MATCH CENTRE

SUN 04 AUGUST 2019, 15:00, THOHOYANDOU STADIUM

0
VS
1

Polokwane edge Leopards in Limpopo Derby

by Staff Reporter

Sun August 04, 17:08

Polokwane City beat Black Leopards 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday afternoon.


Rise and Shine contained Lidoda Duvha in the early exchanges of the Limpopo Derby encounter.


Speedy attacker Thuso Phala, who joined Leopards as a free agent after leaving SuperSport United, was looking to use his pace to unlock the Polokwane defence.


However, the Polokwane backline which was led by experienced central defender Sibusiso Mbonani was solid and organized.


The visitors upped the tempo with the half-time break approaching and they managed to grab a goal on the stroke of half-time.


Mbonani was the man, who broke the deadlock to make it 1-0 to Polokwane – stunning the home crowd into silence.


The score was 1-0 to Polokwane during the half-time break.


The hosts pushed for the equalizing goal after the start with Tshwarelo Bereng working hard in midfield looking to create chances for Leopards.


Attacker Mogakolodi Ngele was introduced by new Leopards coach Lionel Soccoia in the 72nd minute as the hosts looked to restore parity.


Zlatko Krmpotic, the new Polokwane coach, responded by introducing midfielder Wiseman Maluleke as the visitors strengthened the midfield.


Leopards launched late attacks in the latter stages of the encounter in search of a late equalizing goal, but they could not beat George Chigova in the Polokwane goal-posts.


Polokwane stood firm at the back and ultimately, they emerged 1-0 winners over Leopards on the day.


Leopards (0) 0

Polokwane (1) 1 (Mbonani 44′)

Leopards: Mendes, Matlaba, Katjiukua, Masia, S Zulu, P.Zulu (Hlongwane 59′), Phala (Mhlongo 67′), Mokoena, Bereng (Ngele 72′), Kapinga, T.Ndlovu.


Polokwane: Chigova, Hlongwane, Mbonani, Motloung, Mvelase, Mngomezulu (Nku 80′), Manaka, J.Maluleke, Nene, Hlubi (W.Maluleke 87′), Mashumba.


MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH THOHOYANDOU STADIUM
BLACK LEOPARDS GOALS POLOKWANE CITY GOALS
22. Sibusiso Mbonani (44')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
BLACK LEOPARDS STARTING LINEUP POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
2
Defender
44'
22
Defender
59'
0
Midfielder
20
Defender
21
Midfielder
14
Defender
8
Midfielder
8
Defender
31
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
87'
17
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
67'
13
Midfielder
72'
23
Forward/Striker
12
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lefa Hlongwane
Midfielder
59'
17
Wiseman Maluleke
Midfielder
87'
0
Joseph Mhlongo
Forward/Striker
67'
30
Mogakolodi Ngele
Midfielder
72'
23
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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