Match report: Platinum Stars beat Golden Arrows in 10-goal thriller
Posted: 8 December 2012 Time: 22:15
Platinum Stars beat Golden Arrows 6-4 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday evening.
The victory, which has overshadowed the 1-1 Soweto Derby earlier in the day, moves Dikwena to within three points of League leaders Kaizer Chiefs and level on points with second-placed Orlando Pirates.
It is Stars' eighth win in their last nine games, though none have been as thrilling.
Norman Smith, Musa Bilankulu (brace) and Bhekisizwe Nkosi were all on the scoresheet for Arrows, while the home side netted through Henrico Botes (two), Mogakolodi Ngele (two), Siphelele Mthembu and Thuso Phala.
Stars were in command from the first and they scored twice inside the first 14 minutes. Botes' excellent ball set Ngele away and he provided an expert left-footed finish.
The same two players combined again for the second, this time Ngele feeding Botes for the Namibian international to increase his side's advantage.
Smith reduced the deficit on 19 minutes, showing expert control to pull the ball down and score from Sibusiso Hadebe's cross.
Two goals in two minutes from Bilankulu then turned the game in Arrows' favour. His first followed a mistake from Stars keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane, who could not cleanly collect, and the Arrows defender turned the loose ball home.
Bilankulu got his brace on 29 minutes, producing a fine long-range score to put his side in front.
Nkosi scored his side's fourth in just his second start for the team. He blasted the ball home from a tight angle after being set up by Mzuvukile Tom.
Mpontshane was forced into a fine save in the opening minute of the first half as he turned Gabuza's shot around the post.
But Stars were next on the scoresheet, Thamsanqa Mkhize felled Ngele in the penalty area and Botes coolly slotted home the spot-kick to make the score 4-3.
And the brilliant Ngele drew Stars level just shy of the hour-mark when he netted from Thuso Phala's pass as the scoring continued unabated.
Mthembu put Dikwena ahead in the final minute as he pounced on a great lay-off from Botes.
And Phala made the points safe as he scored his side's sixth, with Botes again the provider.
HOME: Platinum Stars
- 23 Siyabonga Mpontshane
- 2 Vuyo Mere
- 12 Enocent Mkhabela
- 22 Luvolwethu Mpeta
- 27 Tshepo Gumede
- 11 Mogakolodi Ngele
69 mins - Siphelele Mthembu
- 13 Thuso Phala
- 14 Tintswalo Tshabalala
48 mins - Lindokuhle Mbatha
- 22 Robert Ng'ambi
- 28 Solomon Mathe
- 21 Henrico Botes
90 mins - Patrick Malokase
AWAY: Golden Arrows
- 21 Pavels Steinbors
- 2 Mzuvukile Tom
- 4 Ritus Krjauklis
- 4 Joseph Musonda
- 13 Sibusiso Hadebe
- 28 Musa Bilankulu
- 20 Jabulani Nene
- 27 Thamsanqa Mkhize
82 mins - Thanduyise Khuboni
- 29 Bhekisizwe Nkosi
58 mins - Mxolisi Macuphu
- 9 Norman Smith
- 31 Thamsanqa Gabuza
80 mins - Stanton Lewis