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Premier Soccer League match report Platinum Stars 1-4 Golden Arrows

Posted: 19 April 2014 Time: 14:47

Golden Arrows showed they still want to be in the Premiership with a 4-1 humbling of Platinum Stars in Rustenburg on Saturday afternoon.

Arrows recorded their fifth win of the season thanks to goals from Thanduyise Khuboni, Festus Mbewe, Rudolph Bester and Man of the Match Bongi Ntuli, while Siphelele Mthembu netted for Dikwena at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Abafana Bes’thende remain odds-on favourites to finish bottom of the log and be demoted directly to the National First Division, but this victory is a confidence-booster that at least ensures they have something to fight for in their next League fixture.

After a tame opening half hour, the match came to life just over ten minutes before the end of the first half. Khuboni converted his eighth penalty of the League season to put the visitors 1-0 up in the 34th minute, with the spot kick having been awarded after Philani Shange was adjudged to have been tripped by Sibusiso Hadebe.

However, Arrows’ lead lasted just 10 minutes. A high-foot foul in the away side’s 18-yard area gave Stars an indirect free-kick. Vuyo Mere teed the ball up for Mthembu to blast a shot into the roof of the net and make it 1-1.

It seemed the teams would head into the interval on level terms, but Mbewe capitalised on an unfortunate slip from Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane, who lost his footing in trying to intercept a long ball and allowed the Zambian an easy finish for 2-1 in injury time at the end of the first half.

Arrows almost extended their lead in the 54th minute when substitute Bester drove forward on a strong run and powered a low drive on target, but Mpontshane redeemed himself with an excellent diving save to his right.

However, Mpontshane was completely beaten by the same Bester just three minutes later – the former Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates player stole the ball off Stars’ defence before firing a stunning long-range drive into the top corner to make it 3-1.

The Stars keeper’s afternoon went from bad to worse in the 65th minute. He completely misjudged a long ball from his counterpart Arthur Bartman and allowed Ntuli to get round him on the by-line and enjoy a tap-in goal to extend the visitors’ lead to 4-1.

Livefyre comments on this story...

nthaudiwalekhosi
posted: 2014-04-19 13:57:29

Arrows will take this one....This dikwenas only swims well when playing against Chiefs!!!

Fashion4
posted: 2014-04-19 14:29:41

p/stars sliced into pieces.

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-04-19 14:52:27

Yho yho yho! Platinum stars was killed by abafana bestande, 5 goal triller. Arrows are going out with a bang while we'll definitely not see stars in the mtn8 to defend it, another one bites the dust just like swallows did.great going down party for arrows. Once and always bucs.

Deezle
posted: 2014-04-19 14:54:54

They only beat chiefs....fucken loosers

Diskiaddict
posted: 2014-04-19 15:08:01

Ha eshwa ya raha. Too late for Arrows.

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2014-04-19 15:08:01

Why arrows didn't play like that all seasons?

eish gone our six pointer bhakajujus.

srangayi
posted: 2014-04-19 15:18:31

You ruin our run Freeze: where are you now??

Eyayapirates( tjokotja)
posted: 2014-04-19 15:19:53

Mpontjane brown envelope..............

Mashookooshooooooooooooookooooooooo

Eyaya pirates

soulprovider10
posted: 2014-04-19 15:27:02

Ai Mpontjane must be investigated...

Shoesfire
posted: 2014-04-19 15:29:02

If Platinum Stars were only playing against Chiefs in the PSL they will be gunning for the league now...how can u beat log leaders and a big team and be humilliated by a bottom of the league and a small team like Arrows?Platinum Stars players hv a bad mental problem badlalela nje ukuzithengisa xa benje kaloku.

cmash
posted: 2014-04-19 16:54:07

against chiefs n pirates this team plays like possessed freaks

gebhula4sure
posted: 2014-04-19 16:55:56

kwaaa possessed freaks that is WET

Can Do
posted: 2014-04-19 20:05:57

I still say and repeat, Bartlett is clueless. He takes out Katongo for a defender, Tom...for what when you are leading by 3 goals in the 88th minute and Plat Stars look like they will never score beyond that consolation goal even if game continued for another hour... There was nothing to defend, Arrows were already through with 3 points in the bag so why take out an effective player in attack when another goal might have come about??!

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