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Charles Mopeli
05/11/2014 18:00
Referee: Kulasander Qongqo

Polokwane dispatch Ea Lla Koto

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.

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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

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