Local News 17.5.2017 10:43 pm

Stars beat Chiefs

Solomon Mathe of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership between Platinum Stars and Polokwane City at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on December 03, 2016 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Solomon Mathe of Platinum Stars during the Absa Premiership between Platinum Stars and Polokwane City at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on December 03, 2016 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Platinum Stars beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 in their Premiership match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Two first-half strikes sealed the result for Stars, who collected a valuable three-pointer in the penultimate round of Premiership fixtures.

With the win, Stars move up one place on the table to 10th for a 34-point haul from 29 games.

Coming into the match, Cavin Johnson’s Stars side arguably had more to get out of the clash. At 11th on the table, Stars were four points off a top eight spot – and that had closed to two at the conclusion of the match.

Chiefs, in contrast, were placed fifth and cannot finish lower than their current position with 47 points. The AmaKhosi now can only finish as high as fourth, as they are a single point behind SuperSport United with one game remaining.

Chiefs were guilty of some poor defending as Solomon Mathe was allowed to pick his spot as he scored the opener in the 22nd minute for Stars.

Moments before the break, Stars doubled their lead through a well-taken chance by Enocent Mkhabela.

Less than 10 minutes after the interval, Stars keeper Steven Hoffman was called in to action with an acrobatic save as Chiefs got their first shot on target of the encounter.

Hoffman continued to thwart the Chiefs attack as the match progressed, to keep the Stars two-goal cushion intact.

There would be no further change in scoreline, as Stars held out for an important win over the Soweto Giants who suffered their sixth league defeat of the season.

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results

Chiefs 1-0 Wits
Sundows 2-2 Highlands
Arrows 2-1 Pirates

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# Team GP Pts
1 Bidvest Wits 30 60
2 Sundowns 30 57
3 Cape Town City 30 55
4 Kaizer Chiefs 30 50
5 SuperSport United 30 48
6 Polokwane City 30 43
7 Maritzburg Utd 30 38
8 Arrows 30 38
9 Platinum Stars 30 37
10 Ajax Cape Town 30 36
11 Orlando Pirates 30 33
12 Bloemfontein Celtic 30 29
13 Chippa United 30 28
14 Free State Stars 30 28
15 Baroka FC 30 28
16 Highlands Park 30 27

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