Stars sneak past Leopards

2012-03-18 17:56
Enocent Mkhabela and Raymond Monama (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - An 87th-minute winner from substitute Chiukepo Msowoya gave Platinum Stars a 3-2 victory over Black Leopards in their Premiership match at Giyani Stadium, in Limpopo, on Sunday.

On the pitch for under a quarter of an hour, Msowoya stepped up to score the winner with three minutes of normal time remaining in the match.

Msowoya was on the end of a cross on the left hand side of the box, and his perfectly struck header rifled into the corner of the net, to seal his team's second win away from home this season.

With the scores locked at 2-2 after the first half, the game seemed destined for a draw.

Four strikes came in the first period as both teams looked to settle for a share of the points in the second stanza.

Both captains -- Stars' Robert Ng'ambi and Leopards' Mongezi Bobe -- made significant contributions, each scoring a brace in the first period.

With the win, Platinum Stars moved up to 12th place with 22 points from 20 games, while Leopards remained second from bottom with 14 points, with only Jomo Cosmos below them in the standings.

The first half saw a flurry of goals, with Stars going 2-0 up within 11 minutes of the kickoff.

Ng'ambi exploited some poor Leopards defence to score the opener in the second minute. From a throw-in, the ball was allowed to bounce in the box and Ng'ambi obliged with the time and space he was afforded as he slotted in the first goal.

Nine minutes later the Stars skipper was on hand to double his side's lead. He found himself in the same position in the box and had time to manoeuvre and find the target past Leopards keeper Postnett Omony.

The two-goal cushion lasted all of 15 minutes for the home side, as the opposing captain, Bobe, struck back with a stunning effort. His shot along the ground from outside the area gave the Leopards keeper no chance.

Heading towards the break, in the 40th minute, Bobe scored his second with a volley from the right hand side of the box to send the teams into the interval locked at 2-2.

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