Free State Stars edge out Polokwane City

Free State Stars edge out Polokwane City
Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Mohammed Anas of Free State Stars during the 2017 Maize Cup match between Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs on the 15 July 2017 at James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 21:49

Free State Stars overcame Polokwane City 3-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

As a result, Ea Lla Koto climbed up to the 12th spot on the league table, while Rise and Shine drop down to position 13 on the log.

The match got off to a lively start and it was Ea Lla Koto, who broke the deadlock through Mohammed Anas 15 minutes into the game.

The Ghanaian striker beat Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova from close range following an error by the latter.

The Zimbabwean shot-stopper was then beaten again in the 23rd minute and once again it was Anas, who made it 2-0 to Stars.

Ea Lla Koto were in complete control of the match and they extended their lead a minute later, and this time it was Paulus Masehe.

The Stars veteran made it 3-0 with a shot from range, but he then sent off in the 38th minute after collecting his second yellow card.

Nevertheless, Stars' 10 men managed to contain Polokwane in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score was 3-0 to the visitors at half-time.

Polokwane pushed for their first goal of the match after the restart and they managed to pull one back through Zimbabwean Walter Musona.

The first-half substitute headed past Stars shot-stopper Badre Ali Sangare, who was beaten for the first time on the night.

The Ivorian keeper then denied Puleng Tlolane in the 66th minute as Rise and Shine continued to pile pressure on the Ea Lla Koto defence.

But Sangare was beaten in the 80th minute when Sammy Seabi scored with a header, but Stars stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes and they won 3-2.

Polokwane (0) 2 (Musona 58', Seabi 80')
FS Stars (3) 3 (Anas 15', 23', Masehe 24')

Polokwane: Chigova, Tshehla, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Mbonani, Seabi, Jacobs (Musona 30'), Mngomezulu (Ndou 64'), Maluleke, Ramagalela, Tlolane (Mokondelela 89').

FS Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mobbie, Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Vilakazi, Potsane (Mashego 60'), Manqele (Abbubakar 41'), Anas (73'), Jantjie.

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