Cape Town - MP Black Aces are joint PSL leaders after a 1-0 win
over Polokwane City at Mbombela Stadium on
Collins Mbesuma scored the only goal of the game from the penalty
spot early in the second half to hand Aces their eighth win of the season.
The win sees Aces up to second on the log with 27 points, only
behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on goal difference following the
Brazilians 0-0 draw against Kaizer Chiefs, also on Saturday night.
It was an extremely tight game with very few chances on goal as
the defences of both Aces and Polokwane dominated matters on the night.
The first chance on goal came early on, in the seventh minute,
when Bethuel Tukane fired wide from just outside the box.
In the 25th minute Tukane worked himself into some
space once more, but again his shooting lacked directing and flew wide of the
goal from distance.
Neither side was able to create any other clear cut chances before
the half time whistle with the game locked at 0-0.
Aces started positively in the second half and won a penalty kick
in the 51st minute after the referee adjudged Sibusiso Mbonani to have
handled the ball inside the box.
Mbesuma stepped up and converted from the spot to give
Aces the lead, 1-0.
Polokwane tried to fight their way back into the game and came
close to levelling matters in the 70th minute when Puleng
Tlolane fired inches wide of the target from the edge of the box.
Eight minutes later substitute Thabo Nodada should have sealed
victory for the home team, but the Aces man wasted a glorious goal scoring
chance from 12-yards out.
Polokwane pushed hard to find an equaliser, but were unable to do
so as Aces held on for the win.