MATCH CENTRE

WED 11 MAY 2016, 19:30, OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM

2
VS
2

AmaTuks on the edge of relegation

by BackPageTXT

Wed May 11, 21:51

University of Pretoria are now the clear favourites to suffer direct relegation from the Absa Premiership after their 2-2 draw away to Polokwane City saw them drop to the bottom of the log on Wednesday evening.

Polokwane opened the scoring as early as the eighth minute, with Sipho Jembula’s shot from just outside the penalty area deflecting off a Tuks defender and completely wrong-footing goalkeeper Tristyn Coetsee on its way to the back of the net.

Yet the University side did not allow that early setback to get them down and they equalised in the 18th minute, with Khetu Zwane firing home a superb left-footed shot from a tight angle that went in via the underside of the crossbar.

The remainder of the first half – and much of the second half – was a scrappy affair, with both teams struggling to produce quality football. However, in the 70th minute, AmaTuks showed some class to claim the lead for the first time, with Vuyisile Ntombayithethi providing a towering header from a corner kick to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

Yet just as their attack clicked into place, Tuks’ defence went AWOL just four minutes later, allowing a simple cross from the right to fall at the feet of the dangerous Thobani Mncwango, who fired home his 12th league goal of the season to make it 2-2.

Tuks pushed hard in what remained of the match to find a winner, but their efforts were in vain. The Tshwane side will need a win at home to Golden Arrows in their final match on May 21 if they are to have any hopes of avoiding the drop.

Polokwane City (1) 2 (Jembula 8’, Mncwango 74’)
University of Pretoria (1) 2 (Zwane 18’, Ntombayithethi 70’)

Polokwane: Chigova, Phungwayo, Tshilo, Seabi, Ngobe (Ndou 80’), Hlongwane, Mbonani, Manaka, Jembula, Mncwango, Kanyenda

U Pretoria: Coetsee, Jaure (Ngubane 74’), Mwedihanga, Mthethwa, Sibande, Ntombayithethi, Zwane, Mnyamane (Mfulwane 87’), Maruping, Bacela, Nyondo (Nkoana 69’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM
POLOKWANE CITY GOALS UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA GOALS
31. Thobani Mncwango (74') 28. Khethukuhle Zwane (18')
38. Sipho Jembula (8') 8. Vuyisile Ntombayithethi (70')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
26
Defender
22
Defender
3
Defender
4
Defender
45 + 1'
74'
15
Midfielder
34'
14
2
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
18'
28
Midfielder
80'
12
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
70'
8
Midfielder
8'
38
Forward/Striker
69'
17
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
14
Forward/Striker
74'
31
Forward/Striker
87'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Rendani Ndou
Forward/Striker
80'
19
Thabiso Nkoana
Forward/Striker
69'
18
Siyabonga Ngubane
Defender
74'
14
Botshelo Mfulwane
Forward/Striker
87'
21
CARDS
Edgar Manaka
Midfielder
34'
14
Partson Juare
Defender
45 + 1'
15
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
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