A brace from Goodman Dlamini ended AmaZulu's run of seven games without a win, at Princess Magogo Stadium on Wednesday eveningUsuthu had played three successive draws and failed to win any of their last seven league ties, but Dlamini's double strike, ended that run, sending the Durban outfit a point clear of Stars and into fourth position.
Dlamini scored as early as the eight minute, before bagging his second four minutes into stoppage time to wrap-up the result.
A lively start saw chances fall to Lindokuhle Mbatha and Henrico Botes, while the hosts went wide on three separate occasions.
AmaZulu would soon find their target, as Dlamini finished-off a corner from Njabulo Manqana with his right foot, sending the home side into the lead inside 10 minutes of the opening whistle.
Usuthu kept up the pressure and continued their assault on Stars' goal, as Dlamini came close to combining shortly after, before his namesake, Ayanda Dlamini, drilled an effort goalwards, which was well saved by Siyabonga Mpontshane.
The visitors managed some form of resistance, as Mogakolodi Ngele's well-taken shot went narrowly wide of goal on the half-hour mark.
The game opened up end-to-end action, allowing Ayanda Dlamini and Ngele to exchange blows, but neither threatened the keepers.
Ngele looked dangerous and was unlucky not to score seven minutes from the interval, when his deflected shot went out for a corner.
Stars were finding their rhythm but AmaZulu did well to soak up much of the pressure, as Njabulo Manqana thundered his effort goalwards, but was denied by Mpontshane as half-time approached.
Having taken the lead into the half-time break, AmaZulu came out and dominated the early exchanges in the second period.
Ngele, however, was proving a handful for the AmaZulu defence and had his shot blocked in the 57th minute.
The home side were doing everything in their power to keep Stars from scoring and a brave defensive effort allowed Dlamini time to convert the last chance of the match, netting his second of the night, to secure a morale boosting win in front of a delighted home crowd.
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