MATCH CENTRE

TUE 25 APRIL 2017, 19:30, OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM

3
VS
1

Rise and Shine shoot down Arrows

by Graeme Jackson

Tue April 25, 21:31

Polokwane City boosted their hopes of a top eight finish in the Absa Premiership with a 3-1 win over Golden Arrows at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

Polokwane claimed the lead as early as the second minute, with Jabulani Maluleke scoring direct from a free kick on the edge of the box. The set piece was awarded after a foul from Danny Phiri.

Arrows reacted well to going behind and put together several promising attacking moves before they were rewarded with a penalty: Lerato Lamola was upended in the box to bring about a spot kick.

Abafana Bes’thende skipper Musa Bilankulu took on the responsibility of the spot kick and made no mistake, beating George Chigova to make it 1-1 in the 14th minute.

The teams were evenly matched through the rest of the first half, but just a minute before the break Rise and Shine reclaimed the lead at 2-1 when Maluleke scored his brace, firing home after a mistake from Nkanyiso Mngwengwe in the box.

Seven minutes into the second half City made it 3-1 when Vusimuzi Mngomezulu took advantage of some sub-par defending to put the ball beyond the reach of Nkosingiphile Gumede.

Arrows looked to fight back as soon as they could manage, with Danny Phiri shooting just wide, while on the hour mark they boosted their attack with the introductions of Knox Mutizwa and Andile Fikizolo.

The Durban side created plenty of chances and really should have challenged their hosts for all three points, but a combination of poor execution in the final third and some good goalkeeping from Chigova ensured the hosts claimed the victory.

Polokwane City (3) 3 (Maluleke 2’ 44’, Mngomezulu 52’)
Golden Arrows (1) 1 (Bilankulu 14’ pen)

Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Hlongwane, Tema, Mbonani, Phiri, Seabi, Ramagalela, Musona (Jembula 77’), Maluleke, Mngomezulu (Ndou 82’)

Arrows: Gumede, R. Dlamini, Mngwengwe, Mzava, S. Dube (Msowoya 74’), Bilankulu, Dikgacoi (Mutizwa 60’), Sibeko, Phiri, Mahachi, Lamola (Fikizolo 60’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM
POLOKWANE CITY GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
8. Jabulani Maluleke (2') 28. Musa Bilankulu (14')
8. Jabulani Maluleke (44')
Vusimuzi Tebogo Mngomezulu (52')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
32
Defender
22
Defender
5
Defender
2
Defender
14'
28
Defender
23
21
Midfielder
2'
44'
8
Defender
74'
14
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
60'
22
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
46
Midfielder
52'
82'
0
Midfielder
35
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
60'
41
Forward/Striker
77'
29
Forward/Striker
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sipho Jembula
Midfielder
77'
38
Knox Mutizwa
Forward/Striker
60'
19
Rendani Ndou
Forward/Striker
82'
19
Andile Fikizolo
Midfielder
60'
7
Chiukepo Msowoya
Forward/Striker
74'
45
CARDS
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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