MATCH CENTRE

SUN 07 MAY 2017, 15:00, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

1
VS
0

Highlands closer to relegation after losing to Stars

by Graeme Jackson

Sun May 07, 17:05

Highlands Park have been pushed closer to relegation from the Absa Premiership after they were beaten 1-0 at Platinum Stars on Sunday.

The defeat sees the Lions of the North remain bottom of the log on 22 points, with just three rounds of league action remaining in the 2016/17 season.

Stars’ strikers were in action early on, with Bonginkosi Ntuli receiving medical treatment for an early knock (which he was able to run off), while Ndumiso Mabena had the first shot in anger on 15 minutes, but sent his effort over the crossbar.

A few minutes later it was Highlands’ turn to threaten - Peter Shalulile was brought down just outside the penalty area and from the subsequent free kick Khethukuthula Zwane send a shot into the side netting.

Just past the midway point of the first half, Gerald Phiri set up Mabena for another sight of goal, but the former Orlando Pirates man saw his shot bravely blocked by the Highlands defence.

As half time approached the Lions of the North so nearly claimed the lead, with Mothobi Mvala putting an effort on target which needed Dikwena’s Solomon Mathe to make a heroic goal-line clearance.

Stars almost broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half when Mabena had the beating of goalkeeper Marlon Heugh with an effort direct from a free kick, but the crossbar came to Highlands’ rescue.

Midway through the second stanza the visitors created a great chance for Lindokuhle Mbatha, but Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela pulled off a fine save to keep the score level at 0-0.

On 83 minutes the hosts created another good chance for Mabena, as he met a cross from the right flank, only to put his header wide of the goal with only Heugh to beat. Yet six minutes later the goal finally arrived for Dikwena, with Robert Ng’ambi scoring with a brave header which saw him knocked out in the process of scoring.

Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Ng’ambi 89’)
Highlands Park 0

Stars: Mzimela, De Jongh (Botes 84’), Mwedihanga, Sithole, Mpeta, Mere, Msomi (Ng’ambi 69’), Mathe, Phiri (Links 67’), Mabena, Ntuli

Highlands: Heugh, Zwane (Ledwaba 54’), Nhlapo, Ngalo, Sibande, Mbatha, Khuboni, Oluwafemi, Mvala, Shalulile, Mbesuma

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS
22. Robert Ngambi (89')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
5
22
Defender
32'
0
Defender
33
Defender
68'
2
Defender
19
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
67'
0
Midfielder
54'
35
Midfielder
84'
8
Midfielder
43
Midfielder
69'
15
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
66'
28
Midfielder
38
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
5
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Gift Links
Midfielder
67'
0
Seun Ledwaba
Midfielder
54'
0
Robert Ngambi
Midfielder
69'
22
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
84'
9
CARDS
Luvolwethu Mpeta
Defender
32'
0
Solomon Mathe
Midfielder
66'
28
Vuyo Mere
Defender
68'
2
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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