Platinum Stars edge Arrows

2012-12-08 22:31
Henrico Botes (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Platinum Stars edged a 10-goal thriller when they defeated Lamontville Golden Arrows 6-4 in an Absa Premiership clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.
The victory, which has overshadowed the 1-1 Soweto Derby earlier in the day, moves Dikwena to within three points of league leaders Kaizer Chiefs and level on points with second-placed Orlando Pirates. It is their eighth win in their last nine games, though none have been as thrilling.
Norman Smith, Musa Bilankulu (brace) and Bhekisizwe Nkosi were all on the scoresheet for Arrows, while the home side netted through Henrico Botes (two), Mogakolodi Ngele (two), Siphelele Mthembu and Thuso Phala.
Stars were in command as they scored twice inside the first 14 minutes. Botes’ excellent ball set Ngele away and he provided an expert left-footed finish.
The same two players combined again for the second, this time Ngele feeding Botes for the Namibian international to increase his side’s advantage.
Smith reduced the deficit on 19 minutes, showing expert control to pull the ball down and score from Sibusiso Hadebe’s cross.
Two goals in two minutes from Bilankulu then turned the game in Arrows’ favour. His first followed a mistake from Stars keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane, who could not cleanly collect and the Arrows defender turned the loose ball home.
Bilankulu got his brace on 29 minutes, producing a fine long-range score to put his side in front.
Nkosi scored his side’s fourth in just his second start for the team. He blasted the ball home from a tight angle after being set-up by Mzuvukile Tom.
Mpontshane was forced into a fine save in the opening minute of the first half as he turned Gabuza’s shot around the post.
But Stars were next on the scoresheet, Thamsanqa Mkhize felled Ngele in the penalty area and Botes coolly slotted home the spot-kick to make the score 4-3.
And the brilliant Ngele drew Stars level just shy of the hour-mark when he netted from Thuso Phala’s pass as the scoring continued unabated.
Mthembu put Dikwena ahead in the final minute as he pounced on a great lay-off from Botes.
And Phala made the points safe as he scored his side’s sixth, Botes again the provider.  

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