Baroka 1-3 Polokwane City
Polokwane City ended a run of four Absa Premiership matches without a win as they beat struggling Baroka FC 3-1 in Sunday's Limpopo derby at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The result sees Rise and Shine move up to seventh place in the table, level with sixth-placed Kaizer Chiefs on 32 points, while Telkom Knockout champions Bakgaga remain in danger of relegation in 13th place, just one point above the drop zone.
While there was an early chance at the other end when Mduduzi Mdantsane was denied by the crossbar, it was Polokwane who opened the scoring in the 19th minute through their Ghanaian striker Mohammed Anas, who found himself with a bit of time and space to fire a half-volley into the top corner and put his side 1-0 to the good.
Polokwane were happy to bide their time and protect that lead for the remainder of the first half, particularly with Baroka doing little to threaten their defence.
Nine minutes after the break, Rise and Shine had their second goal courtesy of Zambian midfielder Salulani Phiri, who found himself in the right place at the right time for the simplest of tap-ins thanks to an error from Baroka goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze.
Barely a minute later, more disaster befell Baroka, as they found themselves reduced to 10 men when Bonginkosi Makume was shown a red card for preventing a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Amazingly, it was Bakgaga who scored next despite being 2-0 and a man down, as Collins Makgaka found the bottom corner with a fantastic low strike from outside the box to reduce the deficit.
But holding on with just 10 men was always going to be a tough ask, and the pressure eventually told 10 minutes from time as Anas picked up his second of the match, beating two defenders with a clever run before rifling the ball past Chipezeze to secure all three points for Polokwane.