BLACKBURN Rovers played to a goalless draw when they hosted Pretoria side United in a National First Division (NFD) clash at the Gelvandale Stadium on Saturday.
Rovers dominated the opening minutes of the game but were denied goals by United goalkeeper Xolani Ngcobo.
Rovers, who have not won a match at home this season, are in 10th position on the log with eight points from six games.
Rovers, the Eastern Cape’s only professional football team playing in the country’s second-highest soccer division, lost twice at home – to Chippa United and Maluti FET College – and salvaged a 1-1 draw against Thanda Royal Zulu. They have only won matches away from home.
United were unlucky not to score in the first half of the game when their striker, Boikanyo Komane’s shot flew narrowly over the crossbar.
The first half ended without a goal, despite many scoring opportunities created by both sides.
Rovers came back stronger in the second half and were more determined to score goals as they exerted pressure on the visitors by dominating ball possession.
Rovers midfielder Masixole Nkewane’s shot went wide after 52 minutes while Phelelani Gcaba was unfortunate not to register the first goal of the match after his long-range shot was saved by the United goalkeeper.
Rovers manager Luxolo Matikinca said he was happy with the result, even though he was hoping to obtain three points.
"A draw is better than losing but the game was balanced and the result was a true reflection of the game,” Matikinca said.
"It is still early to mention the future of the team’s home venue but the Eastern Cape is our province hence we will move our games across the province at any time.”
Matikinca said they would continue to play in Port Elizabeth because of the "warm support” they had received.