Hendrik Somaeb of Free State Stars
Saturday Dec 19, 2015. 18:05
Hendrik Somaeb netted the only goal of the match as Free State Stars beat Jomo Cosmos 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at the Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.
The home side were the first to threaten ten minutes when Danny Venter unleashed a shot which was well-saved by Sherwin Naicker in Cosmos goal.
Four minutes later, Stars defender Themba Shabalala was booked following his bad challenge on Cosmos full-back Penjie Zulu.
Both teams were struggling to maintain possession in the final third and seriously test the two shot-stoppers Naicker and Daouda Diakite.
The score was goalless during the half-time following a pretty quiet first-half in a chilly afternoon in the Bethlehem.
Stars coach Ernst Middendorp made a double change at the beginning of the second-half as they looked to grab the opening goal.
Namibian midfielder Hendrik Somaeb came on for Tanzanian striker Mrisho Ngasa and midfielder Makhehleni Makhaula replaced Katlego Mashego.
Somaeb made an immediate impact on the hour-mark as the 23-year-old midfielder hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Stars.
Eight minutes later, Cosmos full-back Zulu turned on the edge of the Stars box and unleashed a powerful shot which narrowly missed the target.
In the 85th minute, Cosmos forward Mukamba burst into the Stars, but he was bravely denied by Diakite from close range.
Ultimately, Somaeb's second-half strike proved to be the difference between Stars and Cosmos on the day as the former held on to win 1-0.
Free State Stars 1 (Somaeb 60')
Jomo Cosmos 0
Stars XI: Diakite, Masehe, Mashego (Makhaela 46') Chabalala, Shabalala, Thebekang, Ngasa (Somaeb 46'), Sekola, Jaftha (Vilakazi 78'), Kerspuy, Venter.
Cosmos XI: Naicker, Nsabiyumva, Mngomezulu, Mthembu (Mntambo 59'), Sithole, Monare, Mhone, Jampies, Zulu, Mashumba (Mukamba 59'), Aka.