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  • 10 November 2012
  • • 15:30
  • • Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, NW
  • Referee: C. Gomez
  • • Attendance: 996

Platinum Stars 2-1 Wits: Stars secure record-breaking fifth successive league win

Platinum Stars 2-1 Wits: Stars secure record-breaking fifth successive league win

Dikwena move up to second in the Absa Premiership with deserved win at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace

Platinum Stars have secured a 2-1 victory over BidVest Wits at a wet Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday to move into second in the Absa Premiership.

The victory came courtesy of two goals from midfielder Enocent Mkhabela and was more than the home side deserved as they hit the crossbar in the second half too. It was a club record fifth-successive league win.

Wits never quite got going in the game, but did draw level through Letsie Koapeng soon after falling behind the first time. 

The home side were ahead when Henrico Botes played the ball into the patch of Mkhabela, and the midfielder struck the ball home from the edge of the area, even if he did not quite catch the shot as he might have hoped.

The lead lasted just two minutes though as the visitors struck back. Mzikayise Mashaba’s inviting cross was headed home by Koapeng, with Siyabonga Mpontshane in the home goal getting a touch to it, but could not keep the effort out.

Botes and Benson Mhlongo headed wide from set-pieces, while Tintswalo Tshabalala saw his shot on the turn well saved by Wits goalkeeper Steven Hoffman as the home side made most of the running.

Calvin Kadi shot narrowly over for Wits on the hour-mark, while at the other end Thuso Phala’s brilliant strike from the edge of the area curled just wide.

Stars did get the goal their play deserved on 68 minutes though when Mashaba fouled Sibusiso Msomi for a free-kick on the right. Vuyo Mere’s free-kick delivery was flicked-on by Botes and Mkhabela was on hand to head home.

Phala hit the crossbar with a free-kick that deceived Hoffman in the air and crashed against the crossbar, saving the goalkeeper’s blushes.