MATCH CENTRE

WED 24 FEBRUARY 2016, 19:30, GOBLE PARK

1
VS
0

Free State Stars overcome Ajax

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Wed February 24, 20:09

Free State Stars overcame Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash played at the Goble Park on Wednesday night.

The victory saw Ea Lla Koto move to position seven on the league table, while the Urban Warriors drop to ninth.

The away side enjoyed more possession in the opening stages and they were awarded a free-kick just outside the Stars box in the 12th minute.

Ajax midfielder Erwin Isaacs stepped up and fired wide of the target without troubling Stars goalkeeper Dauoda Diakite.

The home side pushed forward in numbers in the 26th minute with Ayanda Nkosi running onto a through pass from the midfield but he was ruled offside.

On the half-hour mark, former Bidvest Wits winger Isaacs played a dangerous curling cross into the Stars box which was well caught by Diakite.

Ajax striker Prince Nxumalo took a shot three minutes before the half-time break and his attempt went wide of the right hand post.

A lively second-half followed. Ajax keeper Anssi Jaakkola saved Lucky Mohomi's shot from a free-kick in the 58th minute.

In the 69th minute, Stars keeper Diakite went down injured and he was replaced by young shot-stopper Johnny Mathole.

Ea Lla Koto continued to attack and ten minutes later, Danny Venter took a shot which was easily saved by Jaakkola.

The pressure paid off in the 90th minute as Makhehlene Makhaula fired home with his left foot to seal a 1-0 win for Stars.

FS Stars (0) 1 (Makhaula 90')
Ajax 0

Free State Stars XI: Diakite (Mathole 69'), Masehe, Vilakazi, Mbhele, Makhaula, Chabalala, Jaftha, Nkosi, Mohomi, Tlhone (Mashego 87'), Venter

Ajax Cape Town XI: Jaakkola, Mobara, Coetzee, Jenniker (Mzwakali 92'), Lebusa, Graham, Isaacs, Mdabuka, Nxumalo, Morris (Cale 63'), Norodien (Hartog 82')

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK
FREE STATE STARS GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
4. Makhehlene Makhaula (90')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
70'
1
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
20'
87'
24
Defender
57'
90 + 2'
22
34
Defender
5
Defender
25
Defender
3
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
90'
90'
4
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
57'
8
Midfielder
49'
5
Midfielder
82'
31
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
21
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
15
SUBSTITUTIONS
Johnny Mathole
Goalkeeper
70'
31
Ashley Hartog
Midfielder
82'
25
Katlego Mashego (FST)
Midfielder
87'
20
Bantu Mzawkali
Midfielder
90 + 2'
11
CARDS
Bokang Thato Thlone
Defender
20'
24
Ndiviwe Mdabuka
Midfielder
57'
8
Paulus Masehe
Midfielder
49'
5
Aidan Jenniker
Defender
57'
22
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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