MATCH CENTRE

WED 26 SEPTEMBER 2018, 19:30, NEW PETER MOKABA STADIUM

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Stars hold Baroka 0-0

by Staff Reporter

Wed September 26, 21:26

Free State Stars put in a strong defensive performance to hold Baroka FC 0-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.

Ea Lla Koto have taken four points from their last two outings and are up to eighth spot, while Bakgaga are up to 12th place but have not won any of their last six league matches.

Baroka started the match strongly and threatened in the opening minutes, with Mpho Kgaswane having a strong penalty appeal turned down, before Onkabetse Makgantai sent a lob over goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare but saw it skip just wide of the mark.

Bakgaga had another glaring chance – again falling to Makgantai – in the 28th minute after a rebound from a corner kick fell kindly for the forward, but he put his header wide at the same time as taking a kick to the chest from teammate Ranga Chivaviro.

Stars’ main source of attack was finding beanpole striker Eleazar Rodgers and looking to build off his flick-ons or hold-up play. One such example created space for Goodman Dlamini to shoot from the edge of the box, but he sent his effort wide in the 12th minute.

The match was goalless at the break, while Stars were forced into a substitution at the start of the second half when Ricardo Ndiki replaced Sifiso Mbhele (who sustained a troublesome cut) in defence.

The Limpopo side created another chance for Makgantai a couple of minutes before the hour mark, but after showing some nifty footwork to slide past Tshepo Tema, the Botswana forward sent his shot high and wide.

Another half-chance arrived in the 77th minute when Kgaswane had space to get away a shot from the ‘D’ of Stars’ penalty area, but he scuffed his attempt and Sangare and made a comfortable save.

The closest either side came to a goal was in the 84th minute: a Baroka corner kick was knocked down by Kgaswane beyond the far post and substitute Jemondre Dickens sent a header into the top of the crossbar.

The teams will return to Absa Premiership action in a week’s time, with Baroka away to Limpopo rivals Black Leopards and Stars visiting Chippa United in the Eastern Cape.

Baroka FC 0
Free State Stars 0

Baroka: Chipezeze, Kgoetyane, Mabeba, Banda, Makume, Mdatsane (Dickens 79’), Mosele, Chivaviro (Moseki 63’), Kgaswane, Makgantai, Makgaka (Patjie 90+2’)

Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mahamutsa, Mbhele (Ndiki 46’), Tema, Phungwayo, Jappie (Maruping 88’), Makhaula, Bhengu (Moseamedi 64’), Rodgers, Dlamini

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH NEW PETER MOKABA STADIUM
BAROKA FC GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Defender
24
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
2
29
Midfielder
0
Defender
28
Midfielder
90 + 2'
10
Defender
46'
20
Midfielder
0
Defender
17
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
79'
53
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
88'
19
Midfielder
63'
0
Forward/Striker
45 + 3'
9
Forward/Striker
33
Forward/Striker
64'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Moseki
Midfielder
63'
19
Ricardo Ndiki
Defender
46'
0
Jemondre Dickens
Midfielder
79'
28
Judas Moseamedi
Forward/Striker
64'
6
Tshidisho Patjie
Midfielder
90 + 2'
0
Mpho Maruping
Midfielder
88'
25
CARDS
Eleazar Rodgers
Forward/Striker
45 + 3'
9
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
GALLERY
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