MATCH CENTRE

WED 26 APRIL 2017, 19:30, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

1
VS
1

Free State fail to ease relegation woes

by Scent ition

Wed April 26, 21:49

Free State Stars failed to ease their relegation woes after playing to a 1-1 draw against Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership match at Moruleng stadium on Wednesday night.

The draw sees Ea Lla Koto only one point above the relegation zone, currently occupying 14th place on the table with 23 points from 25 matches.

Platinum Stars, on the other hand, will continue to fight for a top eight spot with the draw leaving them in tenth place on the table with 26 points from 24 matches (five points adrift of eighth position on the table).

Dikwena did start the better of the two teams and managed to opening the scoring after ten minutes when Henrico Botes headed home a cross from Gerald Phiri, 1-0.

Free State hit back eight minutes later when Nhlanhla Vilakazi curled the ball into the top corner from just outside the box, 1-1.

Platinum Stars nearly re-took the lead in the 30th minute when Ryan De Jongh unleashed a pile-driver from outside the box, but goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni made a good save to deny him.

The half ended 1-1.

Dikwena continued to dictate terms in the second half and almost scored in the 59th minute, Benson Shilongo shot from range went inches wide of the target.

In the 70th minute Solomon Mathe also tried his luck from long range, but his effort also went wide of the Free State goal.

Dikwena continued to push forward in search of a winner, but were unable to break down a stubborn Free State defence as the game ended 1-1.

Platinum Stars (1) 1 (Botes 10’)
Free State Stars (1) 1 (Vilakazi 18’)

Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Mlilo, Mnguni, Mkhabela, De Jongh, Mere, Mathe, Links (Msomi 56’), Phiri (Nale 76’), Botes, Shilongo (Mabena 62’).

Free State Stars: Ngobeni, Masehe, Teyise, Tlhone, Dlamini, Mbhele, Vilakazi, Makhaula, Maphakisa (Sekotlong 74’), Jantjie (Mashego 67’), Sekola

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
9. Henrico Botes (10') 50. Nhlanhla Vilakazi (18')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
23
24
Defender
3
Defender
25
Defender
2
Defender
6
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
76'
0
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
56'
0
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
18'
50
Midfielder
90'
28
Midfielder
5
Forward/Striker
62'
7
Midfielder
67'
22
Forward/Striker
10'
47'
9
Midfielder
74'
37
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sibusiso Msomi
Midfielder
56'
15
Katlego Mashego (FST)
Midfielder
67'
20
Ndumiso Mabena
Forward/Striker
62'
10
Thokozani Sekotlong
Midfielder
74'
7
Abia Nale
Midfielder
76'
37
CARDS
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
47'
9
Solomon Mathe
Midfielder
90'
28
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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