MATCH CENTRE

TUE 11 APRIL 2017, 19:30, NEW PETER MOKABA STADIUM

2
VS
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Stars fail to upset Baroka despite taking lead

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tue April 11, 21:46

Although Mohammed Anas scored for Free State Stars, they failed to beat Baroka FC as they lost their Absa Premiership match 2-1 on Tuesday night at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The defeat for Serame Letsoaka's outfit sees them occupying the 14th spot with 22 points from 23 matches.

On the other hand, Maboke Matlakala's brace ensured Milton Dlamini's side bagged the full three points at home.

Ea Lla Koto nearly caught the hosts napping as early as the first minute when Rooi Mahamutsa took a shot after a corner, but goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke safely gathered the ball.

Despite their efforts to control their proceedings, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele could not penetrate their visitors in the first 10 minutes.

However, in the 20th minute, Mxolisi Kunene delivered a dangerous corner kick and Siphelele Zikalala nearly beat Stars' keeper Thela Ngobeni as his effort went inches wide.

Ngobeni was the busiest of the two goalkeepers when he was called to action by Kunene in the 37th minute and he was equal to the task, collecting the effort with ease.

Three minutes later, Milton Dlamini's men broke the deadlock through Matlakala when he produced a brilliant left footed finish following a great assist by Punch Masenamela.

After heading to the tunnel 1-0 down, Serame Letsoaka's men came back with renewed energy as Thamsanqa Teyise unleashed a shot, but Masuluke saved his effort.

Stars kept pressure on their PSL newcomers and their efforts were rewarded in the 59th minute when Anas netted from a fine finish to beat Masuluke, 1-1.

However, with 19 minutes to go, Baroka doubled their lead through Matlakala's brace as he headed home from close range after an assist from Richard Matloga.

With time running against the Bethlehem-based side, Goodman Dlamini saw his effort going wide to the left of Masuluke's posts in the last four minutes.

In the end, the hosts managed to hold on to their deserved win, bagging the fourththree-pointer of their season.

For the hosts, the hard fought win elevates them to number 15 on the log table with 21 points from 23 matches – still in the relegation zone but now with some hope.

Baroka FC: (1) 2 (Matlakala 40', 71')
Free State Stars: (0) 1 (Anas 62')

Baroka FC: Masuluke, Mapetho, Matloga (Garcia 80'), Shaku, Madubanya, Mahashe, Letsoalo (Munetsi 51), Masenamela, Zikalala, Kunene (Chauke 90'), Matlakala

Free State Stars: Ngobeni, Mbhele, Thlone, Teyise, Mahamutsa, Vilakazi, Jantjie, Dlamini, Masehe, Sekola, Anas (Maphakisa 82')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH NEW PETER MOKABA STADIUM
BAROKA FC GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
38. Mohammed Anas (62')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
90'
30
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
3
24
Defender
2
Defender
28
Defender
51'
28
Defender
81'
25
Defender
6
Defender
6
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
44'
50
Midfielder
90'
36
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
80'
12
Midfielder
22
Forward/Striker
62'
82'
38
SUBSTITUTIONS
Marshall Munetsi
Midfielder
51'
25
Thabo Maphakisa
Midfielder
82'
37
Jose Garcia
Midfielder
80'
44
Mfundhisi Chauke
Forward/Striker
90'
22
CARDS
Oscarine Masuluke
Goalkeeper
90'
30
Nhlanhla Vilakazi
Midfielder
44'
50
Sifiso Mbhele
Defender
81'
25
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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