MATCH CENTRE

SUN 13 DECEMBER 2015, 15:30, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

1
VS
1

Bacela’s strike hands Tuks a point

by BackPageTXT

Sun December 13, 17:49

Goals in each half by Danny Venter and Lennox Bacela saw Free State Stars and University of Pretoria settling for a 1-1 draw during the only Absa Premiership tie at Goble Park Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Following the draw, Ea Lla Koto now occupy the 10th spot with 12 points from 10 matches, whilst Sammy Troughton’s men are placed at the 15th spot with six points.

The visitors dictated terms in the opening stages of the encounter and Mrisho Ngassa unleashed a shot after seven minutes but it went wide of Washington Arubi’s goals.

In the 10th minute, Tebogo Monyai nearly bagged an opener as he connected with the ball from the left but the veteran’s attempt was not strong enough to trouble goalkeeper Daouda Diakite.

In an aim to put the hosts ahead, Moeketsi Sekola tried his luck from the d-line but his well taken shot went wide over the woodwork and after 20 minutes in the match, an in swinger from a corner by Mpho Maruping was cleared on the line by Ea Lla Koto’s Themba Shabalala.

In the 36th minute, Danny Venter managed to break the deadlocked and scored his third goal in the league, his brilliant first touch allowed him to take a wonderful left footed shot beating Arubi on the far corner.

Ernst Midendorp’s men went to the tunnel enjoying the slender lead and it was Arubi who was called to action when he saved Ngassa’s attempt two minutes into the second half.

In the 55th minute, Andrea Fileccia wasted a beautiful chance to double their lead in the box as he blasted his shot over Arubi’s goals, and two minutes later Bacela converted a great cross from substitute Getaneh Kebede down the left flank. The ex-Orlando Pirates man outjumped Justice Chabalala and scored with a fine header.

Masehe rose above the rest and failed to hit the target in the 64th minute and in their response, Tuks saw their goal disallowed, although television replays showed the ball to have crossed the goal line before Diakite made a save.

With less than 15 minutes remaining on the clock, the hosts lacked the hunger they displayed in the opening half and winger Bokang Thlone nearly claimed the lead for the hosts but saw his shot hit the side of the net in the 79th minute.

Free State Stars (1) 1 (Venter 36’)
University of Pretoria (0) 1 (Bacela 57’)

Stars: Diakite, Masehe, Mashego, Chabalala, Shabalala, Thebakang (Thlone 46’), Ngassa, Sekola, Fileccia (Thetani 70’), Vilakazi, Venter (Japhta 82’)

U Pretoria: Arubi, Mwedihanga, Monyai, Jaure, Sibande, Ntombayithethi (Mosadi 46’), Mathosi (Kebede 46’), Zwane, Maruping, Mnyamane, Bacela (Nkoana 75’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA GOALS
8. Danny Venter (36') 14. Lennox Bacela (57')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
36
34
Defender
3
Defender
27
Defender
15
20
Defender
4
Midfielder
23
2
Midfielder
89'
10
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
46'
25
Midfielder
45 + 2'
46'
8
Forward/Striker
72'
67
Forward/Striker
57'
62'
73'
14
Forward/Striker
36'
81'
8
Forward/Striker
46'
9
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Bokang Thato Thlone
Defender
46'
24
Getaneh Kebede
Forward/Striker
46'
19
Mbuyiselo Thethani
Forward/Striker
72'
12
Thabo Mosadi
Midfielder
46'
11
Sello Japhta
Midfielder
81'
28
Thabiso Nkoana
Forward/Striker
73'
18
CARDS
Nhlanhla Vilakazi
Midfielder
89'
10
Vuyisile Ntombayithethi
Midfielder
45 + 2'
8
Lennox Bacela
Forward/Striker
62'
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
GALLERY
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