MATCH CENTRE

WED 10 MAY 2017, 19:30, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

3
VS
1

Bidvest Wits drop points in Free State

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Wed May 10, 21:19

Free State Stars stunned Bidvest Wits 3-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on Wednesday night.

The win sees Ea Lla Koto climb up to the 12th spot on the league standings, while the Clever Boys remain at the top of the table with two games left.

Ea Lla Koto had a chance to take an early lead from a free-kick in the ninth minute, but Tamsanqa Teyise's effort from the set-piece was saved by Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.

But the veteran shot-stopper was beaten 15 minutes later when Makhehlene Makhaula pulled the trigger from outside the box and the ball hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Stars.

Wits were finding it difficult to break Stars defence. Mogakolodi Ngele, the Wits striker, was neutralised by the Stars central defenders Rooi Mahamutsa and Tamsanqa Teyise.

Ea Lla Koto were able to contain the Clever Boys until the match blew the half-time whistle and Stars were leading 1-0 during the half-time much to the delight of the home crowd.

The Clever Boys came very close to levelling matters twelve minutes into the second-half, but Vincent Phiri's effort which had beaten Thela Ngobeni in Stars goal hit the upright.

It was soon 2-0 to Stars in the 65th minute when Mohammed Anas fired home after Sifiso Mbhele's effort had hit the upright and the former punished the Wits the defence.

Ten minutes later, Wits striker Cuthbert Malajila hit the back of the net to make it 2-1 for his side. But the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Sifiso Myeni received a straight red card.

Stars then took advantage of their numerical advantage as Sinethemba Jantjie scored in the last minute and the home side recorded a 3-1 victory over Wits.

FS Stars (1) 3 (Makhaula 24', Anas 65', Jantjie 90')
Wits (0) 1 (Malajila 75')

FS Stars: Ngobeni, Mbhele, Teyise, Sekotlong (Kerspuy 71'), Mahamutsa, Jantjie, Masehe, Dlamini (Venter 90') Mashego, Anas, Makhaula.

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Ntshangase, Ngele (47'), Scott, Frosler, Monare (Keene 70'), Mahlambi, Pule (Klate 61'), Malajil

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
4. Makhehlene Makhaula (24') 25. Cuthbert Malajila (75')
38. Mohammed Anas (65')
22. Sinethemba Jantjie (89')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1 1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
28
Defender
15
Defender
25
Defender
6
3
Midfielder
90'
26
Midfielder
26
20
Midfielder
47'
10
Midfielder
24'
4
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
89'
22
Midfielder
70'
8
Midfielder
71'
7
Midfielder
41'
61'
12
Forward/Striker
10'
65'
38
Forward/Striker
75'
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Angelo Kerspuy
Midfielder
71'
15
Sifiso Myeni
Midfielder
47'
23
Danny Venter
Forward/Striker
90'
8
Daine Klate
Midfielder
61'
7
James Keene
Midfielder
70'
28
CARDS
Mohammed Anas
Forward/Striker
10'
38
Vincent Pule
Midfielder
41'
12
Sifiso Myeni
Midfielder
78'
23
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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