Absa Premiership

Aces battle to hold Stars

2013-10-22 22:00
Dennis Masina (Backpage)
Rustenburg - Mpumalanga Black Aces twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at Platinum Stars in their PSL clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Tuesday night.


Dikwena were given an early lead by Mogakolodi Ngele, only for the visitors to hit back through Clifford Ngobeni in the second half.
Stars took the lead again through Henrico Botes, a record 28th goal for the North West side, but Dennis Masina came off the bench to earn a point for AmaZayoni.
The result was a fair one in a game in which both teams created enough chanced to have won.
Stars made the best possible start when Ngele latches onto Siphelele Mthembu’s pass to score, a lead they just about kept until halftime with Mpontshane making a fine save to keep out Ngobeni.
But the former Bafana Bafana midfielder was not to be denied as he netted five minutes after the break to make the score 1-1.
Botes restored the home side’s lead and in doing so moved past Dingane Masanabo to 28 goals for the club, the most in their PSL history.
That was the way it stayed until eight minutes from time when Swaziland international Masina came off the bench to secure a point for his team.
Both these sides will be in action over the weekend, with Stars away at Moroka Swallows on Friday night, while Black Aces host fellow strugglers Lamontville Golden Arrows on Saturday.

Platinum Stars
- (1) 2 (Ngele 2’, Botes 68’)
Black Aces - (0) 2 (Ngobeni 50’, Masina 82’)

Platinum Stars:
Mpontshane, Mere, Gumede, Mhlongo, Ngwepe, Nyanda, Sarr, Ng'ambi, Tshabalala (Mbatha 58’), Ngele (Botes 63’), S Mthembu
Black Aces: Nhlapo, Mabaso, Rooi, Nato, Borman, Qalinge (Tukane 76’), Ngalo, Zuke (Zwane 58’), Ngobeni, Okonkwo (Masina 77’), Khenyeza


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