Polokwane edge Black Aces
Posted: 8 December 2013 Time: 15:06
Thobani Mncwango's late winner saw Polokwane City edge Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-1 in a Premiership encounter on Sunday afternoon.
Substitute Mncwango bundled the ball home in the 79th minute after Onyekachi Okonkwo brilliantly cancelled out Esau Kanyenda's first-half opener for Aces at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The first half saw AmaZayoni controlling matters, but they were made to pay for not making the most of their opportunities in front of goal.
The visitors made their intentions clear early on as Okonkwo found himself in space just inside the box, but his 16-yard shot was brilliantly saved by Modiri Marumo, diving to his right to make the stop.
On the half-hour mark a swift passing movement by Aces saw Thabo Qalinge into the box, but he failed to find the target with his shot.
In the 39th minute Clifford Mulenga tried his luck from 22-yards out, but the Aces man saw his shot curl just wide of the left-hand post.
Then a minute before the break, and very much against the run of play, the home side took the lead. Kanyenda latched onto a through ball from Puleng Tlolane and then toe-poked under the onrushing Bafana Nhlapo to make it 1-0.
The start of the second 45 saw Aces applying pressure on the Polokwane goal as they went in search of the equaliser and they saw that pressure pay off in the 54th minute as Okonkwo spotted the keeper off his line and lobbed the ball over him from 24-yards out.
In the 64th minute Siphesihle Nzimande should have scored Polokwane’s second goal when he was played into space by Tlolane 14-yards out from goal, but he fired way over the crossbar.
In the 79th minute Polokwane re-took the lead after Mncwango scored with his first touch of the game as he turned home a low right-wing cross from Tlolane from a yard out.
Aces tried to find their way back into the match, but the Polokwane defence held firm and picked up the three points.
HOME: Polokwane City
Coach: Boebie Solomons
Formation: four four two
AWAY: Mpumalanga Black Aces
Coach: Clive Barker
Formation: four four one one