Platinum Stars
  • Siphelele Mthembu (27)
  • Robert Ng'ambi (5)
  • Benson Mhlongo (66)
3 - 1
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
12/08/2012 15:00
Moroka Swallows
  • (68) Lerato Chabangu

Tintswalo Tshabalala of Stars challenged by Felix Obada of Swallows

Stars down Birds 3-1

Match report: Platinum Stars down Moroka Swallows 3-1

Posted: 12 August 2012 Time: 05:07 pm

Platinum Stars beat Moroka Swallows 3-1 in their opening Premiership match at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Sunday afternoon.

It was a deserved win for Stars, whose victory came thanks to goals from Robert Ng'ambi, Siphelele Mthembu and Benson Mhlongo. Lerato Chabangu scored a consolation for the visitors.

The home side netted first on five minutes as Joseph Malongoane's corner was expertly headed home by Ng'ambi, the Malawian international rising above Giorgi Nergadze to score.

Swallows almost scored when neat interplay between Lefa Tsutsulupa and Bennett Chenene saw the latter break the Stars defensive line, but his scuffed shot came off the foot of the post.

It was 2-0 for Stars just before the half-hour mark when Ng'ambi broke down the left-flank and his cross was perfect for Mthembu to side-foot home.

Nomvete should have pulled one back for Swallows when Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane dropped a routine long-ball at the feet of the Bafana Bafana striker. But with the goal gaping, he could only direct his shot onto Dikwena centre-back Thabiso Semenya, who had taken up a position on the line.

Stars then made the points safe when Mhlongo scored in his first outing for the side. Ngwepe swung over the corner and Mhlongo beat Ashraf Hendricks in the air to head past Etafia and into the far corner of the net.

Chabangu did pull a goal back as his fired home a wonderful free-kick from 25 yards, finding the top corner with a superb dink over the wall that left Mpontshane leaden-footed. Vuyo Mere was adjudged to have handled the ball on the edge of the area.

HOME: Platinum Stars

  • 23 Siyabonga Mpontshane
  • 2 Vuyo Mere
  • 4 Elias Ngwepe
  • 10 Benson Mhlongo
  • 19 Obert Moyo
  • 26 Thabiso Semenya
  • 3 Sibusiso Msomi
  • 14 Tintswalo Tshabalala
    57 mins - Thuso Phala
  • 22 Robert Ng'ambi
    72 mins - Patrick Malokase
  • 27 Joseph Molangoane
  • 32 Siphelele Mthembu
    80 mins - Mogakolodi Ngele

AWAY: Moroka Swallows

  • 34 Greg Etafia
  • 5 Giorgi Nergadze
  • 6 Ashraf Hendricks
  • 13 Gilbert Mapemba
  • 31 Shere Lekgothoane
  • 12 Lefa Tsutsulupa
    64 mins - Oscar Machapa
  • 14 Lerato Chabangu
  • 15 Benett Chenene
    69 mins - Mpho Maleka
  • 24 Felix Obada
  • 40 Macbeth Sibaya
    78 mins - Joseph Makhanya
  • 10 Siyabonga Nomvete

Previous comments on this story...

Inkomo
posted: 05:18 pm

Gordon where art thou.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:27 pm
The Swallows coach seem to forget that Swallows is also a big club with a rich history........Swallows deserve a better coach in my opinion.......
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:28 pm
Well done to Benson Mhlongo.....this a player with a big heart.
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 05:45 pm
Well done to Stars. This players truelly enjoy working with Mr Johnson. What a coach. It promises to be an exciting season.
fourbyfour
posted: 06:15 pm
whaaaaaaa if swallows will play like this nxt wikend....shame on them coz sundunusa will sex them n they'll give swallows CEO evry reason to fire the coach...congrats to the stars they playd well
T.o.u.c.h
posted: 06:38 pm
EH EH
Tshintsha
posted: 06:44 pm
Swallows, Amazulu, Chippa United and Maritzburg United WILL BE CANDIDATES FOR RELEGATION BATTLE THIS SEASON! They did NOT ADD QUALITY PLAYERS to their squads!
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 06:48 pm
It ws a wel deserved win 4 stars, n congrats 2 stars. I dnt lyk to single out individuals 4 da team's failure 2 win bt I must say our coach sucks, He is da reasn we lost dat gme. How da hell do u keep Makhanya on da Bench while Obada is failing 2 deliver even a single cross frm da right? How on earth do u keep Sibaya longer in da gme if He is failing our midfield? How did they let Mayinga go n held on to Lekgothoane? We were very poor on our right n left back. Da less said abwt Maleka da better, swallows must just sign Mahoota to relieve us of da pain being inflicted 2 us by Maleka's presence in da team. If dis coach does nt do as a coach wen da team is nt doing well, He must b fired b4 he books us a permanent position at da bottom of da log 4 da entire seasn. Next tym I would lyk to see both Makhanya n Mathebula back in da startng line coz they were da reason why we were always happy last seasn. I am bleeding Bird.
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 07:06 pm
@Tshintsha.....Swallows has gud quality players who were jst nt properly utilised by da coach 2day, hence We lost da gme bt dis cn b rectified n daz nt make swallows to b relegation candidates. There is no serious crisis at swallows as yet, dis wl serve as a gud learning curve 4 Marques, If He has got a brain, He cn stl go on n win da league irrespective of 2day's results. I am a bleeding Bird afta wat Marques did 2us @ Rustenburg.
Mbuyiswa
posted: 07:49 pm
Congra 2 Mhlongo & Mthembu 4 gtng goals in deir 1st Pstarz colourz.Hard luck swaiswai,hop u wl gv us a gud game nxt wknd.
http://www.insurance-direct.co.za
posted: 12:37 am
Congratulations to Stars
Finidi_(A Khosi By Choice)
posted: 07:56 am
So many goals scored in the opening week, hopefully teams will keep this up, its good on the eyes. KHOSI RISING
thuth teller
posted: 08:10 am
Gordon's hard work is slowly demolishing.poor Swallows
Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 02:20 pm
Swallows doing what their good at "going down" slowly
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