|TEAM LINE UP|
|14||E Tshabalala(Mbatha 47″)|
|9||H Botes(Malokase 90″)|
PLATINUM STARS 6
4 GOLDEN ARROWS
Competition: Absa Premiership
Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2012
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Lamontville Golden Arrows have been beaten 6-4 in a see-saw Absa Premiership clash with Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday.
Abafana Bes’thrnde led 4-2 at the break, having come from 2-0 down, but could not contain the home side in the second period and left empty-handed.
It is a shame for Manqoba Mngqithi’s side, who certainly created enough opportunities to have got something from the game and at times were irrepressible with their attacking play.
Norman Smith, Musa Bilankulu (brace) and Bhekisizwe Nkosi were all on the scoresheet for Arrows, while the home side netted through Henrico Botes (two), Mogakolodi Ngele (two), Siphelele Mthembu and Thuso Phala.
The home side took control as they raced into a 2-0 lead. Botes’ excellent ball set Ngele away and he provided an expert left-footed finish.
The same two players combined again for the second, this time Ngele feeding Botes for the Namibian international to increase his side’s advantage.
At that stage their looked only one winner, but the visitors clicked into gear and the remainder of the half belonged to them.
Smith reduced the deficit on 19 minutes, showing expert control to pull the ball down and score from Sibusiso Hadebe’s cross.
Two goals in two minutes from Bilankulu then turned the game in Arrows’ favour. His first followed a mistake from Stars keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane, who could not cleanly collect and the Arrows defender turned the loose ball home.
Bilankulu got his brace on 29 minutes, producing a fine long-range score to put his side in front.
Nkosi scored his side’s fourth in just his second start for the team. He blasted the ball home from a tight angle after being set-up by Mzuvukile Tom.
Mpontshane was forced into a fine save in the opening minute of the first half as he turned Gabuza’s shot around the post.
But Stars were next on the scoresheet, Thamsanqa Mkhize felled Ngele in the penalty area and Botes coolly slotted home the spot-kick to make the score 4-3.
And the brilliant Ngele drew Stars level just shy of the hour-mark when he netted from Thuso Phala’s pass as the scoring continued unabated.
Mthembu put Dikwena ahead in the final minute as he pounced on a great lay-off from Botes.
And Phala made the points safe as he scored his side’s sixth, Botes again the provider on what was a magical night for the Namibian.
Golden Arrows now look forward to a home tie with Ajax Cape Town on December 16.
Platinum Stars (2) 6 (Ngele 6’, 59’, Botes 14’, 53’pen, Mthembu 90’, Phala 90’)
Lamontville Golden Arrows (4) 4 (Smith 19’, Bilankulu 27’, 29’, Nkosi 36’)
Stars: Mpontshane, Mere, Gumede, Mkhabela, Mpeta, Phala, Ng’ambi, Mathe, Tshabalala (Mbatha 49’), Ngele (S Mthembu 69’), Botes (Malokase 90’)
Arrows: Steinbors, Musonda, Mkhize (Khuboni 82’), Bilankulu, Tom, Nkosi (Macuphu 48’), Krjauklis, Nene, Smith, Gabuza (Lewis 80’), Hadebe
|TEAM LINE UP|
|8||T Mkhize(Khuboni 81″)|
|29||B Nkosi(Macuphu 57″)|
|31||T Gabuza(Lewis 79″)|