MATCH CENTRE

WED 13 DECEMBER 2017, 19:30, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

1
VS
0

Siphelele Mthembu guides 10-man FSS past Matsatsantsa

by Bertin Basson

Wed December 13, 21:44

Free State Stars move up to sixth place on the Absa Premiership standings following a 1-0 win over SuperSport United at Goble Park in Bethlehem on Wednesday night.

Siphelele Mthembu with the decisive goal of the game as the hosts returned to winning ways in the league. Patrick Phungwayo, who teed up the goal, received his marching orders midway through the second-half.

SuperSport remain in 11th spot on the league standings.

Ea Lla Koto started the better of the two teams and dominated the early exchanges before eventually taking the lead with 25 minutes on the clock.

Mthembu with the easiest of finishes following an eye-catching move by the hosts down the left flank. Phungwayo the main protagonist as he linked up brilliantly with two teammates before firing a precise ball across the face of goal.

The hosts continued to boss proceedings and were only denied a second by the brilliance of Reyaad Pieterse. The shot-stopper doing exceptionally well to deny Goodman Dlamini before pulling off a world class save to keep out Mthembu from close range.

Eric Tinkler duly changed things up at the interval with Matsatsantsa reverting to a back four with Clayton Daniel deployed in a holding role. Reneilwe Letsholonyane making his way off the bench as the Tshwane giants went in search of the equalizer.

SuperSport looked a better team, but Stars remained resolute in defence. Chances, though, would come but Jeremy Brockie failed to connect after Thuso Phala played a dangerous ball into the New Zealand international's feet.

The visitors were handed a further lifeline as Phungwayo received his marching orders in the 68th minute following a dangerous tackle on Siyabonga Nhlapo.

Despite being a man down, Ea Lla Koto still posed a sizable threat and should've doubled their lead 10 minutes later only for Sinethemba Jantjie to scuff his effort over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

SuperSport threw everything but the kitchen sink at Stars in the closing stages with Bradley Grobler missing a gilt-edged chance late on as Luc Eymael's men ultimately held on for all three points.

Free State Stars (1) 1 (Mthembu 25')
SuperSport United (0) 0

Free State Stars: Sangare; Mobbie, Keita, Teyise, Phungwayo - Hlubi (Potsane 51'), Vilakazi, Makhaula (Abubaker 63'), Jantjie, Dlamini (Mashego 71'), Mthembu.
SuperSport United: Pieterse; Nhlapo, Gould, Egwuekwe, Daniels (Grobler 80'), Boateng (Myeni 65'), - Modiba, Mokeke (Letsholonyane 46'), Mokoena, Phala - Brockie.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS
21. Siphelele Mthembu (25')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
22
Defender
16
Defender
2
0
Defender
68'
29
Defender
80'
20
Defender
6
Defender
29
Midfielder
71'
26
Defender
52'
65'
2
Midfielder
63'
4
Defender
20
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
51'
17
Midfielder
46'
21
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
25'
21
Forward/Striker
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Tebogo Potsane
Forward/Striker
51'
18
Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Midfielder
46'
6
Mumuni Abubakar
Midfielder
63'
12
Sifiso Myeni
Midfielder
65'
21
Katlego Mashego (FST)
Midfielder
71'
20
Bradley Grobler
Forward/Striker
80'
7
CARDS
Patrick Phungwayo
Defender
68'
29
Richard Kissi Boateng
Defender
52'
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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