The two sides shared a point apiece in mid week match, which left Highlanders second place trailing with two points behind leaders Monomotapa, who have amassed 28 points from nine wins and a draws form 14 league matches.
Shooting Stars maintained their position seven, five points behind their opponents at Rufaro.
BossoÃŠÂ¼s breathtaking striker, Cuthbert Malajila whose contract with the Bulawayo side was renewed recently, met his match in Stars defender, Daniel Vheremu, who jealously guided his sideÃŠÂ¼s nets, denying Malajila a chance to utilize his opportunities.
It was a bad day for Stars who could have collected the all important three points, had it not been of poor judgment from referee, Zindove, in the 13th minute.
Thembani Masuku fired a blaze, which hit the inside supporting bar of the goal post and quickly bouncing back into play, in a flash.
Carry on, said the referee, much to the disillusionment of the small crowd at Rufaro stadium.
Highlanders however failed to take advantage of the misjudgment to score their first, five minutes later, when an unmarked Malajila headed Marshal MachanziÃŠÂ¼s pass into the hands of Stars goalkeeper, Pedzisai Gumirenhete.
Another volley by Malajila in the 45th minute could have left Gumirenhete blaming himself had the Bosso strikerÃŠÂ¼s efforts hit the back of the nets, after he watched the ball hitting the cross bar before bouncing back into play.
Pride Tafirenyika was outstanding the whole of the afternoon creating an electric combination with Esau Amisi and Elliot Matsika upfront but Highlanders defender, captain Gilbert Banda kept jeopardizing the trioÃŠÂ¼s efforts.
Meanwhile, the Bulawayo giants will clash with the reigning league champions, Dynamos, in a potentially explosive encounter of the 2008 premiership match to be played at Barbourfields, on July 13.Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News