JOHANNESBURG – A first-half goal from Rodney Ramagalela handed Polokwane a 1-0 win over a ten-man SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.
Supersport started positively with the first effort on goal in the eighth minute when Morgan Gould met a corner-kick, but his header was well-saved by Polokwane keeper George Chigova.
Ten minutes later the away side was on the attack again with Thuso Phala trying his luck from long range, but his stinging effort sailed just wide of the target.
Polokwane slowly started to find their footing in the game with Jabu Maluleke dribbling himself into space on the edge of the box before unleashing a powerful shot that went narrowly over the target on the half-hour mark.
Five minutes before the break Polokwane took the lead with Ramagalela turning home a Maluleke corner with an expert finish, 1-0. The half ended with the home side in front by a single goal.
Five minutes into the second half SuperSport’s chances of a comeback were made even more difficult when Gould was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle.
On the hour mark, Polokwane almost doubled their lead when Maluleke let loose from 20-yards out, but his shot shaved the wrong side of the post.
SuperSport, despite being a man down, threw players forward in attack and almost stole a point two minutes from time when Jamie Webber worked his way into the box, but he was superbly denied by Chigove from close range.
In the end, City managed to pick up the three points with SuperSport hovering just above the relegation zone in 14th place.
African News Agency (ANA)