MATCH CENTRE

WED 17 MAY 2017, 19:30, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

2
VS
0

Chiefs toothless in loss to Stars

by Brian Lee

Wed May 17, 21:29

Kaizer Chiefs were extremely poor in front of goal as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Amakhosi offered very little in attack as they extended their winless run to five games while Stars gave themselves a chance of finishing in the top eight.

The home team controlled the flow of play early on and were the first to threaten in the tenth minute when Itumeleng Khune had to be at his best to turn a 25-yard free-kick from Gerald Phiri around the post.

In the 22nd minute there was nothing Khune could do when Solomon Mathe met a cross from Phiri and powerfully headed home from 12-yards out.

Chiefs saw more of the ball after that, but they were poor in the final third and could not create any significant openings in front of goal.

Some poor defending in the 44th minute allowed Stars to score their second goal when Tsepo Masilela failed to clear a goalmouth scramble which allowed Enocent Mkhabela to fire home from close range, 2-0.

Chiefs’ first real shot on goal came seven minutes into the second half when Siphiwe Tshabalala worked his way into the box, but curled his effort inches wide of the post.

In the 69th minute some more sloppy defending by Chiefs, and Willard Katsande in particular, saw Bongi Ntuli through on goal, but he fired into the side netting from 14-yards out.

Besides from that it was all Chiefs who dominated the possession and flow of play, but they could not find a way through the Stars defence.

In the end it was a rather comfortable win for Platinum Stars who moved up to tenth on the league table with 34 points, only two points outside of the top eight.

For Chiefs they are condemned to finish the season in fifth place unless things go their way in the final match of the season. Amakhosi are currently on 47 points, a point behind fourth place SuperSport United.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS
28. Solomon Mathe (22')
Enocent Mkhabela (44')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4 1
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
5
Defender
55'
3
Defender
2
26
Midfielder
68'
37
2
Midfielder
33'
44'
0
Defender
39'
80'
24
Midfielder
79'
0
Midfielder
66'
17
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
22'
80'
28
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
57'
0
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
7
Midfielder
31
Forward/Striker
56'
83'
0
Forward/Striker
28
SUBSTITUTIONS
Gift Links
Midfielder
68'
0
William Thwala
Midfielder
55'
7
Tintswalo Tshabalala
Defender
79'
14
Joseph Malongoane
Forward/Striker
66'
23
Willem Mwedihanga
Defender
83'
0
Ryan Moon
Forward/Striker
80'
0
CARDS
Enocent Mkhabela
Midfielder
33'
0
Tsepo Masilela
Defender
39'
24
Bongi Ntuli
Forward/Striker
56'
0
Thuto Mphahlele
Midfielder
57'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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