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PSL match report: Platinum Stars beat Maritzburg United

Posted: 1 May 2013 Time: 21:34

Platinum Stars kept their League title hopes alive with a late win over Maritzburg United.

Dikwena scored twice in the final seven minutes to keep the heat on Amakhosi.

Stars have now closed the gap at the top of the table to three points with two matches remaining, though Chiefs do have a vastly superior goal-difference.

Robert Ng’ambi and Thuso Phala were on target for Stars, who were good value for the win.

The home side made the better start as Henrico Botes and Tintswalo Tshabalala had efforts on goal that went wide.

The opening period was a tight affair, devoid of clear-cut chances, but Dillon Sheppard created two scoring opportunities for himself that were both saved by home goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe.

Orlando Smeekes fired over when well-placed for Maritzburg, while Heinrich Isaacks again forced a good save from Dambe.

The deadlock was finally broken on 83 minutes, when the ever-dependable Malawian international Ng’ambi picked up the ball in the penalty area and showed great composure to fire home.

As Maritzburg pushed forward for an equaliser it was inevitable they would leave gaps at the back, and Phala used his pace to exploit these to add a second.

After being put into space by Lindokuhle Mbatha, the Bafana Bafana star fired the ball low into the back of the net to seal the win.

Previous comments on this story...

2nd STAR-BOUND-TOLLY
posted: 06:44 am
Go on boys I am fully behind you.
msenti15
posted: 06:52 am
the league is there for chiefs to win it but stars still has a chance cause in football you never know
`Khosi by Nature®
posted: 06:57 am
What I like about PiRats is that they're celebrating Stars win and not realizing that they're getting rooted at position 3. They can go win their next game against Downs but they'll still be on position 3. Now who's the AVERAGE team?
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 08:05 am
Nothing would make me more happier in this whole world than to see the Zebras crumbling so near the finish line and P.Stars snatching it on the last day and causing major depression on the Amakhosi faithfool
Tico MP
posted: 08:06 am
they will keep da pressure till we lift up da lig trophy
Tico MP
posted: 08:09 am
Tzozo

posted: 10:19 pm | Report

Hehehehehehehehehe.........Pirates fans are really suffering. Just yesterday all they were talking about was Operation Smash and Grab now they are happy at PS' victories. Are these people for real ? How will they implement their Operation Smash and Grab if they are happy with PS winning ?

Do I need to repeat it to this dunderheads that they are torturing themselves for nothing. PS are of late blowing hot and cold. Their next game is against Arrows in Durban and their last is against SSU. For PS it is gonna be the case of so near yet so far when we beat SSU and win the lig.
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dats y dey will sapot cows til dey die
pkn
posted: 08:14 am
Chiefs coach is de problem how can you keep Dladla on the side lines for Lebese and Majoro for Nkatha serioulsy if Supersport draw with them then is a trouble cause i dont see chiefs beating Pretoria University i hope Platinum stars win all their remaining games Chiefs play like they have won the lig and i see what happend to Pirates in 2005 happening to Chiefs
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 08:16 am
This league want to go to Pirates but Roger does n't want it. Chiefs will finish 2nd, they will draw one n lose one. Platinum will draw both, Pirates will win all remaining games, The chairman could not afford to dissapoint his friend Chippa Mpengesi.

Now can those who did Maths HG help us, not laba be Accounting LG(Tzozo n The Phefeni).

Let the counting begin.
Doutie
posted: 08:19 am
Rates fanz i though u should worry dat platinam starts have won.u wont reach no2,u wil end up thre at no3
CRM083
posted: 08:20 am
This is nothing. There's still two more games between these two teams and Chiefs have the upper hand not only because they have a 3 points lead, but also because they have a higher goal difference. No need to paninc Makhosi. And RATS, this is no reason to celebrate
`Khosi by Nature®
posted: 08:20 am
Its a bitter pill to swallow for rats that we are taking the championship from them.
Kwaaaaaa !
We are marching on until the 18th and my champagne is getting colder!

RTG !!!
Vernacular
posted: 08:21 am
I say even if chiefs remain on 56 points,they will win the league!!Platinum stars will not get to 56 points...........
Loverboy!!
posted: 08:28 am
Kl kl kl kl kl vkl kl kl kl kl kl kl kl kl kl............

now Erusmus must do exactly what Billiat & co did , and Miang and Ngoma finish them off , lezinja.

they thaught they now own PSL with their old and wear brown envelop.
i had one of the peaceful day yesterday , eventhough it came so late.

no more vuvuzelas from noisy neighbours - and their braai fire was left unattended for the whole nite. Lol
rametserametse
posted: 08:31 am
Chiefs coach is a joke, replacing all the midfielders with strikers? Even against Platinum Stars he said the team stopped playing in the second half yet he introduced only Rusuke as a substitute. This man with his sons Nkhatha and Lebese are costing us points, even many conceeded goals also come from Gaxa's side. Baxter has run out of ideas. Platinum Stars are hot favourites to win this league.
Loverboy!!
posted: 08:36 am
Donald Duckposted: 10:07 pm | Report
we want mazembeposted: 10:01 pm | Report
U have to love the Psl.shud chiefs even draw the next match they set for themselves a very tense finish.I wish Supersport Utd all the best in Caf against Engineering for Petrolium Processing Industries Industries FC and against Kaizer Chiefs
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Well, the gud thing is that we will play on a Wednesday after seeing the results of platinum during the weekend, so we will know what is needed. Wake up call for my boys, but I hope Arrows can pull a draw against platinum...

It's gonna be interesting but I am still confident
RTG...
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Final stretch......all teams fighting for honours and those in battle rel zone MUST play the same time / same day same everything.

We all know what Zoo team is capable of and how the middle man has benefitted from officiating for them.

Mr.Khoza , now that your Makakaniya team is out of everything - make sure that you close that corruption gap going to final huddle.

Kaizer and his tsotsi son - will increase the brown envelop and won the lig fraudelently
Ezekiel122
posted: 09:32 am
FET mulatibucs they going to get fire when the host TP MAzebra
beaver
posted: 09:49 am
@Ezekiel122

FET mulatibucs they going to get fire when the host TP MAzebra
________________________________________________________________________Another chimpazee who picked a big word at his nearest tavern...and is misusing it on the blog. Mazembe are the hosts this time around, not the Mighty Bucs. The Champs hosted Mazembe two weeks ago. Hope it is clear as mud.
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