MATCH CENTRE

SUN 05 MARCH 2017, 15:30, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

0
VS
1

Mvala goal sees Lions of the North to victory

by Graeme Jackson

Sun March 05, 17:14

Mothobi Mvala scored late in the game to see Highlands Park defeat Free State Stars 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at Goble Park on Sunday.

The victory is a major boost to the Lions of the North in their battle against relegation. They remain second from bottom, but are now just one point from the safety of 14th place, now occupied by Ea Lla Koto.

Chances were hard to come by in the opening stages of the match, with the first real effort in anger coming from Highlands’ Surprise Moriri in the 18th minute but he saw his shot well blocked by defender Bokang Thlone.

The first half finished goalless, though Highlands had two great chances: Charlton Mashumba rattled the crossbar with a fine left-footed effort, while Brandon Theron had a clear sight of goal in injury time before the break but his low shot was well saved with his legs by goalkeeper Chris Mafoumbi.

The visitors had dominated the first half, but they still shuffled the pack at half time by introducing Ryan Rae. The Tembisa side created another chance for Mashumba in the 51st minute, but he dragged a shot wide of the mark.

Highlands continued to look the likelier scorers, with Junior Sibande dragging a shot direct from a kick just wide of the mark midway through the second half.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 87th minute, with Rae providing the assist for Mvala to score with a header and give his side a victory which could turn their season around.

Free State Stars 0
Highlands Park (0) 1 (Mvala 87’)

Stars: Mofoumbi, Mashego (Mbhele 56’), Teyise, Mahamutsa, Thlone, Jantjie, Masehe, Makhaula, Venter (Ntuli 81’), Potsane (Dlamini 54’), Anas

Highlands: Kapini, Theron, Ngalo, Sibande, Mvala, Katjiukua, Nhlapo (Rae 46’), Khwela (Khuboni 76’), Shalulile, Moriri, Mashumba (Ramolesa 64’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS HIGHLANDS PARK FC GOALS
14. Mothobi Mvala (87')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 4
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP HIGHLANDS PARK FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
24
Defender
82'
0
Defender
28
Defender
90'
22
Defender
79'
6
Defender
33
Midfielder
56'
20
Defender
46'
0
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
64'
12
Midfielder
81'
22
Midfielder
85'
87'
14
Forward/Striker
81'
8
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
76'
28
Forward/Striker
54'
0
Midfielder
42'
8
SUBSTITUTIONS
Goodman Dlamini
Midfielder
54'
26
Ryan Rae
Defender
46'
41
Sifiso Mbhele
Defender
56'
25
Lebo Ramolesa
Midfielder
64'
46
Nhlakanipho Ntuli
Midfielder
81'
0
Thanduyise Khuboni
Midfielder
76'
5
CARDS
Thamsanqa Teyise
Defender
79'
6
Surprise Moriri
Midfielder
42'
8
Sinethemba Jantjie
Midfielder
81'
22
Chris Katjiukua
Defender
82'
0
Mothobi Mvala
Midfielder
85'
14
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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