Absa Premiership match report Polokwane City v SuperSport United 02 October 2018


Polokwane started strongly after Ronwen Williams denied Rodney Ramagalela by pulling off a world class save on seven minutes.

Three minutes later, Aubrey Modiba stepped up and beat George Chigova with a thrilling free-kick into the top corner.

Englishman James Keene managed to get goal-side, but saw his attempt blocked by strong defending.

City looked troubled, as Thuso Phala cut inside the box but failed to pick out Keene just as the game approached the midway mark.

In for his first start this season, Sipho Mbule tried to curl in a top drawer from out wide after being set-up by Teboho Mokoena but missed the target on 22 minutes.

Chigova was called to action to make his first save of the game after Mokoena aimed to profit from close metres.

The sun did rise for the Rise and Shine on the half and hour mark as Ayanda Nkili drew them level with an easy finish.

That’s how the first period was brought to a close despite both sides managing to orchestrate a few half chances in the latter stages of the half.

Both sides returned unchanged from the tunnel, but the side of Jozef Vukusic threatened first eager to claim the lead for the first time in the game.

Ramagalela found himself well positioned and rattled the post with a long-range drive from outside the box on 54 minutes.

SuperSport’s first change saw Mbule making way for Dean Furman on 59 minutes. Good goalkeeping from Williams came to bail out Bongani Khumalo’s deflected shot.

On 72 minutes, Keene managed to unleash to a volley from outside the box off a Mokoena cross, but it went over the top.

With no real chances happening, both sides settled for a point apiece in a rather lukewarm encounter in Polokwane.