Cape Town - Platinum Stars held Highlands Park to a 2-2 draw in
the team's Absa Premiership match at Makhulong Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Dikwena fought back from two goals down to secure a
draw against the Lions of the North, though the result doesn’t help either side
move decisively clear of the relegation zone at the bottom of the log.
The early minutes of the match were evenly
contested, but Stars gradually began to take control of the game and threatened
the opening goal just before the midway point of the first half when Siyabonga
Zulu sent a shot just over the crossbar direct from a free kick.
On 27 minutes Dikwena were inches away from taking
the lead when midfielder Solomon Mathe let fly with a powerful effort from the
edge of the box, but the ball rebounded off the crossbar – much to the relief
of Highlands goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.
Yet the hosts claimed the advantage against the run
of play just a minute later, with Mothobi Mvala getting on the end of Franklin
Cale’s corner kick to score with a header. And the Lions of the North quickly
doubled their lead: Cale was again the architect, providing another fine corner
kick for Charlton Mashumba to finish right-footed on the half hour mark for
Stars hit back straight away, as midfielder Robert
Ng’ambi provided a fine finish in the 33rd minute to make it 2-1,
and on the stroke of half time Benson Shilongo got on the end of a Vuyo Mere
assist to take the score to 2-2 and complete an entertaining first 45 minutes
The scoring chances continued to flow for the
visitors in the early minutes of the second half, with Henrico Botes heading
just over the bar, Shilongo firing wide and Ndumiso Mabena hitting the woodwork
with a free kick.
Dikwena continued to look the better team as the
minutes ticked by and in the latter stages they created a great chance for
Mabena, but the attacker was denied by a fine save from Kapini to ensure the
match finished on level terms.