MATCH CENTRE

SAT 30 JANUARY 2016, 18:00, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

1
VS
0

Nkhatha goal sinks Stars

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Sat January 30, 20:13

Kingston Nkhatha scored the only goal of the game as SuperSport United started life after Gordon Igesund with a 1-0 win over Free State Stare in the Absa Premiership at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

The Zimbabwe forward, who has been boosted by the appointment of Stuart Baxter, scored his first league goal since October to help the club to their first win of the New Year.

Nkhatha found the back of the net after 14 minutes, firing home a low shot past the Ea Lla Koto stopper who was unable to parry the ball from danger despite getting a hand to the ball.

Stars’ best chance of the half fell to Danny Venter soon after, the attacker unlucky to see his attempt cleared off the line by Dean Furman, who got back well to assist his goalkeeper.

The visitors should have pulled level four minutes into the second stanza, but Makhehleni Makhaula was unable to keep cool in front of goal after bursting into the penalty area.

Similar to what happened to Stars in the first 45, SuperSport were unfortunate not to double their lead on 50 minutes after Mark Mayambela's shot deflected onto the crossbar before Justice Chabalala hacked clear with Jeremy Brockie lurking.

Stars pressed forward for the equaliser, but SuperSport showed a new kind of desperation in the closing stages to hold on for all three points and subsequently move within one point of the top eight.

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Nkhatha 14')
Free State Stars 0

SuperSport United: Williams, Boxall, September, Daniels, Mpeta, Furman, Mkhabela, Mayambela (Rambuwane 75'), Phala (Booysen 90'), Nkhatha (Wome 59'), Brockie

Free State Stars: Diakite, Mashego, Masehe, Sankara (Kerspuy 83'), Thlone (Ngcobo 62'), Chabalala, Venter, Mohomi, Nkausu, Makhaula, Jaftha (Somaeb 46')

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
10. Kingston Nkhatha (14')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 4
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
20
Defender
62'
24
Defender
27
Defender
54'
40
Defender
5
Defender
20'
34
Defender
15'
26
Defender
83'
18
Midfielder
85'
8
20
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
75'
14
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
90'
13
Midfielder
83'
5
Forward/Striker
11
Midfielder
46'
28
Forward/Striker
14'
59'
10
Forward/Striker
76'
8
SUBSTITUTIONS
Dove Wome
Midfielder
59'
16
Hendrick Somaeb
Midfielder
46'
11
Zama Rambuwane
Midfielder
75'
33
Sthembiso Ngcobo
Forward/Striker
62'
29
Mario Booysen
Defender
90'
3
Angelo Kerspuy
Midfielder
83'
15
CARDS
Thabo September
Defender
15'
26
Justice Chabalala
Defender
20'
34
Dean Furman
Midfielder
85'
8
Davis Nkausu
Defender
54'
40
Danny Venter
Forward/Striker
76'
8
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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