Rustenburg - Platinum Stars managed to hold on to third
place in the Absa Premiership despite losing 3-2 to Bloemfontein Celtic in a
league match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday night.
Fortunately for Dikwena, Kaizer Chiefs failed to beat Free
State Stars and played to a 2-2 draw in a league match at the same time.
That result combined with Platinum Stars’ loss leaves the
Rustenburg-based side in third place on the table with 47 points, a point above
Chiefs with one league game to go this season.
Celtic, on the other hand, moved up to tenth place with 35
points, four points behind ninth placed SuperSport United and unable to qualify
for the top eight.
On the half hour mark Celtic opened the scoring when Lyle
Lakay played Thapelo Morena through on goal and he made no mistake with just
the keeper to beat, 1-0.
The home side levelled matters four minutes into the second
half when Eleazar Rodgers headed home a Vuyo Mere cross, 1-1.
In the 52nd minute Platinum Stars took the lead after a long
range shot from Letladi Madubanya found the corner of the goal, 2-1.
Ten minutes later Lakay restored parity once more after a
powerful 24-yard free-kick from the Celtic man hit the back of the net to make
Lakay turned provider in the 74th minute when a clever pass
from him set substitute Fiston Abduol Razak into space and he duly finished to
make it 3-2.
Platinum Stars were afforded a chance to steal a point in
the dying seconds of the game when Musa Nyatama brought down Ndumiso Mabena
inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Vuyo Mere stepped up for the home side, but saw his penalty
brilliantly saved by Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb which earned the away
side the win.