Cape Town - Polokwane City thrashed Maritzburg United 3-1 in an Absa Premiership clash at
the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday night.
Following their win on the night, Rise and Shine move to position 11 on the
Absa Premiership standings, while the Team of Choice remained at the bottom.
The match got off to a slow start, but the home side enjoyed more possession
than their visitors in the early stages of the game.
Malawian striker Essau Kanyenda took a shot from edge of the Maritzburg box and
it went wide of the target 10 minutes into the game.
Maritzburg midfielder Deolin Mekoa also tried his luck from range in the 21st
minute, but his shot went inches wide of the target.
The Team of Choice gained control of the game as it progressed and in the 37th
minute South Africa youth international Mekoa made it 1-0 to Maritzburg with a
Rise and Shine tried to respond with a goal, but the visitors contained them
until the match referee blew the half-time whistle.
The home side dominated the second-half as Maritzburg defended too deep while
trying to retain their slender lead.
Muzikayifathi Ngidi restored parity for Rise and Shine in the 57th minute with
a good finish following a decent move by the home side.
It was soon 2-1 to Polokwane after their top goal scorer in the league, Thobani
Mncwango, netted with powerful left footed shot.
Polokwane's 3-1 victory was sealed with three minutes left on the clock by
Sipho Jembula, much to the delight of the home crowd.