Polokwane Punish Struggling Baroka In Limpopo Derby
Result: Baroka FC 1-3 Polokwane City
Date: 03 March 2019
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium
Polokwane City secured the bragging rights in the Limpopo derby after sinking relegation-threatened Baroka FC on Sunday afternoon.
Bakgaga made two changes from their last win against SuperSport United, with Lesedi Mapheto and Onkabetse Makgantai earning starts as they looked to build momentum.
As early as the 10th minute, Mduduzi Mdantsane came close to opening the scoring for the hosts with a volley that crashed against the corner of the crossbar.
However, Rise and Shine drew first blood nine minutes later through Mohammed Anas who powered home a right-footed half-volley into the top corner.
After a frantic opening half-an-hour, the pace of the match slowed down in the latter stages of the half as Baroka were unable to force a save out goalkeeper George Chigova.
Eight minutes into the second half, Salulani Phiri doubled the lead for the visitors after capitalising on an error Baroka goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze at the back post to tap in from point-blank range.
Things went from bad to worse for Wedson Nyirenda’s troops two minutes later as Bonginkosi Makume was red-carded for denying City a goal-scoring opportunity.
Collins Makgaka gave Baroka some hope of a comeback after he pulled a goal back in the 64th minute with a fantastic low strike from just outside the box that sailed into the bottom corner,
However, Anas sealed the win for Rise and Shine ten minutes before time, beating two Baroka defenders before rifling the ball past Chipezeze from close range to complete his brace.
As a result, Bakgaga move to seventh on the tables, while Baroka remain in 13th spot.
Here's how they lined up:
Baroka: 1. Chipezeze, 13. Mabeba, 21. Mongae, 5. Makume, 8. Mdantsane, 15. Chinyengetere, 39. Madigoe, 12. Makgaka, 36. Semenya, 29. Makgantai, 18. Mapheto.
Subs: 30. Dlamini, 14. Mosele, 25. Sodi, 2. Kgoetyane, 3. Gerbardt, 38. Mokgobo, 28. Dickens.
Polokwane: 1. Chigova, 33. Mvelase, 24. Hlongwane, 27. Motloung, 22. Mbonani, 21. Seabi, 20. Phiri, 8. Maluleke, 7. Booi, 15. Musona, 3. Anas.
Subs: 50. Phali, 26. Nkili, 14. Manaka, 12. Sikhondze, 29. Mphambaniso, 9. Mashumba, 16. Mngomezulu.