Polokwane ease relegation fears
Posted: 7 March 2018 Time: 16:56
Polokwane City brought Bloemfontein Celtic down to earth with a 2-0 victory in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday.
The Limpopo side needed to give themselves some breathing space with their third-from-bottom placing, while Celtic were targeting a top-eight position.
Polokwane moved forward with pace and caught the hosts out of defence on a few instances, but were unable to conjure up any meaningful attacking moves.
Lucky Baloyi pressed forward and found space on the edge of the box and took a shot which went wide of 10 minutes.
Puleng Tlolane showed good control before taking two touches for a shot at goal, which Patrick Tignyemb saved comfortably.
City claimed the lead against the run of play after Thabiso Semenya broke down the right for a deft finish in the 30th minute.
Marvin Sikhosana doubled their lead following an in-swinging corner minutes to the half-time break.
Celtic raided their substitutes' bench and bought on Jacky Motshegwa and Victor Letsoalo as they looked to launch their come back.
With the Rise and Shine eager to increase their tally, Siwelele, on the other hand, looked to reduce the deficit through Ndumiso Mabena who tried to catch George Chigova with a lob.
The second goal-scorer Sikhosana saw red for simulation that led to a second bookable caution and ultimately dismissal.
Bernard Molekwa looked to close up shop with the introduction of defender Sibusiso Mbonani to stabilise his defensive compartment.
Top scorer Rodney Ramagalela was keen to get on in the act after finding space on the left, but shot in the side-netting in the closing stages.
Regardless, Rise and Shine managed to walk away with the maximum points that moved them off the bottom-three spots.
HOME: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Veselin Jelusic
AWAY: Polokwane City
Coach: Bernard Molekwa