Platinum Stars edge Highlands in Rustenburg

Tintswalo Tshabalala © Backpagepix
Tintswalo Tshabalala © Backpagepix

Platinum Stars have edged Highlands Park 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Dikwena struck in the dying minutes of the game through Robert Ng’ambi to claim a victory which takes them to the 30-point mark and essentially ends any fears of relegation.

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 halftime 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

This article was sourced from the PSL website.

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