Premier Soccer League Free State Stars Platinum Stars
Posted: 20 December 2014 Time: 14:17
Moeketsi Sekola struck twice as Free State Stars beat fellow strugglers Platinum Stars 3-1 in Rustenburg on Saturday afternoon.
Sekola's teammate Camaldine Abraw scored a stunning opener at Goble Park, with Robert Ng'ambi on target for relegation-threatened Dikwena.
The victory elevates Ea Lla Koto to position 12 on the Absa Premiership standings, while the Rustenburg side drop to 14th spot.
In the 16th minute the visitors, through Tintswalo Tshabalala, managed to test goalkeeper Mojalefa Hlahatsi, but he safely held on to the ball.
The hosts then applied pressure, as Abraw was on a mission to continue from where he left off in their previous match against Kaizer Chiefs, as he pushed forward and took a shot which was blocked by Siphiwe Sithole.
Abraw then found the net in the 32nd minute with a fine, left-footed curler on the angle to put his side 1-0 up.
In the dying minutes of the first half, Thabiso Semenya’s header went wide, which was a perfect opportunity to find an equaliser for the Phokeng outfit.
Although both sides came from the tunnel revitalised, the visitors were the most desperate as they moved forward with purpose and their efforts were rewarded when Ng’ambi scored in the 52nd minute. He was assisted by the rejuvenated Eleazar Rodgers.
Sekola, though, hit back in the 63rd minute with a right-footed finish.
Kinnah Phiri’s men showed determination to claim the three points, as Sekola completed his brace 10 minutes later following a great pass from Danny Venter.
However, the Bethlehem side didn’t take their foot off the pedal as Sekola had a shot saved by Kabelo Dambe in the 87th minute.
HOME: Free State Stars
Coach: Kinnah Phiri
Formation: four five one
AWAY: Platinum Stars
Coach: Allan Freese
Formation: four three three