MATCH CENTRE

SAT 13 FEBRUARY 2016, 18:00, OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM

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VS
2

Arrows come from behind to beat City

by BackPageTXT

Sat February 13, 20:01

Golden Arrows claimed a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership on Saturday evening.

Rise and Shine claimed an early lead at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium through the in-form Thobani Mncwango, but Gladwin Shitolo equalised before half time and substitute Rodney Ramagalela scored the decisive goal for Abafana Bes’thende with less than a quarter hour to play.

Polokwane claimed the lead in just the seventh minute of the match. With Arrows pressing forward early on, a long ball out of the home side’s defence allowed Thobani Mncwango to race free of his marker and score with a well-placed volley past the right hand of goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva.

Mncwango almost made it 2-0 just past the half hour mark, showing great composure and movement in the box to control a low cross and move the ball beyond two defenders, but his low effort was well blocked by Mbaeva, who moved smartly off his line to close down the angle.

Arrows showed some promise in attack, but they had to wait until the 44th minute to restore parity. Siyabonga Dube provided a fine cross from the right flank to pick out the unmarked Gladwin Shitolo, who finished neatly with a glancing header to make it 1-1.

The Durban side should have claimed the lead on the hour mark, but Malawian debutant Frank Mhango was guilty of one of the misses of the season, somehow shooting wide from close range with the goal gaping following a great cross from Andile Fikizolo.

A quarter hour later Mhango missed another great chance, blazing the ball over from close range after a low cross from the left squeezed through the defence to see the striker faced with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Yet Abafana Bes’thende were soon rewarded for their persistence in attack. In the 78th minute Musa Bilankulu’s perfectly-weighted ball over the defender allowed substitute Rodney Ramagalela to place a low shot past George Chigova and put the visitors 2-1 up mere seconds after he had come off the bench.

Rise and Shine almost equalised in the 85th minute when Tsepo Tema got on the end of a corner kick and directed a header goalward, but Mbaeva made an excellent one-handed save to push the ball away to safety.

The result sees Arrows jump up to seventh place on the log on 24 points from 18 matches. Polokwane remain in 13th on 21 points from 19 matches.

Polokwane City (1) 1 (Mncwango 7’)

Golden Arrows (1) 2 (Shitolo 44’, Ramagalela 78’)

City: Chigova, Barends, Tshilo, Tema, Hlongwane, Langa (Tlolane 71’), Motumi (Mavundla 90’), Alexander, Jacobs, Mncwango, Nzimande (Jembula 58’)

Arrows: Mbaeva, Giuricich (Sikhakhane 57’), Zitha, Bilankulu, Fikizolo (Ramagalela 77’), Shitolo, S. Dube, N Cele, Hotto (Makudubela 70’), Mhango, Mahachi

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM
POLOKWANE CITY GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
31. Thobani Mncwango (7') 5. Gladwin Shitolo (44')
6. Rodney Ramagalela (78')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4 1
POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
35
Defender
44'
5
Defender
37'
4
Defender
28
Defender
90 + 2'
23
Defender
3
Midfielder
82'
17
Defender
14
Midfielder
90'
6
Midfielder
77'
41
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
70'
7
Midfielder
47'
24
Midfielder
50'
57'
0
Midfielder
71'
29
Midfielder
46
Forward/Striker
58'
14
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
7'
31
Forward/Striker
49
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sipho Jembula
Midfielder
58'
38
Thembela Sikhakhane
Defender
57'
28
Puleng Tlolane
Forward/Striker
71'
12
Mahlatsi Makudubela
Midfielder
70'
17
Themba Mavundla
Midfielder
90'
0
Rodney Ramagalela
Forward/Striker
77'
6
CARDS
Thapelo Tshilo
Defender
37'
4
Giulio Giuricich
Midfielder
50'
0
Simphiwe Hlongwane
Midfielder
47'
24
Cole Alexander
Midfielder
82'
17
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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