AmaTuks back to winning ways
University of Pretoria are back to winning ways after beating Platinum Stars 1-0 in the Absa Premiership encounter at the Tuks Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Thabo Mnyamane’s first half strike was enough to take AmaTuks one place up on the log in the 11th with 20 points from 19 matches, while Platinum Stars missed out on going 3rd on the log and they remain in the 6th place with 27 points from 18 matches.
The visitors had chance to open the scoring as early as second minute of the match when Mpho Matsi conceded a free-kick in a promising area when he clipped Lindokuhle Mbatha from behind but Vuyo Mere sent a tame shot off the wall and out for a corner from 25-yards out.
Then it was the home side that had the next chance of the match and it was a great one when Atusaye Nyondo’s low cross from the left found Thabo Mnyamane unmarked in the area, but the striker could not put too much power on his shot and Siyabonga Mpontshane gathered the ball with ease in the 16th minute.
Robert Ng’ambi saw his header from a corner-kick go over the bar nine minutes later, before AmaTuks opened the scoring in the 30th minute. Geoffrey Massa’s flick on cross was miss cleared by Tshepo Gumede with his head and the ball fell for Thabo Mnyamane who made a turn before slotting the ball past Siyabonga Mphontsane, 1-0.
The visitors pushed on for the equaliser going to the half-time break, and they had a penalty appeal waved away when Mogakolodi Ngele went down under the challenge of Buhle Mkwhanazi after the Botswana international was set clear on goal by Lindokuhle Mbatha but referee awarded nothing as the home side took their lead to the dressing room.
Platinum Stars started the second-half on the front foot and they came close to levelling matters when Henrico Botes connected with Vuyo Mere in swinging delivery before sending a glancing header straight in the hands of Washington Arubi two minutes from the restart.
The home side almost doubled their lead when a long ball from the other half of the field by Raymond Monama found Geoffrey Massa and the Ugandan did some great footwork inside the area before forcing a great save from Siyabonga Mpontshane with the left-footed shot in the 54th minute.
The visiting goalkeeper had to be at his best again ten minutes later when he made a fine dive and parried a great turning shot from Geoffrey Massa out for a corner-kick as the home side looked for an insurance goal. Then skipper Tebogo Monyai saw his downward header go over the bar few moments later.
It looked to be a one way traffic as AmaTuks threatened and they came close to netting the second against a run of play that saw Thabo Mosadi made a great run on the left before finding Raymond Monama in the area unattended but the Mamelodi Sundowns loanee saw his strike fisted over the bar by Siyabonga Mpontshane twelve minutes from time.
The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was once again on top of his game when he pushed over Thabo Mnyamane curling effort in the stoppage time as AmaTuks register their first of year 2014 after losing their two matches in the New-Year.
University of Pretoria: Arubi, Nyondo (Mosadi 57’), Kekana, Mkhwanazi, Mnyamane, Kejijere, Monyai ©, Massa ( Zwane 63’), Sibande, Matsi, Monama (Ngubane 79’),
Platinum Stars: Mpontshane, Mere ©, Gumede, Mhlongo, Ngwepe, Mathe, Ng;ambi, Tshabalala (Hadebe 52’), Mbatha, Ngele, Botes (Mthembu 52’).