Wednesday's PSL Wrap: Free State Stars stun Golden Arrows, Platinum Stars upset Polokwane City

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Ea Lla Koto and Dikwena picked up big wins over Golden Arrows and Rise and Shine respectively on Wednesday evening

Free State Stars got back to winning ways with a win at home to Golden Arrows, while a second half strike from Bongi Ntuli handed Platinum Stars a shock win over Polokwane City.

At Goble Park, Ea Lla Koto secured all maximum points by edging out Abafana Bes'thende 2-1 to pick up their first win in four matches and move within the top eight bracket.

Neither side really threatened early on, but Arrows held the ball well and got forward into the box although they had no success.

The visitors looked to have created better goalscoring chances in the first half than their opponents with the duo of Knox Mutizwa and Siphelele Magubane linking up well together, only to fall short in the final third.

Stars striker Mohammed Anas had a great opportunity to give his side the lead when he received the ball in an attacking position. The Ghanaian marksman showed some good feet to beat the Arrows defenders before shooting, but his effort went wide as the score remained 0-0 at the break.

A brilliant start to the second half by the home team saw Luc Eymael's charges eventually take the lead through Goodman Dlamini, who poked the ball home after he was set up by Anas.

It did not take long for Ea Lla Koto to double their lead. A set-piece fell to the hosts who made the effort to get the ball into the box, before Sinethemba Jantjie put it into the back of the net.

Clinton Larsen and his charges were forced to respond as quickly as possible and they did just that two minutes later. The visitors countered quickly as Zolani Nkombelo played Magubane in and the latter did the rest, slotting the ball past Ali Sangare to reduce the deficit.

The visitors pushed numbers forward in an attempt to steal a point, but the Stars defence managed to hold on for three valuable points.

At the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane City failed to pick up their first win at home after suffering defeat to Platinum Stars.

It was a rather uneventful first half between both teams with the match starting at a slow pace and failing to produce any spark as it progressed, ending 0-0 at the break.

The second half was much better with the two teams building up moves well, but then lacked the finishing touches to score and take the lead.

Dikwena went ahead shortly after the interval through Bongi Ntuli with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal to give his team a 1-0 lead.

With the match edging closer to the latter stages, there was a lot of midfield play from both sides although the visitors look liked they were falling back and trying to keep their lead. 

Bernard Molekwa's team was more pro-active but then again were guilty of not converting the half-hearted chances they created.

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In the final few minutes of the game Roger de Sa's men were happy to run the clock down and hold on to their lead, as they left Limpopo with all the three points to register only their second win of the campaign.

The encounter at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium between AmaZulu and Bloemfontein Celtic was delayed at first due to heavy rains.

With the match locked at 0-0 after the first half, the referee opted for the encounter to be abandoned due a waterlogged pitch.

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