MATCH CENTRE

WED 17 FEBRUARY 2016, 19:30, GOBLE PARK

1
VS
0

Ea Lla Koto claim Pirates scalp

by BackPageTXT

Wed February 17, 21:28

Free State Stars claimed the scalp of Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night, with a goal from Ayanda Nkosi handing them a 1-0 win at Goble Park.

The victory takes Ea Lla Koto all the way up to seventh on the standings, while the Buccaneers drop to 11th after suffering an eighth defeat in the space of 19 league matches.

Stars were the first to threaten a goal, with a looping header in the eighth minute almost putting the hosts ahead, though Ayanda Gcaba did some sterling work to head the ball clear from his own goal line under immense pressure from Ayanda Nkosi.

Just under 10 minutes later Ea Lla Koto had another chance as the ball fell kindly for Reuben Thebakang in the penalty area, but his volley under pressure skewed wide of the mark and was no trouble for goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.

In the 21st minute a mistake in defence from the home team allowed Thamsanqa Gabuza to race free on goal, but he was unable to get the better of Daouda Diakite in a one-one-one situation, with the Stars ‘keeper able to make a comfortable save.

The Free State side had little trouble creating good attacking opportunities, but too often their final pass, cross or shot left much to be desired, allowing the Buccaneers to get through to half time with a goalless score line.

Stars created the first chance of the second half in the 50th minute, with Nkosi doing brilliantly to turn Patrick Phungwayo before being faced with only Mhlongo in front of him, but the tight angle made it nearly impossible to score and his shot flashed across the face of goal.

On 64 minutes Ea Lla Koto had their best chance of the match, with a loose ball on the edge of the box allowing Thebakang a clear sight on goal – his crisply-hit left-footed shot looked destined for the back of the net, but Mhlongo made an excellent save to keep his side on lever terms.

However, the Bucs ‘keeper was finally beaten in the 80th minute, with impressive striker Nkosi providing a fine diving header from Thebakang’s cross to hand Ea Lla Koto a well-deserved lead. The goal proved to be the difference between the teams, with Stars able to hold out comfortably to claim the three points.

Free State Stars (0) 1 (Nkosi 80’)
Orlando Pirates 0

Stars: Diakite, Makhaula (Mashego 75’), Chabalala, Mbhele, Thebakang, Mohomi, Vilakazi, Masehe, Venter (Sankara 90+3’), Japhta, Nkosi (Kerspuy 85’)

Pirates: Mhlongo, Matlaba, Gcaba, Gyimah, Phungwayo, Rakhale, Sarr, Maselesa (Mugerwa 67’), Makola (Masuku 85’), Motupa, Gabuza (Majoro 62’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK
FREE STATE STARS GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
21. Ayanda Nkosi (80')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
34
Defender
2
Defender
25
3
Midfielder
13
Defender
8
Midfielder
75'
4
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
38
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
67'
12
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
85'
5
Forward/Striker
80'
85'
21
Midfielder
25
Forward/Striker
90 + 3'
8
Forward/Striker
62'
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
Katlego Mashego (FST)
Midfielder
75'
20
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
62'
45
Angelo Kerspuy
Midfielder
85'
15
Yasser Mugerwa
Midfielder
67'
36
Robert Sankara
Defender
90 + 3'
18
Menzi Masuku
Forward/Striker
85'
26
CARDS
Lehlohonolo Majoro
Forward/Striker
90'
45
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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