Manzini hat-trick enough to see off Dikwena

2016-04-27 20:15
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Cape Town - Chippa United returned to winning ways in the Absa Premiership as they convincingly beat Platinum Stars 4-1 at Wolfson Stadium on Freedom Day.

The Chilli Boys had failed to win their five previous encounters in the league, which saw them slip down the standings, but they got off to a flying start in Port Elizabeth as Andile Mbenyane opened the scoring.

Dikwena were in the contest up until the 73rd minute when Lerato Manzini took centre-stage and scored a hat-trick to finish off the visitors, who managed a late consolation goal through Robert Ng'ambi.

Chippa made the better start and were celebrating the lead after just six minutes, Mbenyane beating the goalkeeper with a right-footed finish from Buyani Sali's pass.

There weren't many more goal-scoring chances in the first-half, although Cavin Johnson's men did threaten through Ng'ambi on 21 minutes as his strike from distance just cleared the crossbar by inches.

The visitors finished the half on the front foot with Solomon Mathe getting on the end of Tlou Segolela's corner, but just missed the target.

Manzini was then introduced on 59 minutes, replacing David Zulu, and the striker didn't take long to make an impact, scoring 13 minutes later as he converted a pass from Sali, who notched up his second assist of the match.

Manzini struck again on 84 minutes, this time latching onto a pass from Mbenyane before beating the keeper with ease.

Ng'ambi managed to pull one back for Stars three minutes later, but it proved a mere consolation as Manzini completed his three-goal haul in stoppage time to wrap up victory for Chippa.

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