Platinum Stars beat Maritzburg United in TKO

Platinum Stars beat Maritzburg United in TKO
Mxolisi Kunene of Maritzburg United challenged by Siphiwe Mnguni of Platinum Stars during 2017 Telkom Knockout match between Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 28 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 22:57

Platinum Stars overcame Maritzburg United 3-1 on penalties following a goalless draw in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

The victory sees Dikwena booking their place in the quarter-finals, while the Team of Choice are eliminated from the tournament.

Stars shot-stopper Dino Visser was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as he kept Maritzburg attackers at bay.

The 28-year-old made a decent save to deny Maritzburg striker Evans Rusike in the 24th minute as Maritzburg pressed for the opening goal.

The home side should have broken the deadlock just before the half-time break after the Stars defence was exposed.

However, Rusike, who represented Zimbabwe at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon, missed the target.

Stars then stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Visser was called into action a few minutes after the restart as Maritzburg continued to search for the opening goal.

The former Polokwane City shot-stopper pulled off a good save to deny Maritzburg striker Lebohang Maboe.

As the match progressed, Stars pressed Maritzburg and the visitors had a chance to break the deadlock in the 71st minute.

However, Zambian international Brian Mwila missed the target after controlling the ball very well in the Mariztburg half.

This proved to be the last chance of the match in regulation time and the game went into extra-time.

The only chance of the first-half of extra-time went to Stars full-back Siyabonga Zulu, who missed the target from a free-kick.

Rusike also missed the target from a promising positiion in the second-half of extra-time and a penalty shootout followed following a goalless draw.

Visser was the hero for Stars, who won 3-1 on penalties after the shot-stopper denied Liam Youlley and Mohau Mokate from the spot-kick.

Maritzburg (0) 0
P Stars (0) 0

Maritzburg: Ofori, Onyango (Fransman 70'), Xulu, Saal (Mekoa 69'), Sanoka, Rusike, Shandu, Makaringe, Maboe, Mokate, Kunene (Youlley 100').

P Stars: Visser, Mnguni, Zulu, Sithole, Mwedihanga, Mere, Masalesa, Monama (De Jongh 78'), Sesinyi (Ng'ambi 54'), Otladisa, Mwila (Ntuli 88')



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