 minutes to half-time, when Kermit Erasmus found Sarr unmarked inside the box, and the Senegal international made no mistake beating Stars keeper Mbongeni Mzimela on the top right of the poles.
The Buccaneers kept on pressing, and could have easily got the second goal of the match, but Thamsanqa Gabuza failed to control the ball inside box.
The match went into half-time with Eric Tinkler’s team on the lead.
It took only four minutes in the second half for the visitors to equalise. Tintswalo Tshabalala’s set piece on the right side found Mabena inside the box, and the striker headed home in the near post to make it 1-1.
The match started to intensify as both teams went hard on each in search for a second goal.
Pirates got a chance to be on the lead for the second time in the game, after Matlaba was brought down just on the edge of the box and the referee gave a free-kick.
Thandani Ntshumayelo stood up to take it, but the midfielder wasted the chance as his shot went straight into the Stars wall.
Cavin Johnson’s men started sleeping, and Pirates put more pressure on them.
With Stars a man down, the Buccaneers kept on pushing forward, but their attack were fruitless as the game ended with both sides sharing the spoils.