MATCH CENTRE

SAT 21 NOVEMBER 2015, 15:30, OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM

1
VS
0

Stars lose again

by BackPageTXT

Sat November 21, 17:29

Platinum Stars suffered a second successive Absa Premiership defeat as they fell 1-0 at the hands of Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

The result sees Dikwena fall eight points behind league leaders Bidvest Wits (who beat Golden Arrows 3-2 at home), while Rise and Shine move into mid-table after claiming a second straight victory.

Polokwane started the brighter of the two sides and opened the scoring just nine minutes into the match, with Sphesihle Nzimande converting from Jabu Maluleke’s assist to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

Nzimande was very lively in the opening quarter of the match, having a few more efforts which threatened to add to Rise and Shine’s advantage but failed to find the target.

Stars managed sporadic attacks in the opening half hour, but on 27 minutes they came close to restoring parity when Bongi Ntuli fired a fine effort on goal, only for Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova to make an excellent save.

The away side gradually began to assert themselves as the half wore on and Robert Ng’ambi headed just over the crossbar from Tintswalo Tshabalala’s cross a couple of minutes before the half time break.

Stars made a change at the start of the second, sending on Tlou Segolela in place of Sibusiso Hadebe, while just past the hour mark they threw on Eleazar Rodgers in place of Letladi Madubanya in an effort to further boost their attack.

However, it was Polokwane who almost found a second goal in the 66th minute when a corner kick saw Sibusiso Mbonani presented with a shooting chance, but his effort was tipped over the crossbar by Mbongeni Mzimela.

Both teams created scoring opportunities in what remained of the match, but they were unable to find the back of the net leaving the game to end 1-0 in favour of Rise and Shine.

The victory takes City to 12 points from 11 matches and propels them into ninth position on the log. Dikwena, meanwhile, remain in fourth place on 18 points from 10 matches.

Polokwane City (1) 1 (Nzimande 9’)
Platinum Stars 0

Polokwane: Chigova, Phungwayo, Mbonani, Tema, Masenamela, J. Maluleke, Alexander, Mncwango (Tshilo 88’), Nene, Nzimande, Tlolane (Jembula 74’)

Stars:Mzimela, Mere, Gumede, Nhlapo, Tshabalala, Mabena, Madondo, Madubanya (Rodgers 62’), Hadebe (Segolela 46’), Ng’ambi, Ntuli

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM
POLOKWANE CITY GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
14. Siphesihle Nzimande (9')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 4
POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
22
Defender
47'
25
Defender
23
Defender
4
Midfielder
17
Defender
51'
14
Midfielder
8
Defender
2
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
82'
31
Midfielder
22
Forward/Striker
74'
12
Midfielder
39'
46'
13
Forward/Striker
9'
14
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
37'
88'
31
Forward/Striker
62'
3
Forward/Striker
78'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sipho Jembula
Midfielder
74'
38
Tlou Segolela
Midfielder
46'
23
Thapelo Tshilo
Defender
88'
4
Eleazar Rodgers
Forward/Striker
62'
9
CARDS
Thobani Mncwango
Forward/Striker
37'
31
Sibusiso Hadebe
Midfielder
39'
13
Mfundo Phungwayo
Midfielder
82'
31
Isaac Nhlapo
Defender
47'
25
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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