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Golden Arrows 1-1 Highlands Park

Golden Arrows and Highlands Park had to settle for a share of the spoils after playing out to a 1-1 draw at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday.

Arrows grabbed the lead as early as the sixth minute through Lerato Lamola and held on to it for some time until Rodney Ramagalela's 64th-minute equaliser ensured the Lions of the North did not walk away empty-handed.

The draw means Highlands and Arrows stay in seventh and eighth place respectively on the Absa Premiership table as their battle for top-eight supremacy continues.

The match was barely five minutes old when Arrows took the lead through Lamola, who latched on to a cross from Divine Lunga before heading past Highlands keeper Marlon Heugh.

Despite the early setback, Highlands soon gained a foothold in the match and started applying some pressure at the other end, although Arrows keeper Sifiso Mlungwana made a few vital saves to keep his team in front.

Chances were hard to come by for either side as the first half progressed despite a lively pace to the match, as it finished 1-0 to Arrows at the break.

Highlands head coach Owen da Gama decided to bring on Ramagalela for Abdi Banda just before the hour-mark in a bid to force a breakthrough, and the decision paid off within minutes when the new arrival netted the equaliser after getting on the end of a cross for only his second goal of the season.

Komphela brought on Michael Gumede in the final 15 minutes to try and push for a winner, and the home side did have a chance to snatch all three points when Knox Mutizwa picked out Siyabonga Dube in the box late in the game, but the defender could not beat Heugh with his effort as it finished all square in Durban.