Premier Soccer League Free State Stars Polokwane City
Posted: 5 November 2014 Time: 18:01
Polokwane City are showing signs of a revival as they defeated Free State Stars 5-2 in an Absa Premiership tie at Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday night.
Esau Kanyenda and Puleng Tlolane both bagged braces for City to go with a goal from teammate Jabulani Maluleke, while Moeketsi Sekola struck twice for hosting Ea Lla Koto.
The result saw Rise and Shine, who shocked Bidvest Wits 2-0 on the road in their previous outing, rise to 12th on the table with 10 points from as many games - a point behind Stars.
The teams traded scoring chances in the opening half hour, with Stars striker Richard Henyekane particularly lively.
However, the visitors claimed the opening goal in the 34th minute through Tlolane, who beat Ayanda Mtshali with a left-footed shot to make it 1-0 to Rise and Shine.
Yet their lead lasted just a minute, as Sekola continued his fine goal-scoring form in the 2014/15 season, providing a right-footed finish to make it 1-1.
Polokwane reclaimed the lead 13 minutes into the second half, with Kanyenda heading home from a cross to make it 2-1.
That goal opened the floodgates and a further three strikes followed in the next seven minutes. First Maluleke made it 3-1 to Polokwane by scoring direct from a free-kick in the 61st minute.
Two minutes later Kanyenda turned home a cross to make it 4-1 and seemingly kill off the game as a contest.
Yet Stars were thrown a lifeline when Joseph Musonda brought down Bokang Thlone to hand the home side a penalty. Sekola netted from the spot in the 65th minute to reduce the deficit to 4-2.
However, any hope the hosts had of a comeback was extinguished in the 88th minute when Tlolane scored his second, this time from the penalty spot, to wrap up the scoring at 5-2.
HOME: Free State Stars
Coach: Tom Saintfiet
Formation: four four one one
AWAY: Polokwane City
Coach: Kosta Papic
Formation: four two two two