Cape Town - Puleng Tlolane
scored a first-half brace to see Polokwane City defeat lower league side
African All Stars 2-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday and advance into
the second round of the Nedbank Cup.
On a day where
fellow PSL campaigners Chippa United were upset by a second-tier team in the
shape of Baroka FC and Mamelodi Sundowns were taken to extra time by Highlands
Park [with the game unfinished at the time of writing], Rise and Shine were
able to book their place in the last 16 of the competition.
Julio Leal rang the changes for this cup match, with defender Carlington
Nyadombo the only man who played in their last outing, a 1-1 draw with Kaizer
Chiefs on February 23.
Rise and Shine
took control of the match early on and established a 2-0 lead within the opening
20 minutes, as Puleng Tlolane scored two well-taken goals. The striker enjoyed
a superb campaign in front of goal in 2014/15 and City supporters will hope
this double signals a return to top form.
All Stars, who
hail from the Gauteng stream of the ABC Motsepe League, looked to get
themselves back in the game but were unable to match their top flight opponents
on the day.
Yet being able to
hold a PSL team goalless through the second half was a respectable achievement
for All Stars, who made their debut in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup in this
matched their best showing in the Nedbank Cup by reaching the last 16, a feat
they achieved in 2013.