Platinum Stars rack up third straight win

Platinum Stars recorded a third successive win in the Absa Premiership as they defeated 10-man Chippa United 3-2 at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Second half goals from Letladi Madubanya and Bongi Ntuli took Dikwena to 11 points from five matches, with Siboniso Gumede’s opener cancelled out by an equaliser from the Chilli Boys’ Eric Chipeta. The Eastern Cape side’s loss was their third of the season and sees them remain on four points in the bottom half of the table.

Chippa had the first shot in anger, with Eric Chipeta’s effort easily saved by Bouna Coundoul, but it was then Stars who took control of the game, with Eleazar Rodgers heading wide in the ninth minute before Mahlatse Makudubela put a shot over the crossbar.

The hosts’ pressure paid dividends in the 19th minute when a free kick from Vuyo Mere found the head of Siboniso Gumede, who placed an effort beyond the reach of Ayanda Masiko to make it 1-0.

Chippa suffered a further blow just under 10 minutes later when Philani Shange was forced off injured. Joseph Malongoane came on his place and Chippa soon created a chance for Aristide Bance, who put his shot straight at Coundoul.

The last chance of the first half went the way of Dikwena, with Tintswalo Tshabalala shooting on target direct from a free kick, but Masiko was able to make a comfortable save.

Chippa made a change at the start of the second half, sending on Rhulani Manzini. The substitute was soon fouled near the penalty area and Chipeta scored from the resultant free kick to make it 1-1 soon after the restart.

Stars looked to reclaim the lead in the 54th minute from another set piece, but Mere’s cross was put wide by Robert Ng’ambi, while three minutes later it was Rodgers’ turn to head off target from another cross by the home side’s right-back.

Dikwena finally moved back in front in the 63rd minute, with midfielder Letladi Madubanya finishing off a chance after Sibusiso Msomi’s initial shot was not cleared by the visitors’ defence.

The home side extended their advantage with just under a quarter hour of regulation time to play. Two substitutes combined as Sibusiso Hadebe provided the assist for Bongi Ntuli to steer home a shot and make it 3-1.

Things soon went from bad to worse for the Chilli Boys as Joseph Malongoane received a second yellow card and was sent for an early shower by the referee, leaving the away team to finish the game with 10 men. However, they claimed a late consolation when Chipeta claimed his second of the game.

Platinum Stars (1) 3 (Gumede 19’, Madubanya 63’, Ntuli 76’)

Chippa United (0) 1 (Chipeta 47’)

Stars: Coundoul, Mere, Nhlapo, Gumede, Tshabalala, Ngalande (Hadebe 71’), Madubanya, Msomi, Makudubela (Ntuli 64’), Ng’ambi, Rodgers

Chippa: Masiko, Thopola, Chipeta, Okwuosa, Cloete, Macheke, Shange (Malongoane 28’), Dlamini, Zuke (Manzini 46’), Mayambela (Thwala 53’), Bance