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4 - 2
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Lucas Moripe Stadium
10/05/2014 15:00

SSU send Polokwane to playoffs

Posted: 10 May 2014 Time: 16:10

SuperSport United finished the season in fifth spot on Saturday with a 4-2 home win over Polokwane City, who will now battle for their Premiership status in the relegation-promotion playoffs.

Thuso Phala struck twice for Matsatsantsa to go with strikes from Bennett Chenene and Thabiso Nkoana, while Thabo Rakhale and Vukile Mngqibisa netted for City.

Puleng Tlolane went close for the visitors on two occasions in the early exchanges. First the Rise and Shine striker directed a tame effort at Ronwen Williams after superbly creating space for himself in the area before sending a header inches wide of the United skipper’s right-hand post moments later.

United were awarded a set-piece on the edge of the area following a clumsy challenge by Thapelo Tshilo, but Sibusiso Khumalo failed to capitalise, flashing his resulting effort over the crossbar.

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City continued to look the more threatening, but it was the hosts who took the lead through Phala in the 39th minute.

A quick free-kick was played out wide to Khumalo, who in turn squared the ball to Phala to stab into an open net.

City levelled matters in the 51st minute through Rakhale, who brilliantly rounded Williams before blasting past Edwin Gyimah on the line. 

Nkoana restored United's lead in the 67th minute with what was his first goal of the campaign before Chenene found the back of the net five minutes later following a neat passage of play down the right flank.

Mngqibisa pulled one back for the visitors from the penalty spot in the 81st minute, but the Limpopo-based side's hopes of avoiding the play-offs were crushed as Phala completed his brace soon after to secure all three points for the hosts.

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