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  • 19 March 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, Pretoria, GT
  • Referee: P. Tinyani
  • • Attendance: 2500
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SuperSport United 1-1 Platinum Stars: Matsatsantsa hold Dikwena at home

SuperSport United 1-1 Platinum Stars: Matsatsantsa hold Dikwena at home

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Thuso Phala and Siphelele Mthembu were on the scoresheet as SuperSport United and Platinum Stars drew 1-1 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night.

SuperSport United went into the encounter looking to return to winning ways, after drawing 1-1 away against Bloemfontein Celtic over the weekend. 
 
Cup specialists Platinum Stars were oozing with confidence as they had humbled Absa Premiership log leaders Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 at home in their previous league match.
 
The home team had the first shot on target as early as the third minute. Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu's strike went straight at Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane.
 
The match was stopped after nine minutes, due to floodlight issues and both sets of players were called off the field. Match referee Thando Ndzadzeka resumed the match 25 minutes later and the match continued.
 
The away team were awarded a free-kick in a good position just on the edge of the SuperSport box in the 16th minute. Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele's effort from the set-piece flew over SuperSport keeper Ronwen Williams' goal posts.
 
In the 25th minute, striker Ndlovu combined brilliantly with his teammate Lebogang Manyama. However, the striker's finishing inside the box left much to be desired as it went over the cross bar.
 
Nine minutes later, former Orlando Pirates striker Siphelele Mthembu gave the away team the lead. The 27-year old hitman caught the SuperSport defence napping and he made it 1-0 to Stars, beating keeper Williams with ease. 
 
The Dikwena defence was led by Bafana Bafana right back Vuyo Mere who managed to contain the Matsatsantsa attackers up until the referee blew the half-time whistle. 
 
In the 54th minute, SuperSport defender Thabo September sliced a curling effort from outside the Stars box. But 32-year old defender's attempt went inches wide of Stars keeper Mpontshane's goal posts.
 
Coach Cavin Johnson's men were pushing for the equalizing goal and the pressure paid off in the 62nd minute. Former Platinum Stars winger Thuso Phala punished his former team as he finished off his brilliant solo run to make it 1-1.
 
Stars nearly regained their lead in the 75th minute. Mthembu should have grabbed his brace on the night but he wasted a glorious opportunity and the SuperSport defence was able to recover.
 
The away team wasted another chance with four minutes remaining on the clock. Stars forward Ngele was unable to strike a good cross from the right towards the target.
 
It ended 1-1 and the two teams remained on their respective positions on the Absa Premiership standings.

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