10-men Polokwane see off Wits on Friday
10-men Polokwane City showed resilience on Friday night as they defeated Premiership league-leaders Bidvest Wits 1-0 at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg.
Wits 0 Polokwane City 1
Booi goes close
Phiri sees red
Chigova saves from Macuphu
Maluleke (75') hits winner from free-kick
The Students were largely on top in the first stanza and seemed in position to win the game after a red card to Salulani Phiri inside 30 minutes.
Yet, veteran Jabulani Maluleke struck the winner in the second half to seal the three points for Rise and Shine.
The encounter created little in terms of chances in the opening exchanges though Mxolisi Macuphu did threaten inside the first five minutes from outside the area.
Not long after Mbuyisile Booi came close as his header glanced wide from a cross on the flank as the action heated up in the clash.
With that said, the Clever Boys would appear to gain the ascendancy as Rise and Shine were reduced to 10-men.
Zambian Phiri was handed his marching orders after a terrible attempt at a challenge in the middle of the park on 29-year-old midfielder Thabang Monare.
The Clever Boys seemed to gain the upper hand in the contest from that point forward as Gift Motupa played in Macuphu, though the striker was denied from a fine save by George Chigova in goal.
Gavin Hunt's men continued to pour forward and just before the break the lively Monare struck an effort on target after more good work from Macuphu. Yet, Chigova gathered the strike with relative ease.
In the second stanza the visitors nearly took a surprise advantage as Booi sent in a fierce shot which was stopped by a fine save from an outstretched Darren Keet.
Somehow the 10-men of City would take the advantage with just under 20 minutes to play through veteran Maluleke. He struck home a powerful free-kick which gave Keet little chance.
In the final stages the away outfit were in debt to Chigova as he parried away a stunning Terrence Dzvukamanja strike after good set-up play by Deon Hotto. Nonetheless, it ended 1-0 on the night as Polokwane recorded their second win in a row.