MATCH CENTRE

WED 06 DECEMBER 2017, 19:30, OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM

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Platinum Stars claim first away win

by Graeme Jackson

Wed December 06, 21:33

Platinum Stars claimed their first away win in the 2017/18 Absa Premiership as they beat Polokwane City 1-0 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result, secured by Bongi Ntuli’s second-half goal, took Dikwena to 13th place and out of the relegation zone for the first time this season. Rise and Shine drop to 14th after a seventh home game without a win.

Polokwane created the first clear chance of the match inside the opening 15 minutes, with Wiseman Maluleke firing a shot on target, only to be denied by a fine save from Stars goalkeeper Dino Visser.

Yet that proved to be the only major highlight of a first 45 minutes in which neither team was able to really take control of the game. City enjoyed plenty of the ball and looked to Jabulani Maluleke to direct traffic from midfield, but even he allowed his frustration to get the better of him when he was booked for a nasty challenge on 25 minutes.

The game desperately needed a goal and fortunately it arrived early in the second half, with Stars’ Bongi Ntuli taking advantage of some slack defending from the hosts to put his side 1-0 up.

Polokwane looked to take control of the game after going behind and they were aided by Dikwena’s decision to try and defend their lead. Yet the hosts, as was the case in the first half, struggled to create scoring opportunities.

A few minutes past the hour mark Rise and Shine coach Bernard Molekwa looked to add a new dimension to his attack by introducing Walter Musona from the bench, but Stars’ defence remained comfortable and were able to keep the hosts at bay.

Both teams will be in league action again on Saturday, with City hosting Bidvest Wits, while Stars will welcome Kaizer Chiefs to Rustenburg.

Polokwane City 0
Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Ntuli 47’)

City: Chigova, Maponyane, Tshilo, Semenya, Hlongwane, Seabi, W. Maluleke, J. Maluleke (Musona 64’), Ndou, Tlolane, Ramagalela
Stars: Visser, Mnguni, Mwedihanga, Sithole, Zulu, Mere, Masalesa, Ng’ambi, Msomi, Otladisa (Nyanda 66’), Ntuli (Matlakala 84’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM
POLOKWANE CITY GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
Bongi Ntuli (47')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
2
Defender
5
Defender
4
Defender
23
Defender
5
Defender
59'
22
Midfielder
25'
64'
8
Defender
2
Midfielder
21
0
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
66'
15
Midfielder
0
12
Forward/Striker
10
Midfielder
22
Forward/Striker
19
Midfielder
15
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
47'
84'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Walter Musona
Forward/Striker
64'
29
Mduduzi Nyanda
Midfielder
66'
40
Maboke Matlakala
Midfielder
84'
0
CARDS
Jabulani Maluleke
Midfielder
25'
8
Siyabonga Zulu
Defender
59'
22
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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