MATCH CENTRE

SAT 03 FEBRUARY 2018, 15:30, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

2
VS
0

Free State move into second place

by Brian Lee

Sat February 03, 18:15

Free State Stars moved into second place on the Absa Premiership log after beating Baroka FC 2-0 in a league match at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

The win takes Stars onto 32 points, six points behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and one point above third place Cape Town City.

The Ea Lla Koto started the better of the two teams and controlled the flow of play, but they struggled to break down stubborn Baroka defence.

Nonetheless, the home side persisted with their attack and were rewarded for their efforts in the 32nd minute when Goodman Dlamini found himself in space inside the box and he produced a clinical finish to give Stars the lead, 1-0.

Baroka tried to find their way back into the match, but were unable to do so as they entered the break trailing by a goal.

Free State took control of the game once more after the break, but their decision making in the final third was poor.

Still, the Ea Lla Koto pushed forward and found their second goal in the 66th minute when a good passing movement concluded with Siphelele Mthembu finding the back of the net with a shot from the edge of the box, 2-0.

The game died down a bit after that and chances on goal were few and far between.

Baroka did try find some consolation and came close to scoring in the 85th minute when

Khutso Mohwatseleng met a cross into the box, but he fired wide from close range.

The game ended 2-0 in favour of Free State Stars.

The loss sees Baroka stay on 26 points in seventh place on the league table, but they could fall outside the top eight this weekend if other Absa Premiership results don’t go their way.

Free State (1) 2 (Dlamini 32’, Mthembu 66’)

Baroka (0) 0

Teams

Free State: Sangare, Maswehe, Mobbie, Mahamutsa, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Vilakazi, Tchilimbou, Dlamini (Cosse 75’), Jantjie (Teyise 87’), Mthembu (Anas 90’).

Baroka: Masuluke, Motupa, Shaku, Chawapiwa, Mothupa, Mohwatseleng, Banda (Mahashe 63’), Moeti (Macha 46’), Makgaka (Kgaswane 72’), Mdantsane, Madubanya.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS BAROKA FC GOALS
26. Goodman Dlamini (32')
21. Siphelele Mthembu (66')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
2
Defender
63'
24
29
Defender
15
Defender
28
Defender
6
Defender
19
Midfielder
72'
10
Midfielder
32'
26
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
53
Midfielder
87'
11
Midfielder
46'
21
Forward/Striker
66'
90'
21
Midfielder
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thamsanqa Teyise
Defender
87'
6
Lewis Macha
Forward/Striker
46'
19
Mohammed Anas
Forward/Striker
90'
3
Mahashe Mzwanele
Defender
63'
3
Mpho Kgaswane
Midfielder
72'
23
CARDS
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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