Highlands Park registered a third straight victory in the Absa Premiership after beating Polokwane City 2-0 at Makhulong Stadium, with Peter Shalulile getting his sixth goal of the campaign.
Highlands coach Owen da Gama went with the tried and tested once again, as new signing Reneilwe Letsholonyane started on the bench.
It was Highlands who got the breakthrough via one of Ryan Rae’s trademark long throw-ins which ended with Mothobi Mvala side-footing home from six-yards out.
The game opened up after that, with Shalulile unable to give Owen Da Gama’s charges a two-goal lead after being denied by George Chigova in a one-on-one situation, before Jabulani Maluleke went close to equalising for City with a low strike that sailed inches wide of the upright.
Shalulile had another good chance for the hosts after going through at the near post two minutes before the break but he was denied again by Chigova, while Thela Ngobeni ensured Highlands went into the break leading after making two great saves under pressure.
The game was quiet in the opening exchanges of the second stanza, with chances hard to come by but Mokete Mogaila almost made it 2-0 for Highlands with 20 minutes remaining after getting past his marker in th box, but his toe-poked effort sailed wide of Chigova’s upright.
Rise and Shine pressurised the hosts in search of the equaliser, but they were caught on a counter-attack as they could not deal with a long ball that saw Shalulile go through and slot home for his sixth goal of the season as Highlands move up to the fifth spot.
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