Evans Rusike of Supersport United challenged by Ayanda Gcaba of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Platinum Stars and Supersport United at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on 20 February 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Feb 20, 2018. 21:31
SuperSport United were held to a goalless stalemate by Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership clash at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Tuesday.
Neither side was able to take control of what was a frustrating match, and in the end a point apiece was a fair result.
SuperSport had the first effort on goal, in the eighth minute, as Clayton Daniels got on the end of Siyabonga Nhlapo’s cross and directed a header on target, only to see goalkeeper Dino Visser make a fine save.
Two minutes later Stars were controversially denied a goal, with Vuyo Mere beating Riyaad Pieterse to a through ball and scoring with a low shot, only to see the offside flag raised.
Television replays showed Letsie Koapeng was offside at the time the pass was played, but the striker pulled out of his run and got nowhere near the ball.
Midway through the first half Koapeng had a shot on target from just outside the penalty area, but Pieterse dived to his left to make a fine save, while Riyaad Norodien and Vuyo Mere also sent shots over the crossbar in the 10 minutes before the interval.
SuperSport came out with more intent at the start of the second half, but it was Dikwena who threatened again when young midfielder Charles Baloyi had a chance after a quick turn in the box, but he sent his effort just wide of the post.
United look to spark their attack to life by sending on substitutes Teboho Mokoena and Thabo Mnyamane, with the former somewhat unlucky to put a shot over the crossbar after bursting into the box to meet a left-wing cross in the 64th minute.
That proved to be the last real chance for either side, in a match which was dominated by the defences.
Dikwena remain bottom of the log and five points adrift of safety, while Matsatsantsa move up two places to 10th but missed out on a return to the top half of the table.
Platinum Stars 0
SuperSport United 0
Stars: Visser, Mthethwa, Sithole, Gcaba, Mere, Baloyi, Mekoa, Tshabangu (Mpeta 75’), Norodien, Koapeng (Matlakala 86’), Phiri Jr (Ng’ambi 57’)
SuperSport: Pieterse, Nhlapo, Gould, Daniels, Bhasera, Phala (Mnyamane 65’), Furman, Letsholonyane (Mbule 84’), Modiba, Ngele (Mokoena 58’), Rusike