Masvingo United . . . . . . . . . 0
Zimbabwe Saints . . . . . . . . . 0
Hosts Masvingo United were held to nil-all draw after blowing away several chances in a dull Castle Lager Premiership match played at Mucheke Stadium on Sunday.
With the upper hand in the first half, Yuna Yuna could have taken the lead after just 10 minutes into the game when the rivals’ Nkosilathi Dube was involved in a blundering backpass intercepted by Welcome Ndiweni who beat the keeper Munyaradzi Diya, but hit the side net.
Two minutes later, Saints’ Chipo Tsodzo was on target, but his effort was ruled offside.
Masvingo kept on piling pressure and in the 25th minute, Ronald Makiwa’s grounder which had caught Diya offguard was blocked on the line by the hard-working Tsodzo.
Desperate for a win before a few supporters who resisted the Zvishavane Derby and turned up for the game, Masvingo’s Pevington Zimunya took a free-kick from the right flank five minutes later, but hit the cross bar.
Makiwa’s second attempt at goal in the 34th minute was also cleared on the line by Dube. Makiwa had taken a rebound from Zimunya’s shot which had been punched back into play by the goalkeeper.
However, the visitors came back supercharged in the second half, but their efforts were blocked by Masvingo goalie Francis Tizayi, whose saves proved decisive.
Saints’ Mlamuli Phakathi was first to strike on target in the 55th minute, but his shot was blocked by Tizayi. Gift Phiri’s glaring miss in the 16-yard box also denied the visitors a win in the 63rd minute.
Saints’ Ngoni Murisa could have given the visitors a last- minute win after his shot hit the crossbar in the 88th minute after connecting a cross from Evans Rusike.