MATCH CENTRE

SAT 28 APRIL 2018, 15:00, PRINCESS MAGOGO STADIUM

3
VS
2

Mutizwa brace lifts Arrows into top half

by Graeme Jackson

Sat April 28, 17:18

Knox Mutizwa’s brace inspired Golden Arrows to a 3-2 win over Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership match at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

The result sees Abafana Bes’thende move into seventh place on the log and mathematically guarantee that they will not be drawn into the relegation playoffs.

Arrows made a bright start to the match, but it was Stars who nearly claimed an early goal, with Wangu Gome getting in behind the hosts’ defence in the ninth minute only to see his effort rebound off the upright.

The Durban side responded with a good chance of their own on the quarter hour mark, as Danny Venter teed up Knox Mutizwa, but he was denied by a fine save from Mbongeni Mzimela.

Yet the Zimbabwean attacker would not be denied in the 18th minute, as he got on the end of a right-wing cross and headed the ball beyond the Stars goalkeeper to put Arrows 1-0 up.

On the half-hour mark Abafana Bes’thende doubled their lead, with Danny Venter finding himself in space and getting away a shot which had the beating of Mzimela – the second goal arrived after a prolonged spell of pressure.

A frantic end to the first half saw both teams strike the woodwork in quick succession, but Arrows deserved their two-goal lead at the interval.

Dikwena came out fighting in the second stanza, with the early introduction of Bongi Ntuli giving their attack a focal point and more impetus, and a couple of minutes before the hour mark they pulled a goal back through defender Enocent Mkhabela.

Yet any hope Stars had of avoiding defeat were dashed in the 80th minute when Mutizwa completed his brace with a fine finish to make it 3-1 and seal the victory for Abafana Bes’thende.

Dikwena still had time to pull one more goal back in the dying seconds, as Gift Sithole capitalised from a goal-mouth scramble, but it wasn’t enough to stave off a 16th loss for the Rustenburg side.

Golden Arrows (2) 3 (Mutizwa 18’ 80’, Venter 30’)

Platinum Stars (0) 2 (Mkhabela 58’, Sithole 90+3’)


Arrows: Mbeava, Mzava, Mathiane, Mngwenge, Nonyane, Phiri, Venter (Mahachi 60’), Magubane (Buthelezi 65’), Ndwandwe, Shongwe (Bilankulu 79’), Magubane, Mutizwa

Stars: Mzimela, Mere, Sithole, Mkhabela, Mpeta (Tshabangu 67’), Senne (Ntuli 53’), Gome (Ng’ambi 74’), Baloyi, Phiri, Mekoa, Koapeng

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH PRINCESS MAGOGO STADIUM
GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
19. Knox Mutizwa (18') Enocent Mkhabela (58')
8. Danny Venter (30') 9. Letsie Koapeng (90 + 3')
19. Knox Mutizwa (79')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
21
18
Defender
5
Defender
5
Defender
73'
0
21
Defender
35'
2
Defender
20
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
54'
26
Midfielder
58'
0
Midfielder
79'
22
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
65'
27
Midfielder
19'
27
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
53'
0
Forward/Striker
30'
60'
8
Midfielder
73'
6
Forward/Striker
18'
79'
19
Forward/Striker
90 + 3'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kudakwashe Mahachi
Midfielder
60'
11
Bongi Ntuli
Forward/Striker
53'
0
Mzwandile Buthelezi
Defender
65'
0
Robert Ngambi
Midfielder
73'
22
Musa Bilankulu
Defender
79'
28
Nyiko Tshabangu
Midfielder
73'
0
CARDS
Danny Phiri
Midfielder
54'
26
Manti Mekoa
Midfielder
19'
27
Kudakwashe Mahachi
Midfielder
69'
11
Vuyo Mere
Defender
35'
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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