Four-goal hero Mncwango sinks United

Polokwane City avoided a hat-trick of Absa Premiership losses as they beat SuperSport United 4-1 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Thobani Mncwango scoring all the goals for the home side.

Jeremy Brockie scored Matsatsantsa’s consolation as they saw their unbeaten streak broken at six matches.

Polokwane got off to a flying start and found themselves 2-0 up inside the first 16 minutes thanks to a brace from Thobani Mncwango. He first headed home a cross from Lebohang Motumi to make it 1-0, before doubling the advantage a short while later with a left-footed shot after good work from Jabu Maluleke.

SuperSport were rocked by their opponents’ fast start but gradually settled into the game and gave themselves a lifeline on 27 minutes when Jeremy Brockie pulled a goal back, converting in the box after an assist from Clayton Daniels.

United made changes early in the second half, first introducing new signing Mark Mayambela for his debut before adding David Mathebula to the mix in midfield, but they continued to struggle against a determined Rise and Shine.

Even the final substitution for the visitors – which saw defender Luvolwethu Mpeta make way for forward Bradley Grobler – failed to yield the desired results, with Polokwane extending their advantage to 4-1 after two further goals from Mncwango in the 82nd and 88th minutes.

SuperSport could have pulled a further goal back late on when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Dove Wome in the box, but Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova denied Brockie from the spot.

Polokwane City (2) 4 (Mncwango 14’ 16’ 82’ 88’)
SuperSport United (1) 1 (Brockie 27’)

City: Chigova, Barends, Hlongwane, Mbonani (Nyadombo 68’), Tema, Motumi, Alexander, Jacobs, Maluleke, Mncwango (Jembula 90’), Kanyenda (Nzimande 60’)

United: Williams, Farmer, Boxall, Daniels, Mpeta (Grobler 73’), Phala, Mokeke (Mathebula 55’), Morton, Lakay (Mayambela 46’), Wome, Brockie