Johannesburg - Platinum Stars secured a
narrow 1-0 win over SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on
Saturday but missed out on a top-eight finish in the Premiership.
In a tight game with little to separate the sides, Stars
pounced shortly after half time before holding on determinedly against a
SuperSport side who had much less to play for on the day.
The home team had the early chances, but Morgan Gould sent a
fifth minute header over goal before Bradley Grobler directed a 10th minute shot
was fired straight at Stars keeper Steven Hoffman.
Stars came into the game around the 15 minute mark as Benson
Shilongo sent a shot wide before he was denied by Ronwen Williams.
But the Pretoria team soon gained the initiative again as
forward Jeremy Brockie had an effort ruled out for off-side, before in-form
Thabo Mnyamane curled an effort over on the half hour mark.
The last opportunity of the half fell to home defender
Onismor Bhasera, but from range he smashed his shot over goal.
The complexion of the game was changed just a minute after
the restart when Bonginkosi Ntuli fired Dikwena into the lead.
Matsatsantsa came back looking for an equaliser, but
Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Thuso Phala both failed to hit the target.
Letsholonyane missed another late opportunity as Cavin
Johnson's side clinched the win which saw them overtaking Ajax Cape Town but
Golden Arrows last ditch victory over Orlando Pirates saw them steal eighth
place - ahead of Dikwena.