Platinum Stars needed stoppage time magic from Mogakolodi Ngele to beat Ea Lla Koto 1-0 to go fifth on the Absa Premiership table on Sunday. Royal Bafokeng was set to witness which star would shine the brightest between Platinum Stars and Free State Stars when the two sides locked horns in Phokeng near Rustenburg.
The visitors had the first real chance at goal. In the 19th minute Danny Venter sliced past Dikwena’s defence to whip in a brilliant cross but none of his teammates managed to connect with the ball. Ea Lla Koto were at it again in the 43rd minute when Richard Henyekane was one on one with Siyabonga Mpotshane but opted to go for power when placing the ball would have been a better option. The score sheet remained unchanged heading to the second half.
The first real chance at goal in the second stanza came in the 57th minute when Tshepo Motsoeneng was forced in to a brilliant save to parry S’phelele Mthembu’s powerful shot. In the 65th minute, Mthembu forced his way to get behind Ea Lla Koto’s defence to set up substitute Mogakolodi Ngele who couldn’t capitalise on the chance.
The boys from Bethlehem did find the back of the net in the 84th minute through Paulus Masehe, however he was ruled offside. When it seemed both sides were going to have to settle for a goalless draw, Robert Ng’ambi whipped in a cross which found Mthembu who shielded the ball and set up Ngele who slotted home to hand Dikwena all three points.