Absa Premiership

'Downs held by Dikwena

2015-04-22 21:54
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo)

Pretoria - Platinum Stars have rallied from behind to clinch a vital point in a 1-1 draw with a bitterly disappointed Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night.

Following a goalless first period, Pitso Mosimane's men claimed the lead on 50 minutes through skipper Alje Schut, only for Mogakolodi Ngele to put Stars back on level pegging in the 67th minute.

The hosts controlled first-half proceedings and created a number of good goalscoring opportunities, while Stars struggled to fashion clear-cut chances.

Downs' first chance of the game arrived after just two minutes of play, as Teko Modise fired over from a free-kick after Solomon Mathe was adjudged to have handled the ball.

Modise turned provider later on, after picking out Schut with an inviting cross. However, the defender was unable to direct his headed effort on target after mistiming his jump.

At the opposite end of the pitch, Dikwena's best chance of the half fell to Robert Ng'ambi on 16 minutes. However, the striker was denied by Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene when through on goal.

However, it was the home side who ended the first half in the ascendancy, as Themba Zwane fired just wide in the 21st minute, before seeing his effort just before the half-time break kept out by Stars 'keeper Kabelo Dambe.

Sundowns picked up where they left off in the first half, as half-time substitute Mzikayise Mashaba forced Dambe into action just two minutes after entering the fray.

They eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 50th minute. Modise whipped in a dangerous looking cross and this time Schut converted the chance, guiding a powerful header into the back of the net.

Stars did muster a response, though, having been forced to sit back and defend for large passages of play. Ngele bagged the all-important goal for the visitors after beating the 'keeper with a sublime free-kick.

The equaliser galvanised Stars, as they held on to claim a share of the spoils, in what could prove to be a vital result in their quest to beat the drop.

For Downs, meanwhile, it's back to the drawing board after seeing Kaizer Chiefs reclaim the Premiership title with a 4-1 victory over Polokwane City.

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