Absa Premiership

Stars and Stars in stalemate

2017-10-21 22:44
Edward Manqele (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Free State Stars and Platinum Stars drew 1-1 in their Absa Premiership match at the Goble Park stadium on Saturday night.

The draw sees Ea Lla Koto remain seventh on the league standings, while Dikwena remain 16th on the table.

There were no real chances in the first 15 minutes of the match as the two sides battled for control of the midfield.

Robert Ng'ambi had a chance to put Dikwena into the lead in the 22nd minute, but the midfielder placed his header wide of the target.

However, Dikwena did break the deadlock 11 minutes later through Bonginkosi Ntuli after the visitors were awarded a penalty.

Ntuli, who is on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns, fired past Ea Lla Koto goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare from the spot-kick to make it 1-0 to Dikwena.

The visitors had a chance to make it 2-0 in the 36th minute, but promising attacking midfielder Katlego Otladisa missed the target.

Ea Lla Koto then pressed Dikwena with the half-time break fast approaching and the hosts managed to level matters.

It was Edward Manqele, who beat Dikwena 'keeper Dino Visser to make it 1-1 in the 43rd minute with Sinethemba Jantjie grabbing an assist.

Roger De Sa, the Dikwena coach, introduced Thobani Kunene four minutes after the restart as the visitors looked to restore their lead.

Kunene tried to make an immediate impact, but his header was saved by Ea Lla Koto shot-stopper Sangare in the 54th minute.

Dikwena, who were searching for their first league win of the season, continued to attack and in the 63rd minute Ryan De Jongh's goal bound effort was deflected out.

Ea Lla Koto coach Luc Eymael reacted by pulling out striker Manqele and he introduced Rooi Mahamutsa, a defender by trade with 16 minutes left.

The home side managed to contain Dikwena in the closing stages and ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

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