Polokwane - Although Moroka Swallows thought they were going to come
back with a point from Limpopo, a late goal by Rendani Ndou handed hosts
Polokwane City their first three pointer in 2015 when they defeated the Birds
2-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
It was also Rise and
Shine’s first win over the Birds from four attempts.
The hosts didn’t waste time in settling in the game and they
created a great chance as early as the fourth minute when defender Joseph
Musonda delivered a telling cross in search of Esau Kanyenda, but his header
went over the bar with goalkeeper Greg Etafia beaten.
Papic started with the Malawian instead of Puleng Tlolane
and his move paid dividends as Kanyenda headed Tshepo Molala’s cross from the
right into Etafia’s net only 11 minutes into the game.
Three minutes later, the Dube Birds probed for an equaliser
but Rise and Shine were stable at the back as Felix Obada picked up Lerato
Chabangu, who took a shot but Modiri Marumo parried his effort to safety.
The first stanza did not produce many clear cut chances as
the game was dominated by fouls, however, Cole Alexander took a beautiful shot
in the 29th minute but it went wide to the right, not troubling Etafia’s goals.
The Citizens went to the tunnel enjoying the lead but it was
Madida’s men who came back with a bang, probing for an equaliser when Lefa
Tsutsulupa’s effort was blocked by defender Vusi Mthimkhulu.
In the 55th minute Vuyisile Wana was flagged offside to the
amazement of the supporters as he looked onside, nevertheless, four minutes
later, Molala’s attempt from outside the box sailed wide to the right of
Etafia’s goal against the run of play.
Hard work by the Dube Birds was finally rewarded in the 70th
minute when Obada managed to beat an offside trap with his pace - he beat
Marumo and slotted the ball into an empty net to equalise.
With less than 10 minutes to go, substitute Luyolo
Nomandela’s well taken shot missed Marumo’s far post by inches.
However, with one minute to go, Rendani Ndou pounced on a
loose ball in the box as Etafia failed to deal with Maluleke’s free-kick to
claim the maximum points for the home side.