MATCH CENTRE

WED 04 NOVEMBER 2015, 19:30, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

0
VS
4

Stars suffer first league defeat

by BackPageTXT

Wed November 04, 21:27

Platinum Stars suffered their first Absa Premiership defeat of the season on Wednesday night, going down 4-0 at the hands of Bidvest Wits at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium to relinquish top spot on the log.

The Clever Boys – who move to second place as a result of the victory – scored their goals via a first-half brace from young striker Phakamani Mahlambi and second-half strikes from Sibusiso Vilakazi and Papy Faty.

Stars made the quicker start of the two teams and after a couple of half chances early on they had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the 14th minute when Bongi Ntuli got on the end of a corner kick, but he was unable to direct his back-post header on target.

Five minutes later Wits created their first chance when Sibusiso Vilakazi stole in to catch the hosts’ defence napping, but the Bafana Bafana attacker shot well wide with only goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul to beat.

The Clever Boys broke the deadlock in the 35th minute through a well-worked passing move which saw Vilakazi and Daine Klate combine to tee up youngster Phakamani Mahlambi, who fired the ball into the net from close range to make it 1-0.

Shortly thereafter the visitors doubled their advantage, with Elias Pelembe hitting the post before the rebound fell to Mahlambi – he sent a shot toward goal which was bundled over his own line by defender Siboniso Gumede.

Dikwena would have been hoping for a solid start to the second half, but just four minutes after the interval they conceded goal number three. Klate picked out Vilakazi, who showed his class with a good piece of control before guiding a volley past Coundoul’s left hand to make it 3-0.

On 54 minutes Stars thought they had a pulled goal back when Masibusane Zongo’s clever flicked allowed Ndumiso Mabena to fire the ball into the net, but the striker was flagged offside.

Wits were off the boil for most of the second half, but they were still able to add a fourth goal with just over 10 minutes of regulation time to play when Stars were unable to clear Pelembe’s free kick and Papy Faty arrived late to head home and extend his team’s lead.

Platinum Stars 0
Bidvest Wits (2) 4 (Mahlambi 35’ 39’, Vilakazi 49’, Faty 79’)

Stars: Coundoul, Mere, Mathias, Gumede (Madondo 81’), Tshabalala, Segolela (Rodgers 58’), Madubanya, Ng’ambi, Zongo, Mabena (Hadebe 83’), Ntuli

Wits: Josephs, Nhlapo, Allie, Mkhwanazi, Bhasera, Pelembe, Ntshangase, Faty, Klate (Sheppard 90’), Vilakazi (Sekese 86’), Mahlambi (Botes 67’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
27. Phakamani Mahlambi (35')
4. S'boniso Gumede (39') (OG)
10. Sibusiso Vilakazi (49')
17. Papy Faty (79')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
34
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
0
Defender
45'
15
Defender
39'
81'
4
Defender
2
14
Defender
24
Defender
2
Midfielder
71'
0
Defender
20
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
90'
7
Midfielder
58'
23
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
15'
9
Midfielder
79'
17
Forward/Striker
3
Midfielder
35'
67'
27
Forward/Striker
83'
10
Midfielder
49'
86'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Eleazar Rodgers
Forward/Striker
58'
9
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
67'
19
Khulekani Madondo
Midfielder
81'
5
Paseka Sekese
Midfielder
86'
26
Sibusiso Hadebe
Midfielder
83'
13
Dillon Sheppard
Midfielder
90'
29
CARDS
Bongi Ntuli
Forward/Striker
15'
9
Buhle Mkhwanazi
Defender
45'
15
Masibusane Zongo
Midfielder
71'
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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