MATCH CENTRE

SAT 09 JANUARY 2016, 15:30, GOBLE PARK

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VS
3

Arrows overpower Stars in Bethlehem

by BackPageTXT

Sat January 09, 17:59

Golden Arrows overpowered Free State Stars 3-1 in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Goble Park on Saturdayafternoon.

Ea Lla Koto were under pressure in the opening stages of the game and they were also finding it difficult to get into the Arrows box.

Arrows winger Andile Fikizolo had a chance to put his side in the lead from a free-kick five minutes into the game, but he fired his effort wide of the target.

In the 20th minute the home side were awarded a free-kick following a foul on Stars full-back Reuben Thebakang and Mrisho Ngasa's attempt from resultant set-piece failed to hit the target.

Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede produced a great save to deny Stars full-back Thebakang ten minutes before the half-time break.

Nevertheless, it was Namibian winger Deon Hotto who put Abafana Bes'thende in the lead in the 40th minute with a good finish. Arrows were leading 1-0 at half-time.

In the 51st minute Zimbabwean winger Mahachi played a good pass to Hotto, who beat his marker before finding Gladwin Shitolo, and the latter made it 2-0 to Arrows.

The visitors continued to dominate in the early stages of the second-half. Arrows striker Rodney Ramagalela fired his effort from a free-kick over the cross-bar in the 63rd minute.

Stars made a change in the 75th minute pulling off Reuben Thebakang and introducing Bokang Thlone as they looked to grab the equalising goal.

The home side were given a lifelineseven minute later after being handed a penalty. Moeketsi Sekola then stepped up and made it 2-1 to Stars.

Nevertheless, Zimbabwean winger Kudakwashe Mahachi doubled Arrows' lead with three minutes left on the clock. The match ended 3-1 in favour of Arrows.

FS Stars (1) 3 (Hotto 40', Shitolo 51', Mahachi 87')
Arrows (0) 1 (Sekola 82')

FS Stars: Diakite, Masehe, Mashego, Sankara, Thebakang (Thlone 75'), Shabalala, Kerspuy, Sekola, Venter, Ngasa, Fileccia

Arrows: Gumede, Mathiane, Zitha, Katjiukua, Chapman, Shitolo (Molefe 84'), N.Cele, Fikizolo, Mahachi, Hotto, Ramagalela

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK
FREE STATE STARS GOALS GOLDEN ARROWS GOALS
23. Moeketsi Sekola (80') 7. Deon Hotto (40')
5. Gladwin Shitolo (53')
46. Kudakwashe Mahachi (87')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP GOLDEN ARROWS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
32
Defender
18
Defender
4
Defender
27
Defender
53'
84'
5
Midfielder
54'
15
Defender
3
20
Defender
20
Midfielder
80'
23
Midfielder
72'
41
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
40'
7
Midfielder
35'
75'
25
Midfielder
87'
46
Forward/Striker
79'
67
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
77'
6
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
35
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sello Japhta
Midfielder
54'
28
Nkanyiso Mngwengwe
Defender
72'
21
Bokang Thato Thlone
Defender
75'
24
Sibusiso Sibeko
Midfielder
77'
35
Hendrick Somaeb
Midfielder
79'
11
Thabo Molefe
Midfielder
84'
24
CARDS
Reuben Thebakang
Midfielder
35'
25
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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