Stars and Chippa play to goalless draw

2014-12-18 00:00

PLATINUM Stars and Chippa United played out a goalless draw at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium last night in their penultimate PSL match of 2014.

Both Dikwena and the Chilli Boys were guilty of some poor finishing and they will need to improve for their final games before the festive season break against Free State Stars and ­SuperSport United respectively.

Chances were few in the first half, but Stars had two good opportunities which they wasted. The first arrived for Tintswalo Tshabalala in the 11th minute when he was teed up inside the penalty area, but he blazed a left-footed shot over the target.

Just before the half hour mark Mahlatsi Makudubela did great work down the left flank before chipping a teasing cross for Mogakolodi Ngele, who headed an effort back across goal that missed wide of Mbongeni ­Mzimela’s right-hand post.

Chippa’s only notable moment in attack in the first half was a free kick from Thamsanqa Sangweni that was saved by Kabelo Dambe, but they created two great chances in the opening minutes of the second stanza.

Both went the way of Mhlengi Cele, who was twice perfectly teed up by crosses from George Akpabio.

On the first occasion, he was denied at close range by Dambe, while the second, he inexplicably headed wide of the target. Cele paid the price for his misses, as he was replaced by striker David Zulu on the hour mark.

The Chilli Boys were just inches away from opening the scoring in the 70th minute — a beautifully struck free kick from Sangweni had the beating of Dambe, but not the crossbar, leaving the visitors frustrated.

And the hosts were unlucky to be denied a winning goal in injury time when Eleazar Rodgers’s header from a corner kick was cleared off the line by Manti Moholo — television replays suggested the ball had crossed the line.

Last night’s results

Bidvest Wits 1 - 0 SuperSport United

Moroka Swallows 1 - 1 Orlando Pirates

Black Aces 0 - 2 Bloemfontein Celtic

Platinum Stars 0 - 0 Chippa United

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