MATCH CENTRE

WED 30 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:30, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

3
VS
1

Free State win ‘Battle of the Stars’

by BackPageTXT

Wed November 30, 21:32

Free State Stars crushed Platinum Stars 3-1 at the Goble Park Stadium on Wednesday evening to rack up their first win in the Absa Premiership this season.

Free State were on the front foot from the word go and claimed the lead in the 12th minute, with Mbuyiselo Thethani firing home a left-footed shot after some fine attacking play by the hosts.

The hosts continued where they left off in the early minutes of the second half, forcing Steven Hoffman into a couple of sharp saves through the likes of Moeketsi Sekola and Nhlanhla Vilakazi.

Platinum had offered very little in attack for most of the match, but midway through the second half they almost claimed an equaliser through Robert Ng’ambi, only for the Malawian to be denied by an excellent save from Thela Ngobeni.

That chance gave Dikwena hope of a comeback, but that was soon quelled by a goal for Free State’s Danny Venter to make it 2-0: the winger beat Hoffman with a right-footed shot in the 79th minute to put the result beyond doubt.

And just a minute later Ea Lla Koto rubbed further salt into the wound, with Sekotlong making it 3-0, while the Rustenburg side was at least able to claim a consolation goal when Henrico Botes converted a late penalty.

Free State Stars (1) 3 (Thethani 12’, Venter 79’, Sekotlong 80’)
Platinum Stars (0) 1 (Botes 87’ pen)

Free State: Ngobeni, Mbhele, Thethani (Filita 90+3’), Okumu, Thlone, Makhaula, Vilakazi, Kampi, Venter, Sekotlong (Kiiza 90+3’), Sekola

Platinum: Hoffman, Mere, Sithole, Nhlapo, Zulu, Msomi (Madondo 14’), Mathe (Shilongo 90+1’), Ng’ambi, Tshabalala (Ntuli 66’), Mabena, Botes

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
12. Mbuyiselo Thethani (12') 9. Henrico Botes (87')
8. Danny Venter (79')
7. Thokozani Sekotlong (80')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
0
24
Defender
5
Defender
33
Defender
25
Defender
25
Defender
22
Midfielder
13
Defender
66'
14
Midfielder
4
Defender
27'
2
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
14'
15
Midfielder
80'
90 + 2'
7
Midfielder
90 + 1'
28
Forward/Striker
79'
8
Forward/Striker
87'
9
Forward/Striker
12'
90 + 3'
12
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Fanele Filita
Forward/Striker
90 + 3'
33
Khulekani Madondo
Midfielder
14'
5
Bongi Ntuli
Forward/Striker
66'
0
Benson Shilongo
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
7
CARDS
Vuyo Mere
Defender
27'
2
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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