MATCH CENTRE

WED 03 FEBRUARY 2016, 19:30, BIDVEST STADIUM

1
VS
1

Stars, Wits share spoils

by BackPageTXT

Wed February 03, 21:54

Platinum Stars surrendered an early lead to play to a 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership match at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was the worst possible start for the home side who conceded a goal after eight minutes due to a woeful mistake by young goalkeeper Jethren Barr.

Platinum Stars striker Eleazar Rodgers hustled well to charge down a poor clearance from Barr and was fortunate enough to see the ball rebounding off him and into the goal, 1-0.

Despite going behind Wits were not deterred and pushed forward, finding the equalising goal in the 15th minute thanks to a clinical 20-yard shot from James Keene, 1-1.

The next decent effort on goal only came just after the hour mark, but Dikwena goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela was alert to the danger and made a good save to deny Elias Pelembe from long range.

In the 42nd minute Daine Klate almost found his side’s second goal, but his 22-yard free-kick from a tight angle on the right was tipped over the crossbar by Mzimela.

The scores were deadlocked at the break.

The second half failed to produce much goalmouth action with both teams squandering possession in the final third of the field due to poor decision making and bad passing.

Neither side really threatened and had to settle for the draw on the night.

The draw sees Wits in third place on the log with 33 points, six adrift of Mamelodi Sundowns in pole position while Platinum Stars are up to 27 points in fifth place on the table.

Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Keene 15’)
Platinum Stars (1) 1 (Rodgers 8’)

Teams

Bidvest Wits: Barr, Nhlapo, Khumalo, Hlatshwayo, Bhasera, Pelembe (Sekese 70’), Motshwari, Ntshangase, Klate (Shongwe 70’), Mahlambi, Keene (Vilakazi 85’).

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mere, Nhlapo, Sithole, Zulu, Mathe, Madubanya (Madondo 87’), Ng'ambi, Msomi (De Jong 72’), Mabena (Segolela 62’), Rodgers.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
James Keene (15') 9. Eleazar Rodgers (8')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
36
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
4
Defender
5
Defender
24
Defender
25
Defender
22'
41
Defender
22
Defender
20
Defender
88'
2
3
Midfielder
69'
22
Midfielder
37'
30
Midfielder
72'
0
Midfielder
70'
7
Forward/Striker
8'
9
Midfielder
70'
11
Forward/Striker
87'
3
Midfielder
15'
85'
0
Forward/Striker
62'
10
Midfielder
59'
27
Forward/Striker
28
SUBSTITUTIONS
Paseka Sekese
Midfielder
70'
26
Tlou Segolela
Midfielder
62'
23
Jabulani Shongwe
Midfielder
70'
22
Sibusiso Msomi
Midfielder
72'
0
Sibusiso Vilakazi
Midfielder
85'
10
Khulekani Madondo
Midfielder
87'
5
CARDS
Phumlani Ntshangase
Defender
22'
41
Robert Ngambi
Midfielder
69'
22
Ben Motshwari
Midfielder
37'
30
Vuyo Mere
Defender
88'
2
Phakamani Mahlambi
Midfielder
59'
27
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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