In a match with plenty of attacking opportunities goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane shone brightest as Free State Stars and Platinum Stars played to a 0-0 draw in their Absa Premiership match at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Platinum Stars goalkeeper was at his best as he produced numerous saves in a match characterised by some poor finishing in the final third by both teams.
Both teams approached the game intent on attacking, but, as we have become accustomed to in South Africa, neither side could produce a clinical finish in front of goal.
Free State Stars had the better of the first half, but saw Mpontshane intheir way when they did have a decent shot on goal.
In the third minute Adam Abdul-Basit let loose with a good shot, but he saw his effort well saved by the keeper.
Seven minutes later Danny Venter was also thwarted by Mpontshane who produced a good diving save.
In the 25th minute Venter and Abdul combined again as Venter supplied a cross for Abdul, but he headed wide of goal.
The remainder of the half saw both sides with long range shots, but neither posed any real danger.
The start of the second 45 saw Platinum Stars doing the attacking.
In the 50th minute Vuyo Mere delivered an accurate free-kick into the box and Issa Sarr rose highest to meet the ball, but his header went wide of goal.
Free State Stars only real decent chance of the second half came in the 58th minute, but Mpontshane saved his team yet again when he made a good block to deny Camaldine Abraw.
Seven minutes later and Platinum Stars created one of their best chances of the match as Robert Ng'ambi met a cross with a strong header, but he saw his effort go inches wide of goal.
In the 76th minute Paulos Masehe was denied by the Dikwena keeper again, Mpontshane diving to deflect a well-placed shot from the Free State attacker away from danger.
The game ended 0-0.
Free State Stars (0) 0
Platinum Stars (0) 0
Free State: Daniel Agyei, Bokang Thlone [Moeketsi Sekola 67’], Sadat Ouro-Akoriko, Soriola Gege, Lehlohonolo Thebakang, Paulos Masehe, Katlego Mashego, Sibusiso Mthethwa, Danny Venter, Adam Abdul-Basit [Luyolo Nomandela 79’], Camaldine Abraw
Platinum Stars: Siyabonga Mpontshane, Tshepo Gumede, Luvolwethu Mpeta, Tintswalo Tshabalala [Sipho Jembule 69’ (Elias Ngwepe 91’)], Vuyo Mere, Benson Mhlongo, Issa Sarr, Mduduzi Nyanda [Takesure Chinyama 74’], Robert Ng'ambi, Siphelele Mthembu, Patrick Malokase – Backpage Media