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Harry Gwala
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Platinum Stars
  • (52) Enocent Mkhabela

Mkhabela wins it for Dikwena

Match report: Platinum Stars beat Maritzburg United

Posted: 4 December 2012 Time: 09:43 pm

Platinum Stars moved up to third on the Premiership table with a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday night.

It is a seventh win in eight games for the in-form Dikwena, who achieved the success without two of their stalwarts this season in the suspended Vuyo Mere and injured Benson Mhlongo.

Each team ended the match with 10 men as Mohammed Awal and Sibusiso Msomi were both sent off for second yellow cards.

Enocent Mkhabela powered home a header for the only goal on the game in the second half.

The home side, however, had the better of the first half chances, with Delron Buckley and Awal forcing saves from Siyabonga Mpontshane, while Cuthbert Malajila fired a shot over goal.

The key moment of the game came on 50 minutes when Awal was dismissed for a challenge on Tintswalo Tshabalala, and just moments later Stars went ahead, when Patrick Malokase swung in a corner and Mkhabela headed home for his third goal of the season.

There was just one side in it after that, but after Mkhabela, Malokase and Msomi had all forced great saves from Shu-Aib Walters, they were given some nervy moments as Msomi received his marching orders.

But Dikwena held on for an excellent away win and Cavin Johnson will be pleased too with the clean-sheet, their sixth this season.

Next up for Maritzburg is a trip to Cape Town to face Ajax on Friday, while Stars are at home to Golden Arrows a day later.

HOME: Maritzburg United

  • 1 Shu-Aib Walters
  • 3 Mario Booysen
  • 4 Mohammed Awal
  • 13 Byrone Hendricks
  • 15 Ruben Cloete
  • 20 Thabang Matuka
  • 6 Michael Morton
  • 7 Delron Buckley
  • 10 Mthokozisi Yende
    78 mins - Philani Zulu
  • 19 Terrence Mandaza
    46 mins - Frank Sarfo-Gyamfi
  • 27 Cuthbert Malajila

AWAY: Platinum Stars

  • 23 Siyabonga Mpontshane
  • 12 Enocent Mkhabela
  • 26 Thabiso Semenya
  • 27 Tshepo Gumede
  • 31 Luvolwethu Mpeta
  • 3 Sibusiso Msomi
  • 11 Mogakolodi Ngele
    65 mins - Lindokuhle Mbatha
  • 14 Tintswalo Tshabalala
  • 28 Solomon Mathe
  • 7 Patrick Malokase
    73 mins - Robert Ng'ambi
  • 9 Henrico Botes
    80 mins - Siphelele Mthembu

Previous comments on this story...

Mosixty
posted: 10:04 pm
This league is tough as a nail........who would have thought P/stars beating Maritzburg United away
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 10:25 pm
Well done Platinum, good to see small teams competing

They call us RATS but spell that backwards and you get......... I give up

DTC '37
Thulz DEEPSTAR D.T.C
posted: 10:33 pm
who would have thought p/stars would be in the race for the championship..

all in the hands of local coaches.. but in the top 3, theres only one foreign coach who cooks cv's. bt i dnt c him succed. its the local coaches season
SDO-WAALIKHOOSI
posted: 06:39 am
KAIZER CHIEFS WERE ARRESTED FOR ABUSING ORLANDO AJAX 3-0
Guilty
posted: 09:10 am
when they all look at the top they see,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Khosification.
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