The University of Pretoria demolished Polokwane City 5-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in an Absa Premiership encounter. Both teams were looking for maximum points as the home side leads on the Q2 table, while AmaTuks were hoping to cause an upset. In the eighth minute Polokwane’s brilliance almost handed them an early lead but Puleng Tlolane’s shot went wide of the goal posts.
City continued to put pressure on Tuks as they were more dominant in ball possession. In the 25th minute Rise and Shine won a set piece in a dangerous area. Jabulani Maluleka’s free kick was kept out by Washington Arubi.
In the 28th minute a header at goal by Tshepo Molala went right off the posts. The visitors were awarded a free kick in the 32nd minute but Geoffrey Massa’s shot went straight to Dino Visser. Both teams continued playing an attacking game as the match went to half-time 0-0.
In the second half both teams were looking to capitalise on their opportunities. Thabo Mnyamane struck early in the second stanza to hand the away side the lead in the 48th minute. Cole Alexander hit back for the hosts after a silly mistake from Arubi in the 55th minute to make it 1-1 as wet conditions became a major problem for goalkeepers.
In the 74th minute Sammy Troughton’s side took the lead as Atusaye Nyondo made it 2-1. Just a few seconds later Massa’s brilliance paid off as he made it 3-1 on 75 minutes. Troughton’s charges were looking to protect their two goal advantage as they were on the verge of collecting maximum points and time was running out for Polokwane.
In the 83rd minute the away side were on fire as Massa scored his second goal of the match to make it 4-1. Tuks were not done as Mnyamane scored a cracker in the 88th minute leaving Visser with no chance to stop the shot and wrap up a 5-1 annihilation.