Platinum Stars moved top of the Absa Premiership standings following a 3-1 win over SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Sibusiso Msomi, Bonginkosi Ntuli and Robert Ng’ambi condemned Matsatsantsa to their third straight defeat. Jeremy Brockie scored what proved to be a mere consolation.
The visitors made their intentions clear in the opening minute, with Eleazar Rodgers latching on to a cross from the left flank but there was relief for Ronwen Williams as the ball trickled past the woodwork.
Phala, in dire need of a big game, registered SuperSport’s first shot in anger with 10 minutes on the clock. Following a foul on Jeremy Brockie, the former Dikwena winger stepped up, guiding his free-kick attempt narrowly wide of Mbongeni Mzimela’s right-hand post.
The pair of Bonginkosi Ntuli and Rodgers caused the SuperSport defence all sorts of problems, with the latter rising above Clayton Daniels only to push his header off target in the 22nd minute.
At the other end Bradley Grobler’s shot from an acute angle forced Mzimela into a smart save with his legs before the Stars front duo linked up to set-up Robert Ng’ambi – the Malawi international sent his acrobatic attempt over the crossbar before the half hour.
Ng’ambi was in the thick of the action and having found a pocket of space inside the area the midfielder was disappointed to see his shot straight into the grateful hands of the SuperSport stopper in the 39th minute.
Stars should’ve entered the break a goal to the good as Rodgers teed up Ntuli for an easy finish, but the burly forward failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy, and despite all the attacking intent from both teams the half ended goalless.
The opening goal finally came eight minutes after the interval through Msomi. Rodgers picked out the Stars midfielder, who directed his low shot from a tight angle past Williams, via the inside of the post.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts as Ntuli doubled Stars’ lead on the hour mark with a superb solo run and finish to add further misery to the flailing capital outfit.
SuperSport, though, weren’t going down without a fight and pulled a goal back through Brockie in the 68th minute – the New Zealand international with a neat finish with his weaker left foot.
Ng’ambi restored Dikwena’s lead seven minutes later. Slack defending by SuperSport let in the Stars ace, who fired past Williams from inside the area.
SuperSport pushed in an attempt to salvage something from the game, but it was not to be as they slipped to 13th place on the log standings.
SuperSport United 1 (Brockie 68′)
Platinum Stars 3 (Msomi 53′ Ntuli 60′ Ng’ambi 75′)
United: Williams; Kekana, B.Khumalo, Daniels (Morton 72′), S.Khumalo – Mathebula (Mpeta 62′), Mkhabela – Phala, Wome, Grobler (Nkhatha 61′) – Brockie
Stars: Mzimela; Mere, Nhlapo, Gumede, Zulu – Madubanya, Ng’ambi – Zongo (Makudubela 57′), Msomi (Tshabalala 84′) – Ntuli, Rodgers (Madondo 79′)