Posted: 22 March 2014 Time: 14:48
Maritzburg United ended Platinum Stars' hopes of a cup treble by defeating Dikwena 3-1 on penalties in a Nedbank Cup Last 16 tie at Moruleng Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The game was decided by the spot after 120 minutes of football produced a 1-1 stalemate, with United's Heinrich Isaacks cancelling out Issa Sarr's 44th minute opener for the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout holders.
Bhongolwethu Jayiya, Robyn Johannes and Heinrich Isaacks went on to convert their penalties, to save the potential blushes of teammate Mario Booysen, who failed to do so.
Stars captain Vuyo Mere slotted his effort from 12 yards out, but Henrico Botes, Solomon Mathe and Sibusiso Msomi were unsuccessful with their attempts for the hosts.
The Team of Choice now join Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits in the quarter-finals of the competition, with the Students thumping AmaZulu 4-1 in Durban earlier today.
In a fast-paced encounter, United attacker Orlando Smeekes struck the bottom of the post 15 minutes in after being released by Isaacks.
However, Stars replied with interest on the stroke of half-time, as Sarr nodded in a free-kick from Mogakolodi Ngele.
The lead, though, was short-lived, as Isaacks bundled in a 52nd minute equaliser following good work from Smeekes down the left.
Allan Freese's side should have made better use of their opportunities in the second period, with Siphelele Mthembu proving especially wasteful.
The big striker missed an open net from close range after rounding goalkeeper Virgil Vries in the 55th minute. A minute later Mthembu hit the upright from a tight angle after finding himself in another one-on-one situation.
Mthembu then did well to create space in the box in the 72nd minute, but his low shot was well saved by Man of the Match Vries.
The spurned chances would ultimately prove fateful, as Steve Komphela's outfit emerged victorious from the lottery that is the penalty shoot-out.