Cape Town City edge 10-man Rise and Shine

Cape Town City beat 10-man Polokwane City 2-1 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Tuesday evening, for a third successive Absa Premiership win.

Goals from Ayanda Patosi and Siphelele Mthembu guided the visitors to all three points in a game where Jabulani Maluleke received his marching orders. Mohammed Anas scored what proved to be a mere consolation for the hosts, who remain in seventh spot, two points above the Citizens in eighth.

The visitors continued where they left off before the international break, finding the back of the net with their first attack on goal in the seventh minute.

Thabo Nodada burst through down the left flank following a defence-splitting pass and the midfielder showed great composure before teeing up Patosi, who duly finished with aplomb, for his fourth goal of the league season.

Rise and Shine's first shot in anger fell to Vusimuzi Mngomezulu in the 17th minute, but having done well to burst in behind the Citizens defence, the midfielder scuffed his resulting shot wide of goal.

The hosts improved as the half drew to a close and were only denied the equaliser in the 40th minute by the brilliance of Peter Leewenburgh.

Salulani Phiri's powerful effort from range looked sure to arrow into the top corner of the net, but the burly Citizens shot-stopper was up to the task.

Leeuwenburgh was called into action within the opening minute following the break as Polokwane continued to push forward in attack. Rodney Ramagalela's snap-shot from the edge of the area was struck crisply, but the Dutch goal-minder got down well to deny the hosts once more.

The Citizens doubled their lead in the 58th through Mthembu, who was quickest to pounce onto the loose ball after Harold Ndlovu parried Nodada's initial effort.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts 10 minutes later as Maluleke received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

Despite being a man down, Rise and Shine kept their hopes of getting something out of the game alive thanks to a goal from Anas eight minutes from time. The forward halved the deficit from penalty spot following a foul on Mngomezulu from Thamsanqa Mkhize inside the area.

This made for a nervy finish, but the Citizens defence held firm for the remainder of the clash as they recorded a valuable win on their travels.

Polokwane City (0) 1 (Anas 82' pen)

Cape Town City (1) 2 (Patosi 7' Mthembu 58')

Polokwane City: Ndlovu; Mvelase (Wagaba 73'), Mbonani, Nkili, Hlongwane, Seabi, J.Maluleke, Mngomezulu, Phiri (Tlolane 69'), Musona (Anas 55'), Ramagalela.

Cape Town City: Leeuwenburgh; Mkhize, Fielies, Dove, Seedat, Putsche, Modise, Nodada, Ralani (Links 70'), Patosi (Martin 76'), Mthembu (Nana 76')