Ng'ambi's header hands Dikwena three points

Robert Ng'ambi handed 10-man Platinum Stars the full three points when they beat SuperSport United 1-0 in the Absa Premiership at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday night.

The match had a cagey start in the first five minutes but defender Michael Boxall failed to lower his shot when a loose ball fell in his path in the box.

Dikwena exchanged good passes but it was Ng'ambi who tried to beat goalkeeper Ronwen Williams from a distance but his curler went wide in the 13th minute.

In the 20th minute, United were awarded a set piece which was delivered by Thuso Phala down the left flank, only for Clayton Daniels to see his free header going inches wide.

Despite enjoying the ball possession, Cavin Johnson's men failed to open up Stuart Baxter's side and Ndumiso Mabena resorted to a long range shot which sailed wide with four minutes to the end of the opening half.

After their return from the break, the Tshwane side came back and put pressure on their hosts but Michael Morton once again couldn't hit the target.

In the 51st minute, skipper Dean Furman unleashed a well struck shot from the 18-yard area but keeper Mbongeni Mzimela produced a fine save to deny him.

Three minutes later, Stars were dealt a huge blow when defender Sphamandla Mlilo was sent off for a second bookable offence after handling Grobler on the right flank.

However, in the 62nd minute captain Vuyo Mere's stunning free kick picked out Robert Ng'ambi in the box, with his fine header breaking the deadlock by beating Williams, 1-0 to Stars.

Baxter introduced Thabo Mnyamane for Thuso Phala and the former University of Pretoria man nearly made an immediate impact in the 71st minute when his header went inches wide of Mzimela's far post.

With eight minutes remaining on the clock, Grobler received a wonderful pass from the left wing but his shot went straight to the well positioned Mzimela.

In what was their final chance to get a point in injury time, debutant Reneilwe Letsholonyane blasted his shot over the woodwork, allowing the hosts to claim the full three points.

Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Ng'ambi 62')

SuperSport United 0

Teams:

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Tshabalala, Mlilo, Gumede, Mnguni, Mere, Gwabeni, Mabena (Mathe 72'), Ng'ambi (Kodisang 85'), Msomi (Madondo 89'), Botes

SuperSport United: Williams, Bhasera, Boxall, Daniels, Gould, Phala (Mnyamane 70'), Furman, Morton (Wome 77'), Letsholonyane, Brockie, Grobler