Dikwena beat Arrows for first loss

Golden Arrows suffered their first loss in the Absa Premiership this season when they went down 2-0 to Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

Abafana Bes’thende made a promising start to the league campaign with a win over University of Pretoria and goalless stalemate against fellow newly-promoted side Jomo Cosmos, but this loss brings them back to earth.

As for Dikwena, the win is their first of the season after draws against Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic in their first two matches. The Rustenburg side’s goals were scored by Tintswalo Tshabalala and Eleazar Rodgers.

Stars began the game with a hunger for an early goal and Masibusane Zongo shot wide of goalkeeper Philani Zikalala’s posts as early as the fourth minute. Just two minutes later the home side claimed the lead, with Tintswalo Tshabalala scoring from Eleazar Rodgers’ assist to make it 1-0.

After the early shock of going behind, Arrows looked to gain a foothold in the game and had a couple of threatening moments from the likes of Mabhuti Khenyeza and Rodney Ramagalela, though nothing to particularly trouble Stars ‘keeper Mbongeni Mzimela.

Stars doubled their advantage a few minutes before the break, with Vuyo Mere providing a cross which was headed into the back of the net by striker Eleazar Rodgers, ensuring the hosts went to halftime with a 2-0 lead.

Abafana Bes’thende made a better start to the second half and nearly halved the deficit in the 53rd minute, with defender Siyabonga Dube heading an effort against the crossbar from Nkanyiso Cele’s corner kick.

The Durban team missed further chances through Mwape Musonda and Khenyeza, who both put efforts wide of the target in the 66th and 69th minutes respectively. These proved to be the last notable chances of the match, with Stars able to hold out and ensure they claimed all three points on offer.

Platinum Stars (2) 2 (Tshabalala 6’, Rodgers 41’)

Golden Arrows 0

Teams:

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mere, Gumede, Nhlapo, Tshabalala, Madubanya, Msomi, Segolela (Nyanda 66’), Ng’ambi (Kodisang 85’), Zongo (Hadebe 74’), Rodgers

Golden Arrows: Zikalala, Mathiane, Mngwengwe, Sikhakhane, Shitolo, N.Cele (Sibeko 86’), S. Dube, Chapman (D. Manaka 60’), Musonda, Khenyeza, Ramagalela