Platinum Stars and Vasco da Gama tie
Posted: 9 January 2011 Time: 17:38
Platinum Stars completed their seventh draw in 13 games via a 1-1 stale-mate with Vasco da Gama in an Absa Premiership game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Stars took control early on and would have been 1-0 inside 10 minutes had Phelelani Mpangase’s shot not struck his team-mate Thuso Phala, who was stationed on the line during a Dillon Sheppard corner kick.
There was also a shot from Brad Grobler in the 14th minute that went marginally wide of the post as Stars continued to enjoy the better of the game.
Playing with five in midfield, Vasco were able enjoy a fair amount of ball in that area, but when it came to linking with Sibusiso Zuma up front, there wasn’t much joy for the lone striker.
Mpangase’s afternoon was ended early when the former Nathi Lions defender lost a tooth after taking an elbow from Zeka Karkee.
A 0-0 half time score would have been a good outcome for the Cape side, but they went one better with an injury time goal from Jonathan Armogam.
Armogam netted his third goal of the season, scoring from close range as he profited from Zuma’s good work down the left, which saw keeper Tapuwa Kapini spilling the ball into his path.
Stars were back on top after the restart, regularly getting the ball into the Vasco box.
But Kagiso Senemela, on at half time, missed a 54th minute chance, while Brad Grobler and Sibusiso Msomi both hit the side-netting from either flank.
It seemed nothing that Stars could do would result in a goal, and when the equaliser did come, indeed it was from the spot and not open play.
It didn’t matter to Grobler however, who sent Postnett Omony the wrong way to score what on the balance of play was a deserved 74th minute equaliser.
Omony however saw to it that Vasco stayed in the game eight minutes later when he made a world-class diving header to push out Grobler’s goal-bound header, ensuring that Carlos das Neve’s team returned with a point to the Cape.