Absa Premiership

AmaTuks romp in the rain

2014-12-16 22:58
Geoffrey Massa (Supplied)
Geoffrey Massa (Supplied)

Johannesburg - Pretoria University went on romp in the second half of their Premier League match, netting a 5-1 win against Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The victory in the first match of the PSL's double header in Polokwane was a telling boost in Tuks' battle to avoid relegation. The Pretoria University team moved to a respectable 10th place in the 16-team log.

All six goals were scored in the second half, putting an end to Polokwane City's unbeaten run of seven matches.

The Limpopo based team wallowed in the relegation zone with only four points from their opening eight matches and staged a remarkable comeback, securing 17 points from the seven games played before Tuesday's defensive debacle.

Their previous defeat before their seven-match revival was also by a 5-1 margin against Bloemfontein Celtic.

It was Ugandan international striker and Man of the Match Geoffrey Massa who provided evidence of the scoring spree in the second period, with a thunderous 30-metre shot that was barely parried by Polokwane goalkeeper Dino Visser.

The loose ball was then barely booted clear by a desperate defender to prevent Massa scoring, but it did not prevent the Ugandan from making an impact with two goals in the second half.

The slippery ball generally made shooting difficult in the opening half when scoring efforts were few and off target.

It was a different story in the second half with Thabo Mnyamane opening the score for Tuks in only the 48th minute with a fierce ground shot.

Polokwane were undeterred by this setback and Cole Alexander's half-volleyed shot into the roof of the net made the score 1-1 barely eight minutes later.

It was Polokwane who kept up the pressure and would have taken the lead in the 60th minute but the goalkeeper Washington Arubi made a brilliant save.

The Malawian striker Atusaye Nyondo overcame the elements in the 68th minute to give Tuks a 2-1 lead. The Polokwane defence seemed to fall apart.

Massa's ferocious finishing, which has made him one of Uganda's leading scorers at international level with 33 goals, was evident again in the 71st and 77th, with powerful shots to make the score 4-1.

Mnyamane completed a brace of his own in the 88th minute as Polokwane goalkeeper Visser was again thwarted by the slippery ball.

 

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