Baroka Secure Absa Premiership Status
PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-Off Report: Black Leopards v Baroka 17 June 2017
PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-Off
Result: Black Leopards 1-1 Baroka
Date: 17 June 2017
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium
Baroka FC will be playing in the Absa Premiership again next season, after they topped the play-off standings with a 1-1 draw against Black Leopards.
There was good tempo to the opening 10 minutes, and Leopards nearly went ahead after five minutes but Mwape Musonda's curling effort was tipped over the crossbar by Tshinuna Avhashoni.
Baroka, meanwhile, saw a bit of the possession as the first half continued, but they were finding it tough to break down the Leopards defence.
However, the visitors eventually broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Victor Letsoalo fired home from close range, after Rotshidzwa Muleka could only parry Richard Matloga's strike.
Muleka then came to Leopards' rescue five minutes later, as he produced a superb reflex save to deny Jose Garcia from six-yards out.
The score remained 1-0 to Kgokolo Thobejane's charges as the sides entered the halftime break.
Baroka started the second half on a bad note, as Letsoalo was given his marching orders for picking up a second yellow card a minute after the restart.
Leopards were then dealt a blow in the 57th minute when Musonda was forced off with an injury. He was replaced by Sphelele Mkhulise.
The hosts pushed for an equaliser and they were awarded a penalty in the 64th minute when Lebogang Mabotja was brought down. Siphelele Ntshangase stepped up and converted the spot-kick, 1-1.
Leopards continued to push for more goals as they introduced Morgan Shivambu for Thivhavhudzi Ndou after 76 minutes.
However, Baroka managed to see off any late charge from the home side to claim the point, which sees them finish top of the standings.
Here's how they lined up:
Leopards: Muleka, Munyai, Mabotja, Munganga, Ndou, Abubakar, Nange, Maphangule, Musonda, Ntshangase, Zimu.
Baroka: Avhashoni, Kgoetyane, Mahashe, Shaku, Masenamela, Matloga, Madubanya, Mdantshane, Kgaswanem Garcia, Letsoalo.