MATCH CENTRE

TUE 27 SEPTEMBER 2016, 19:30, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

0
VS
1

Maritzburg go down against Polokwane

by BackPageTXT

Tue September 27, 21:26

Maritzburg United suffered their third loss of the Absa Premiership season after going down 1-0 to Polokwane City at the Harry Gwala stadium on Tuesday night.

Maritzburg struggled to find their rhythm early on and gifted possession to the opposition with some poor passing and bad decision making in the middle of the park.

Polokwane took advantage of the home side’s sloppy play and had a good few chances in front of goal, but their finishing was not great.

In the tenth minute Thobani Mncwango beat a couple of defenders before seeing his powerful shot from the edge of the box brilliantly saved by the Maritzburg keeper.

In the 18th minute some bad defence inside the home side’s box saw the ball fall to an unmarked Rodney Ramagalela, but the Polokwane attacker poked his shot wide from close range.

Seven minutes later Virgil Vries produced another great save to keep Maritzburg in the game, this time denying Puleng Tlolane from 24-yards out.

On the half hour mark Maritzburg finally created their first chance in front of goal when Kurt Lentjies played a superb through ball for Evans Rusike, but he shot wide with just the keeper to beat.

Neither side could find the back of the net before the half time whistle.

The same trend continued into the second half until Polokwane substitute Sipho Jembula found the back of the net in the 67th minute with his first touch – a powerfully driven long range shot which bounced off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal, 1-0.

After going behind Maritzburg took control of the game, but they struggled to break down a well-organised Polokwane defence.

The home side did come close to scoring in the 85th minute when a corner from Kurt Lentjies was headed just over the target by Mohau Mokate.

The win for Polokwane is their second in the league and sees them up to eight points while the loss is Maritzburg is their third of the season and sees them on four points.

Maritzburg United (0) 0
Polokwane City (0) 1 (Jembula 67’)

Teams

Maritzburg United: Vries, Mogapi (Mokate 73’), Onyango, Fransman, Moyo (Makaringe 46’), Weidlich, Lentjies, Nale (Sanoka 46’), Rusike, Mekoa, Van Wyk.

Polokwane City: Chigova, Semenya, Hlongwane, Tema, Mbonani, Seabi, Ramagalela, Manaka, Mncwango (Ndou 89’), Tlolane (Jembula 66’), Maluleke (Maponyane 92’).

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS POLOKWANE CITY GOALS
38. Sipho Jembula (67')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 3
MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
0
Defender
14'
22
Defender
46'
0
Defender
31'
2
Defender
2
Defender
23
Defender
73'
0
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
90 + 2'
8
Midfielder
16'
28
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
89'
24
Midfielder
12
Forward/Striker
66'
10
Forward/Striker
67'
19
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
89'
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
Fortune Makaringe
Midfielder
46'
0
Sipho Jembula
Midfielder
66'
38
Pogiso Sanoka
Defender
46'
32
Rendani Ndou
Forward/Striker
89'
19
Mohau Mokate
Midfielder
73'
22
Walter Maponyane
Defender
90 + 2'
5
CARDS
Deolin Mekoa
Midfielder
16'
28
Sibusiso Mbonani
Defender
14'
22
Evans Rusike
Forward/Striker
67'
19
Thabiso Semenya
Defender
31'
2
Pogiso Sanoka
Defender
69'
32
Simphiwe Hlongwane
Midfielder
89'
24
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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