Cape Town - Golden Arrows took a big leap towards securing a top-eight spot
as they overcame relegated Platinum Stars 3-2 in an exciting contest at
the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.
It was the visitors that started brighter in Durban and they could
have hit the front after only nine minutes when Gome managed to get
behind the home defence and rattled the post with his shot from the edge
of the box, with Maximilian Mbaeva only watching on.
Five minutes later, Mutizwa drew a sharp save out of Mbongeni Mzimela
with his effort from the middle of the box after he was picked out by
Then came the opener and it arrived from a quick throw-in on the
right that caught Stars by surprise, with Velemseni Ndwandwe picking out
Mutizwa in the middle – the Zimbabwean this time making no mistake with
a strong header.
Just before the half hour, Siphelele Magubane led an excellent
counter-attack that ended with Venter ballooning over, but the ex-Free
State Stars midfielder made no mistake moments later when he was given a
few extra seconds by his marker and tucked away Jabulani Shongwe's
There was drama before the interval as first Sithole hit the post
with Dikwena unlucky to pull a goal back, before Ndwandwe did the same
from the other end, Mzimela's finger also aiding Stars from falling
further behind with what proved the final action of the half.
Stars pulled a goal back 13 minutes into the second half, though, as Ntuli's downward header was bundled in by Mkhabela.
After further chances for Mutizwa and Ndwandwe, the former made the
game safe in the 80th minute when he tucked away another good ball from
Sithole did manage to pull another one back for the Rustenburg
outfit, but it came in stoppage time when Sithole bundled in as Arrows