Absa Premiership

Survival hope for Platinum Stars after Polokwane win

2018-04-07 23:00
Bongi Ntuli (Supplied)

Cape Town - Platinum Stars gave themselves a glimmer of hope as far as avoiding relegation from the Absa Premiership is concerned after they beat Polokwane City 2-0 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday night.

The result breaks a 10-game winless streak in the league for Dikwena and although they remain at the foot of the table, they have at least closed to within three points of second-from-last Ajax Cape Town.

Rise and Shine are placed in the relative safety of 13th, though with only six points separating them from the red zone, they still have some work to do this season to ensure they retain their top-flight status.

The match got off to a sluggish start and neither side seemed able to move through the gears in what was a disappointing first half of football.

Stars looked marginally the more fluent team in the opening 30 minutes and created half chances for the likes of Bongi Ntuli and Riyaad Norodien, and while they had a few shots on target, City goalkeeper George Chigova was never truly tested.

The visitors gradually gained more confidence as the match went on and in the final 10 minutes of the first half they began to build some pressure on the hosts, though wayward shooting from Mondli Miya and Walter Musona left the game locked at 0-0 at the interval.

Stars started strongly in the second half, with Wangu Gome and Ntuli each coming close to opening the scoring within the first couple of minutes after the restart, while in the 52nd minute Ayanda Gcaba had a free header from a right-wing cross, but sent his glancing effort wide of the far post.

Around the hour mark Dikwena were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty, as City defender Thapelo Tshilo handled the ball while sliding along the ground, only for the assistant referee to ignore Ntuli’s vociferous appeals.

In the 66th minute the PSL’s leading marksman this season, Rise and Shine forward Rodney Ramagalela, should have added to his tally when he was teed up with a great sight of goal in the penalty area, only to slice his effort wide of the mark.

The deadlock was finally broken with 15 minutes of regulation time remaining: Stars substitute Gerald Phiri Jr played a great ball into the box from a free-kick and Ntuli flicked home a header to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

Polokwane very nearly claimed an equaliser less than three minutes later, as Rendani Ndou got on the end of a corner kick from Jabu Maluleke and sent a header goal-wards, only to see it rebound off the crossbar.

Stars killed off the game deep in injury time when Phiri showed great composure in the box to open up space for a shot before slamming the ball past the goalkeeper to seal a 2-0 win.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Free State Stars v Golden Arrows, Goble Park 19:30
Friday, 26 October 2018
Wits v Highlands Park, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 27 October 2018
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Polokwane City v Maritzburg United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v AmaZulu, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 20:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.