MATCH CENTRE

WED 24 APRIL 2019, 18:00, GOBLE PARK STADIUM

2
VS
2

Baroka fight back to hold Stars

by BackPageTXT

Wed April 24, 20:36

Baroka FC twice came from a goal down to hold Free State Stars 2-2 in an Absa Premiership match at Goble Park on Wednesday evening.

The result sees both teams edge away from the relegation playoff berth – now occupied by Chippa United on 24 points – with Ea Lla Koto on 26 points and Bakgaga on 25 points.

Stars started the match strongly and tested Baroka goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze with a few early attempts.

On 20 minutes the hosts’ aggression paid dividends when Mpho Khabane sent an effort beyond the reach of the goal minder to put Ea Lla Koto 1-0 up.

The Limpopo visitors looked for a quick replay through the likes of Mduduzi Mdantsane and Collins Makgaka, but Stars’ defence held firm up to half time to ensure they held a narrow lead at the break.

Yet Bakgaga needed just five minutes of the second half to restore parity, with Lawrence Ntswane taking advantage of some slack defending from the hosts to make it 1-1.

In addition, Baroka had also introduced Jemondre Dickens off the bench in an effort to boost their attack and put some pressure on the Free Staters.

However, Stars attacker Sibusiso Hlubi put his team back in the ascendancy with a fine finish on 55 minutes, continuing his good form after also netting against Highlands Park last week.

But if Ea Lla Koto thought they had turned the game decisively in their favour, they were very much mistaken. Makgaka brought Baroka with a fine strike in the 73rd minute, bringing the score to 2-2.

A tense final 20 minutes played out, with both teams trying to push for a win while also being loathe to leave themselves exposed to a counter attack, and in the end a point apiece was a fair reflection of the game.

The teams will return to Absa Premiership action on Sunday 28 April, with Stars away to Golden Arrows at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium and Baroka at home to AmaZulu at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium.


Free State Stars (1) 2 (Khabane 20’, Hlubi 55’)
Baroka FC (0) 2 (Ntswane 50’, Makgaka 73’)


Stars: Mbambo, Mobbie, Mahamutsa, Mathumo, Khabane (Kizza 52’), Jappie, Masehe, Makhaula, Hlubi (Dlamini 64’), Tchilimbou (Mokhuoane 76’), Rodgers

Baroka: Chipezeze, Kgoetyane, Gebhardt, Makume, Ntswane, Patjie, Mdantsane, Madigoe (Dickens 50’), Makgantai, Makgaka (Semenya 90’), Sibiya

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE GOBLE PARK STADIUM
FREE STATE STARS GOALS BAROKA FC GOALS
33. Mpho Khabane (20') 43. Lawrence Ntswane (50')
10. Collins Makgaka (73')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
0
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
28
Midfielder
72'
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
73'
90'
10
Midfielder
76'
27
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
50'
43
Midfielder
20'
52'
33
Midfielder
53
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
17'
50'
0
Midfielder
64'
17
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
37'
19
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
33
SUBSTITUTIONS
Martin Kizza
Forward/Striker
52'
0
Jemondre Dickens
Midfielder
50'
28
Goodman Dlamini
Midfielder
64'
26
Thabiso Semenya
Defender
90'
36
Relebogile Mokhuoane
Midfielder
76'
15
CARDS
Yusuf Jappie
Midfielder
37'
19
Thato Madigoe
Midfielder
17'
0
Bonginkosi Makume
Midfielder
72'
0
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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