MATCH CENTRE

WED 24 AUGUST 2016, 19:30, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

1
VS
0

SuperSport United stunned in Rustenburg

by BackPageTXT

Wed August 24, 21:44

SuperSport United were left to rue their missed chances when they lost 1-0 to 10-man Platinum Stars in the Absa Premiership at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday night.

Robert Ng'ambi's second half header made all the difference as Dikwena claimed their first three points in the new 2016/17 season.

The match had a cagey start in the first five minutes but defender Michael Boxall failed to lower his shot when a loose ball fell in his path in the box.

Dikwena exchanged good passes but it was Ng'ambi who tried to beat goalkeeper Ronwen Williams from a distance but his curler went wide in the 13th minute.

In the 20th minute, United were awarded a set piece which was delivered by Thuso Phala down the left flank, only for Clayton Daniels to see his free header going inches wide.

Despite enjoying the ball possession, Cavin Johnson's men failed to open up Stuart Baxter's side and Ndumiso Mabena resorted to a long range shot which sailed wide with four minutes to the end of the opening half.

After their return from the break, the Tshwane side came back and put pressure on their hosts but Michael Morton once again couldn't hit the target.

In the 51st minute, skipper Dean Furman unleashed a well struck shot from the 18-yard area but keeper Mbongeni Mzimela produced a fine save to deny him.

Three minutes later, Stars were dealt a huge blow when defender Sphamandla Mlilo was sent off for a second bookable offence after handling Grobler on the right flank.

However, in the 62nd minute captain Vuyo Mere's stunning free kick picked out Robert Ng'ambi in the box, with his fine header breaking the deadlock by beating Williams, 1-0 to Stars.

Baxter introduced Thabo Mnyamane for Thuso Phala and the former University of Pretoria man nearly made an immediate impact in the 71st minute when his header went inches wide of Mzimela's far post.

With eight minutes remaining on the clock, Grobler received a wonderful pass from the left wing but his shot went straight to the well positioned Mzimela.

In what was their final chance to get a point in injury time, debutant Reneilwe Letsholonyane blasted his shot over the woodwork, allowing the hosts to claim the full three points.

Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Ng'ambi 62')
SuperSport United 0

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Tshabalala, Mlilo, Gumede, Mnguni, Mere, Gwabeni, Mabena (Mathe 72'), Ng'ambi (Kodisang 85'), Msomi (Madondo 89'), Botes

SuperSport United: Williams, Bhasera, Boxall, Daniels, Gould, Phala (Mnyamane 70'), Furman, Morton (Wome 77'), Letsholonyane, Brockie, Grobler

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS
22. Robert Ngambi (62')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1 1
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
20
Defender
20
Defender
23
Defender
5
Defender
44'
53'
3
Defender
60'
29
Defender
83'
14
Defender
24
Defender
2
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
62'
85'
22
Midfielder
77'
18
Midfielder
89'
15
6
30
Midfielder
70'
13
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
72'
10
Forward/Striker
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kamohelo Mathe
Forward/Striker
72'
0
Thabo Mnyamane
Forward/Striker
70'
23
Kobamelo Kodisang
Midfielder
85'
0
Khulekani Madondo
Midfielder
89'
5
CARDS
Sphamandla Mlilo
Defender
44'
3
Morgan Gould
Defender
60'
29
Sphamandla Mlilo
Defender
53'
3
Tintswalo Tshabalala
Defender
83'
14
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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