Absa Premiership

Ramagalela comes back to haunt Sundowns

2017-08-22 22:29
Rodney Ramagalela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Rodney Ramagalela netted both goals in Polokwane City's 2-1 win at the Loftus Stadium on Tuesday night.

Both teams had early chances as new 'Downs arrival Thokozani Sekotlong's stinging drive drew a save from George Chigova, while at the other end Ramagalela fired wide on six minutes.

Pitso Mosimane's side soon took command, playing some scintillating football and could have been ahead on the 18th minute had the lively Sekotlong not missed from close range.

Chances continued to fall Sekotlong's way, but he couldn't find the net when another two openings fell to him inside six minutes.

Instead it was Rise and Shine who were to score against the run of pay, Ramagalela on target against his former employers 10 minutes before half-time.

The African champions had opportunities to equalise before the interval, but Percy Tau went wide with a header before he had a curling effort saved by Chigova, while Hlompho Kekana blasted a shot over the bar.

After 'Downs keeper Denis Onyango had done superbly to save at close range from Thabang Klaas after the restart, the Brazilians were back on level terms in the 54th minute.

The goal was from the penalty spot after a hand-ball decision against Thapelo Tshilo, George Lebese netting his first for his new club.

Motjeka Madisha was close to putting the Tshwane outfit ahead, but Chigova again came to Polokwane's rescue.

Ramagalela, however, was in the mood and he put Rise and Shine back in front with a scorching hit from well outside the box.

Kekana went very close to grabbing a point for the hosts when his 82nd-minute shot whistled past the upright.

Sundowns pushed right up until the final whistle for a way back, but it proved to be in vein as they followed up Saturday's impressive win over SuperSport with defeat.


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