MATCH CENTRE

SAT 24 SEPTEMBER 2016, 20:15, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

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SuperSport United held 0-0 in Umlazi

by BackPageTXT

Sat September 24, 22:18

SuperSport United were held to a goalless draw by Free State Stars in their Absa Premiership clash at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

Matsatsantsa moved the match from Tshwane to Umlazi to assist neighbours Mamelodi Sundowns in their CAF Champions League campaign. Both they and Ea Lla Koto were left frustrated on an evening where there were plenty of goal attempts, but no finesse in finding the target.

Stars started brightly, with Hamis Kiiza warming the palms of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams inside the opening minute, while Moeketsi Sekola also had an early sight of goal but failed to hit the target with a shot from just outside the penalty area.

The Free Staters had another good effort on goal in the 14th minute when Kiiza produced a fine cross to pick out Goodman Dlamini – the former AmaZulu attacking midfielder was denied a first goal for Stars by a fine save from Williams.

SuperSport gradually established a foothold in the game and their first notable chance arrived midway through the first half: Aubrey Modiba provided a lofted cross to find the head of Kingston Nkhatha, but the Zimbabwean’s effort was wide of the mark.

Efforts on goal continued to flow through the rest of the first half, but neither Williams nor his counterpart Thela Ngobeni were beaten, leaving the score locked at 0-0 heading into the interval.

Just as in the first half, Stars began brightly in the second stanza, with Katlego Mashego having an effort on target in the 47th minute only to see Williams once again safely hold on and frustrate the visitors.

SuperSport looked to shake up their attack with the introduction of former University of Pretoria forward Thabo Mnyamane, who replaced the ineffective Nkhatha 10 minutes into the second half. Mnyamane was a lively presence, but even he couldn’t find a way to break the deadlock.

The match eventually became a scrappy affair, with both teams left frustrated by their inability to find a way to goal. United almost pinched a goal with just over 10 minutes of regulation time remaining, as Thuso Phala’s cross found Mario Booysen but his header rebounded off the post.

The result sees Matsatsantsa move to sixth place on the log on five points, while Ea Lla Koto move off the bottom standings to 14th on two points.

SuperSport United 0

Free State Stars 0

SuperSport: Williams, Boxall, Booysen, Gould, Bhasera, Phala, Furman, Letsholonyane, Modiba, Nkhatha (Mnyamane 55’), Brockie

Stars: Ngobeni, Mashego, Nkausu, Okumu, Thlone, Venter (Lwana 87’), Vilakazi, Dlamini (Kampi 82’), Sekotlong, Sekola, Kiiza

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4 2
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
16
24
Defender
3
Defender
40
Defender
5
Defender
12'
33
Defender
51'
29
Midfielder
70'
82'
26
Defender
38'
24
20
Midfielder
73'
8
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
72'
6
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
87'
8
Forward/Striker
55'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Mnyamane
Forward/Striker
55'
23
Charles Kampi
Midfielder
82'
13
Tholang Lwana
Midfielder
87'
14
CARDS
Onismor Bhasera
Defender
38'
24
Joseph Okumu
Defender
12'
33
Morgan Gould
Defender
51'
29
Goodman Dlamini
Midfielder
70'
26
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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