MATCH CENTRE

WED 11 MAY 2016, 19:30, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

2
VS
3

Stars hold onto third despite loss

by BackPageTXT

Wed May 11, 22:36

Platinum Stars managed to hold onto third place in the Absa Premiership despite losing 3-2 to Bloemfontein Celtic in a league match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday night.

Fortunately for Dikwena, Kaizer Chiefs failed to beat Free State Stars and played to a 2-2 draw in a league match at the same time.

That result combined with Platinum Stars’ loss leaves the Rustenburg-based side in third place on the table with 47 points, a point above Chiefs with one league game to go this season.

Celtic, on the other hand, moved up to tenth place with 35 points, four points behind ninth placed SuperSport United and unable to qualify for the top eight.

On the half hour mark Celtic opened the scoring when Lyle Lakay played Thapelo Morena through on goal and he made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 1-0.

The home side levelled matters four minutes into the second half when Eleazar Rodgers headed home a Vuyo Mere cross, 1-1.

In the 52nd minute Platinum Stars took the lead after a long range shot from Letladi Madubanya found the corner of the goal, 2-1.

Ten minutes later Lakay restored parity once more after a powerful 24-yard free-kick from the Celtic man hit the back of the net to make it 2-2.

Lakay turned provider in the 74th minute when a clever pass from him set substitute Fiston Abduol Razak into space and he duly finished to make it 3-2.

Platinum Stars were afforded a chance to steal a point in the dying seconds of the game when Musa Nyatama brought down Ndumiso Mabena inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Vuyo Mere stepped up for the home side, but saw his penalty brilliantly saved by Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb which earned the away side the win.

Platinum Stars (2) 2 (Rodgers 49’, Madubanya 52’)
Bloemfontein Celtic (1) 3 (Morena 30’, Lakay 60’, Abdoul 74’)

Teams

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Zulu, Sithole, Mere, Semenya (Gwabeni 83’), Mathe, Madubanya, Tshabalala (Kodisang 69’), Ng'ambi, Mabena, Rodgers.

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Dube, Fransman, Shikweni, Letlabika, Nyatama, Lakay (Wolff 81’), Morena, Lamola (April 76’), Lubisi, Zuma (Abduol 71’).

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC GOALS
9. Eleazar Rodgers (49') 12. Thapelo Morena (32')
7. Lyle Lakay (62')
21. Fiston Razak Abdul (74')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
5
Defender
16
Defender
22
5
Defender
69'
14
Midfielder
26
Defender
2
Midfielder
71'
42
Midfielder
83'
26
Midfielder
62'
77'
81'
7
Forward/Striker
49'
9
Midfielder
3
Forward/Striker
53'
3
Midfielder
79'
4
Forward/Striker
10
Midfielder
32'
12
Forward/Striker
17
Midfielder
25
Forward/Striker
44'
28
Forward/Striker
76'
14
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kobamelo Kodisang
Forward/Striker
69'
18
Fiston Razak Abdul
Forward/Striker
71'
21
Thamsanqa Bonie Gwabeni
Midfielder
83'
0
Shane April
Midfielder
76'
44
Keamogetse Wolff
Midfielder
81'
0
CARDS
Solomon Mathe
Forward/Striker
44'
28
Lyle Lakay
Midfielder
77'
7
Letladi Madubanya
Forward/Striker
53'
3
Musa Nyatama
Midfielder
79'
4
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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