Absa Premiership: Platinum Stars vs Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 13 March 2016 Time: 14:57
Platinum Stars built on their midweek win over Kaizer Chiefs with a 3-0 defeat of Ajax Cape Town in Rustenburg on Sunday.
Stars, who beat Chiefs 2-0 on Wednesday, dispatched Ajax via a brace from Bongi Ntuli and goal by Vuyo Mere at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
The victory took Stars to position three on the Absa Premiership standings, while Ajax remained 10th on the table with eight matches left.
Dikwena goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela and Ajax shot-stopper Anssi Jaakkola were both tested in the opening stages of the game, but did well to prevent an early goal.
The home side had the ball in the back of the net in the 20th minute when Eleazar Rodgers fired past Jaakkola, but the referee immediately blew for offside.
Dikwena should have taken the lead in the 34th minute when Ndumiso Mabena set up Robert Ng'ambi inside the Ajax box, but the latter was brilliantly denied by Jaakkola from close range.
However, the home crowd did not have to wait long for Stars' opening goal as Ng'ambi combined with Ntuli, who beat Jaakkola two minutes later.
The Urban Warriors then pressed Dikwena for the equalising goal. However, Cavin Johnson's men managed to contain Ajax until the referee blew the half-time whistle.
Dikwena made the first change of the game 10 minutes after the restart, introducing midfielder Sibusiso Msomi for centre forward Rodgers.
In the 63rd minute, Stars duo Masibusane Zongo and Mere combined and the latter scored with a right-footed finish to double the home side's side.
The Urban Warriors pushed forward in numbers nine minutes later and Tashreeq Morris forced Stars shot-stopper Mzimela into a good low save with a header.
Ntuli grabbed his brace with a good finish in the 84th minute after combining with Malawi international Ng'ambi.
In the 89th minute, Ajax winger Riyaad Norodien's shot was blocked by Stars full-back Siyabonga Zulu as the home side stood firm at the back until the referee blew the final whistle.
HOME: Platinum Stars
Coach: Cavin Johnson
AWAY: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Roger de Sa