PSL : Musonda sends Dikwena packing
A late second half strike by substitute Mwape Musonda was enough to hand Lamontville Golden Arrows a 1-0 Absa Premiership win over Platinum Stars at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The win takes Clinton Larsen’s men to the eighth spot on the Absa Premiership log table with 28 points from 20 matches while Stars remain at No 5 with 34 points.
Although the match lacked spark in the beginning, Tlou Segolela delivered a great corner in the 14th minute searching for Bonginkosi Ntuli but defender, Gladwin Shitolo managed to produce a fine clearance to clear the danger.
A minute later, Segolela, who had a good game whipped in another set piece but it was the Namibian international goalkeeper, Maxmillian Mbaeva, who fisted the ball to make a save.
However, the hosts also went forward probing for an opening goal in the 23rd minute, Kudakwashe Mahachi saw his set piece going inches wide away from Mbongeni Mzimela’s far post.
Dikwena had a good chance to grab the lead a minute later when Tintswalo Tshabalala broke free after a pass from Sibusiso Msomi.
However, the experienced Tshabalala failed to play on to Segolela as Mbaeva blocked his shot to the goal and Segolela’s second attempt went over the bar.
With both sides failing to create goal scoring opportunities, Mzimela had to produce a fine save in the 36th minute when he punched away Arrows’ dangerous header.
It was 0-0 at the interval and Abafana Bes’thende had a good chance to score when Rodney Ramagalela’s poor finishing let him down as he received a great ball from Mahachi, and Ramagalela sent the ball over the posts.
With time slowly running out, the game improved and it was Cavin Johnson’s men who showed hunger but Mzimela was awake to deny Ramagalela in the 58th minute as he came out to collect the ball.
Following a number of changes made by Johnson after the 70th minute, Segolela found himself unmarked in the box and unleashed a shot but it went straight into the arms of Mbaeva.
Gabadinho Mhango wasted a wonderful opportunity to bag the lead with 13 minutes to go when he played in Deon Hotto despite having an opportunity to take a shot and score, Hotto’s header went wide.
Ntuli was denied in a one on one situation following a brilliant pass from Ryan De Jongh but it took Larsen’s men 85 minutes to bag the lead through Mwape Musonda.
He received a pass from Mhango and he managed to take a shot and beat Mzimela in his right corner and Dikwena’s attempts to bag an equaliser were fruitless with the hosts winning the encounter.
Golden Arrows: (0) 1 (Musonda 85′)
Platinum Stars: 0
Golden Arrows: Mbaeva, Sikhakhane, Katjiukua, Dube, Bilankulu, Shitolo, Molefe, Makudubela, Fikizolo (Hotto 64′), Mahachi (Musonda 78′), Ramagalela (Ramagalela 62′)
Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mere, Sithole, Nhlapo, Zulu, Mathe, De Jongh, Segolela (Rodgers 79′), Tshabalala (Zongo 60′), Msomi (Ng’ambi 56′), Ntuli
Source : PSL Source