Polokwane win first PSL match
Galabgwe Moyana (Gallo Images)
Polokwane - Goals from Thapelo Tshilo and Siphesihle Nzimande saw Polokwane City claim a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town in their PSL encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon. WRAP: PSL
The victory was the first in the league for Polokwane City as they now lift themselves off the bottom of the table for the first time since the start of the season.
The away side was the first to get in on the action and Ajax threatened off Lebogang Manyama’s fifth minute free-kick which he curled just wide of the post.
Manyama threatened moments later with another set-piece after Eleazar Rodgers was brought down near the box. The striker’s free-kick this time hit the target but Polokwane’s goalkeeper Modiri Marumo, got a fist to it.
Brandon Petersen, who won the man of the match for Ajax against Bidvest Wits, continued with his impressive display when he bravely grabbed Galabgwe Moyana’s cross into the box.
While just before the half hour mark, Moyana struck a corner kick which met Essau Kenyenda. However, his effort didn’t trouble Petersen this time as it sailed over the bar.
The heat looked like it was starting to get to Ajax and Polokwane managed to catch them on the break in the 40th minute which saw Thapelo Tshilo slide in to tap home the opening goal.
He was, however, replaced immediately afterwards for what was suspected to be injury induced rather than tactical.
After having already replaced Michael Kwong for Nathan Paulse midway through the first half, Ertugral opted for further change by bringing on Lance Davids for Rodgers at the start of the second half.
The Urban Warriors tried to crawl their way into the game off Keagan Dolly’s corner which was met by Bantu Mzwakali, however, play was stopped due to Paulse’s foul on Tshepo Molala.
Unfortunately for the Urban Warriors they were hit with another blow. Anssi Jaakkola was brought on to make his debut for Ajax after replacing Petersen in goal with 30 minutes to go.
It just wasn’t Ajax Cape Town’s day as they landed up going 2-0 down when Siphesihle Nzimande found the back of the net in the 70th minute.
With the two goal deficit swinging out of Ajax’s favour, there was little they could do to make a comeback and their loss meant they dropped to the bottom of the table. Scorers:
(1) 2 (Tshilo 40’, Nzimande 70)Ajax Cape Town
0 Teams:Polokwane City:
Marumo, Molala, Molekwane, Mkhabela, Tshilo (Hlela 40’), Motsiane, Moyana, Mncwango (Nzimande 37’), Lichaba, Rakhale, Kanyenda Ajax Cape Town:
Petersen (Jaakkola 58’), Lolo, Ritus, Isaacs, Mokeke, Mobara, Kwong (Paulse 29’), Mzwakali, Dolly, Manyama, Rodgers (Davids 46’)