MATCH CENTRE

SUN 13 MARCH 2016, 15:30, MORULENG STADIUM

3
VS
0

Dikwena add to Ajax's woes

by BackPageTXT

Sun March 13, 17:44

Bonginkosi Ntuli's brace helped Platinum Stars defeat Ajax Cape Town 3-0 in an Absa Premiership match played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The victory took Stars to position three on the Absa Premiership standings, while Ajax remained tenth on the league table.

Dikwena goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela and Ajax shot-stopper Anssi Jaakkola were both tested in the opening stages of the game, but did well to prevent an early goal.

The home side had the ball in the back of the net in the 20th minute when Eleazar Rodgers fired past Jaakkola, but the match referee immediately blew for offside.

Dikwena should have taken the lead in the 34th minute when Mabena set up Robert Ng'ambi inside the Ajax box, but the latter was brilliantly denied by Jaakkola from close range.

However, the home crowd did not have to wait long for Stars' opening goal as Ng'ambi combined with Ntuli who beat Jaakkola to hand his side the lead two minutes later.

The Urban Warriors then pressed Dikwena for the equalising goal. However, Cavin Johnson's men managed to contain Ajax until the referee blew the half-time whistle.

Dikwena made the first change of the game ten minutes after the restart introducing midfielder Sibusiso Msomi for centre forward Rodgers.

In the 63rd minute, Stars duo Masibusane Zongo and Vuyo Mere combined and the latter scored with a right-footed finish to double the home side's side.

The Urban Warriors pushed forward in numbers nine minutes later and Tashreeq Morris forced Stars shot-stopper Mzimela into a good low save with a header.

Ntuli grabbed his brace with a good finish in the 84th minute after combining with Malawi international Ng'ambi and Stars extended their lead to 3-0.

In the 89th minute, Ajax winger Riyaad Norodien's shot was blocked by Stars full-back Siyabonga Zulu as the home side stood firm at the back until the referee blew the final whistle.

Platinum (1) 3 (Ntuli 36' 84', Mere 63')
Ajax (0) 0

Platinum: Mzimela, Nhlapo, Sithole, Zulu, Mere, Ng'ambi, Mathe, Zongo (Gumede 85'), Mabena (Kodisang 74'), Rodgers (Msomi 55'), Ntuli

Ajax: Jaakkola, Mobara (Norodien 61'), Lartey, Coetzee, Lebusa, Graham, Langwe, Isaacs (Cale 68'), Mzwakali (Losper 78'), Nxumalo, Morris

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH MORULENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
9. Bongi Ntuli (36')
2. Vuyo Mere (63')
9. Bongi Ntuli (84')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
5
Defender
26
Defender
25
Defender
5
Defender
82'
22
Defender
3
Defender
63'
2
Midfielder
61'
18
Midfielder
85'
0
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
86'
22
Midfielder
78'
11
Forward/Striker
36'
84'
9
Midfielder
68'
20
Forward/Striker
56'
9
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
74'
10
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
28
Forward/Striker
15
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sibusiso Msomi
Midfielder
56'
0
Riyaad Norodien
Midfielder
61'
31
Kobamelo Kodisang
Forward/Striker
74'
18
Franklin Cale
Midfielder
68'
24
S'boniso Gumede
Defender
85'
4
Toriq Losper
Midfielder
78'
10
CARDS
Siyabonga Zulu
Defender
82'
22
Robert Ngambi
Midfielder
86'
22
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
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