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Match report: AmaZulu into Telkom Knockout quarters with win over Platinum Stars

Posted: 21 October 2012 Time: 17:10

Ayanda Dlamini scored an injury-time winner as AmaZulu came from a goal down to beat Platinum Stars 2-1 and book a place in the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout.

AmaZulu created the first scoring chance of the match in the eighth minute, with Siyabonga Mpontshane forced to come quickly off his line to deny Ayanda Dlamini, while Mkhokheli Dube was unable to capitalise on the resulting loose ball.

On 12 minutes it was Stars' turn to threaten a goal, as the hosts were unable to clear their lines from a corner-kick and the ball fell kindly in the penalty area for attackers Thabani Mthembu and Robert Ng'ambi, who got in each other's way as the chance went begging.

Midway through the first half Dlamini had another sight of goal from a tight angle, resulting in a weak shot which was easily saved by Mpontshane. It did appear as if the Usuthu striker was pushed in the back by Benson Mhlongo as he got away the shot, but the referee was uninterested in appeals for a penalty.

On 32 minutes the hosts had another chance to open the scoring, with Dube rounding the goalkeeper only to be stymied by some good defending as he attempted to get a shot into the unguarded net.

Dikwena upped their game in the second half and just seven minutes after the restart they broke the deadlock through a well-worked team goal. Vuyo Mere provided a teasing cross from the right, Ng'ambi provided a knock-down and Vuyo Mere crashed home a left-footed volley that gave goalkeeper Philani Zikalala no chance.

Three minutes later winger Joseph Molangoane had a chance to double the visitors' advantage when he was faced with only the keeper to beat, but his low shot allowed Zikalala to make a smothering save.

With just under 15 minutes to play, AmaZulu levelled the game. Thokozani Mshengu's goal-bound shot was well saved by Mpontshane, but the rebound hit the foot of the unfortunate Enocent Mkhabela and rolled into the net for an own goal – it was Mkhabela's first touch, having come off the bench just a minute earlier.

Usuthu completed the turnaround in injury at the end of the 90, with Dlamini sprinting onto a through-ball in a counter attack before providing an ice-cool finish to send his side into the quarter-finals.

Previous comments on this story...

EDDIE 4 KHOSI
posted: 05:36 pm
Well done USuthu...a great come back,i know they gonna be drawn against PIRATES in the next round and also the league game is against the same ghosts,however,on both matches PRATES won't be able to score SIX goals against them as we did in one game
The Ghost
posted: 05:43 pm
eddie 4 khosi, you sound pathetic man ... fact is YOU LOST! YOU ARE OUT OF THE COMPETITION, a competition you swore you were going to win. Entlik ni zo riza nini? When are you going to rise? And how long having you been singing that song?
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 05:51 pm
@Eddie 4 Khosi

Me too my bru I was thinking about same thing, for sure Amakakaniya won't score more than a single goal against Usuthu, two matches combine if they draw against each on each other, unless if brown envelop is conformed.
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 07:14 pm
SOME PEOPLE NEVER STOP TO EMBARRASS THEMSELVES. NOW I BELIEVE THAT HOWEVER PAINFUL YOU HURT A ZEBRA, IT KEEPS COMING BACK FOR MORE. I THOUGHT A DOUBLE TRBRLE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LESSON BUT BOY WAS I WRONG. EVEN AFTER TTC, I'M SURE THEY WOULD STILL WANT TO COMPARE THEMSELVES WITH THE MIGHTY BUCCANEERS.
indigo
posted: 08:46 pm
erttdtrfh
BhakaniyaSpokesman
posted: 12:46 am
The General - Soccer Dudeposted: 07:14 pm
SOME PEOPLE NEVER STOP TO EMBARRASS THEMSELVES. NOW I BELIEVE THAT HOWEVER PAINFUL YOU HURT A ZEBRA, IT KEEPS COMING BACK FOR MORE. I THOUGHT A DOUBLE TRBRLE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LESSON BUT BOY WAS I WRONG. EVEN AFTER TTC, I'M SURE THEY WOULD STILL WANT TO COMPARE THEMSELVES WITH THE MIGHTY BUCCANEERS.

That's true bhakaniya,I must agree with you on that.
All the guys that are still trying to save face do sound like masochists.

It's time for them to admit it's over now for them this year and fill in that glory story in their list of 2013 resolutions.
Back 2 back Treble Champ
posted: 06:52 am
We Dnt need to beat Amazulu by 6 goals to nil to close the weak zebra gap, an we Dnt need the same scoreline to go thru tho the semis, see u zebras worry abt the small things instead of asking Selina to return the stollen panties to Woolworths
Meggido
posted: 08:50 am
,however,on both matches PRATES won't be able to score SIX goals against them as we did in one game.
A ZEBRA COMMENT MAKES ME LAUGH Hhahahahahahahahahahhahahahha,
You should have scored those six against Wits, 6 - 3 was going to put you to the next round.
The DRAW for next round is still to be made and how do you know Amazulu will face BUCS??
khalambhazi
posted: 03:04 pm
atleast amazulu,thing were tough mani
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