Cape Town - Platinum
Stars claimed their first win in the Absa Premiership this season by defeating
Golden Arrows 2-0 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.
Tshabalala and Eleazar Rodgers netted for Dikwena, who remain unbeaten in the
league this term, while for Abafana Bes’thende it is a first loss since their
return to the top flight.
began the game with a hunger for an early goal and Masibusane Zongo shot wide
of goalkeeper Philani Zikalala’s posts as early as the fourth minute. Just two
minutes later the home side claimed the lead, with Tintswalo Tshabalala scoring
from Eleazar Rodgers’ assist to make it 1-0.
the early shock of going behind, Arrows looked to gain a foothold in the game
and had a couple of threatening moments from the likes of Mabhuti Khenyeza and
Rodney Ramagalela, though nothing to particularly trouble Stars ‘keeper
doubled their advantage a few minutes before the break, with Vuyo Mere
providing a cross which was headed into the back of the net by striker Eleazar
Rodgers, ensuring the hosts went to half time with a 2-0 lead.
Bes’thende made a better start to the second half and nearly halved the deficit
in the 53rd minute, with defender Siyabonga Dube heading an effort
against the crossbar from Nkanyiso Cele’s corner kick.
Durban team missed further chances through Mwape Musonda and Khenyeza, who both
put efforts wide of the target in the 66th and 69th
minutes respectively. These proved to be the last notable chances of the match,
with Stars able to hold out and ensure they claimed all three points on offer.