MATCH CENTRE

SUN 20 JANUARY 2019, 15:30, NEW PETER MOKABA STADIUM

3
VS
3

Polokwane hold league leaders in 3-3 humdinger

by Staff Reporter

Sun January 20, 18:53

Absa Premiership log leaders Bidvest Wits were held to a 3-3 draw by Polokwane City at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday afternoon.

The Clever Boys rallied to take the lead in the Limpopo province only for Jabulani Maluleke to fire home a stunning free-kick as the two teams ultimately shared the spoils.

The result leaves Rise and Shine in sixth place on the log standings, seven points behind Wits who continue to lead the way in South Africa's top tier.

Goals from Bongile Booi and Sammy Seabi - both from a Jabualni Maluleke set-pieces - handed the hosts a 2-0 lead before the half-hour mark in Polokwane.

The visitors, though, proved their mettle as a quick-fire brace from Gift Motupa pulled the two teams level before the break.

The attackers first whistled past George Chigove in the 34th minute with his second, three minutes later, coming from close range as he nodded home a corner-kick.

Thulani Hlatshwayo fired Bidvest Wits ahead for the first time in the match on the hour mark, but Polokwane were not ready to throw the towel in and duly levelled matters once more in the 79th minute.

Maluleke proving his class as he fired home an unstoppable free-kick - as he did in the reverse fixture - leaving Darren Keet with no chance.

Both teams pushed forward in search of the winner in the closing stages, but neither could find the back of the net for a fourth time as they ultimately shared the spoils.

Polokwane City (2) 3 (Booi 23' Seabi 28' J.Maluleke 79')

Bidvest Wits (2) 3 (Motupa 34' 37' Hlatshwayo 60')

Polokwane City: Chigova; Hlongwane (Tlolane 76'), Nkili, Mbonani, Kalanke, J.Maluleke, Seabi, Phiri, W.Musona, Booi (Mashumba 64'), Anas (Mpambaniso 90').

Bidvest Wits: Keet; Hlanti, Nonyane, Hlatshwayo, Mere, Hotto (Mhango 90+2'), Monare (Domingo 87'), Alexander, Pelembe, Motupa (Claasen 80'), Majoro.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH NEW PETER MOKABA STADIUM
POLOKWANE CITY GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
Bongile Booi (23') 24. Gift Motupa (34')
21. Sammy Seabi (28') 24. Gift Motupa (37')
8. Jabulani Maluleke (79') 3. Thulani Hlatshwayo (60')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
81'
1
Defender
22
Goalkeeper
16
Midfielder
25
Defender
13
Midfielder
23'
0
Defender
60'
3
Midfielder
79'
8
Defender
2
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
28'
21
Midfielder
90 + 2'
11
Midfielder
76'
24
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
34'
37'
80'
24
Forward/Striker
90'
3
Midfielder
87'
8
Forward/Striker
29
Forward/Striker
62'
45
SUBSTITUTIONS
Puleng Tlolane
Forward/Striker
76'
10
Daylon Claasen
Midfielder
80'
27
Monde Mpambaniso
Midfielder
90'
0
Haashim Domingo
Forward/Striker
87'
21
Frank Mhango
Forward/Striker
90 + 2'
17
CARDS
George Chigova
Goalkeeper
81'
1
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
62'
45
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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