Golden Arrows emerged 2-1 victors against Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, handing them the three points in the Absa Premiership. The match was off to an energetic start from both sides, but it was Polokwane who drew first blood in the sixth minute when Thobani Mncwango ran with the ball from 50 yards, despite the appeal for offside, to clip the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead. Clinton Larsen’s lads however, made more advances into the final third, and more attempts at goal than their rivals, but could not find the equaliser.
The Limpopo club began dominating possession, creating pathways to an attempt at goal, applying pressure on Maximillion Mbaeva. Arrows continued to push forward, which paid off in the 44th minute, when Gladwin Shitolo found the equaliser by means of a header into the top left corner for a 1-1 half-time score. The second stanza started off sluggishly with a lot of walking around on the pitch rather than running.
The ball began to idle in the midfield, with few chances at goal all-round, until Rodney Ramagalela put Abafana Bes’thende in a 2-1 lead in the 77th minute, only a minute after he was put on for Andile Fikizolo. Rise and Shine became livelier on the field, putting pressure on their visitors by pushing forward and playing aggressively. Despite the hosts leading first from such an early stage, it was the visitors who walked away with a 2-1 victory.