Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars
Friday Sep 29, 2017. 22:10
Free State Stars secured a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.
As a result, Ea Lla Koto climb up to ninth spot on the league table, while the Team of Choice remain sixth on the log.
There were no clear cut chances for either team in the first 15 minutes of the encounter in the city of Pietermaritzburg.
The hosts did threaten through Evans Rusike just before the half-hour mark after gaining control of the match.
However, the Zimbabwe international's effort was well saved by Stars goalkeeper Badra Sangare.
Maritzburg, who are coached by Fadlu Davids, pushed for the opening goal with the half-time break fast approaching.
But Stars stood firm at the back and the score was 0-0 at half-time between the two sides.
With his side struggling to break the deadlock in the second-half, Davids made a change in the 58th minute.
Andrea Fileccia, a former Stars striker, was replaced by Devon Saal, as the the Team of Choice looked to break the deadlock.
However, the visitors were slightly better than the hosts and they managed to break the deadlock with 17 minutes left.
Sinethemba Jantjie fired past Maritzburg keeper Richard Ofori to make it 1-0 to Stars with a decent finish.
The goalscorer was then pulled out and he was replaced by defender-cum-midfielder Katlego Mashego as Stars looked to contain Maritzburg.
The hosts pushed for a last equalizing goal, but Stars held on to their slender lead in the remaining minutes and they won 1-0.
Maritzburg (0) 0
FS Stars (0) 1 (Jantjie 73')
Maritzburg:Ofori, Xulu, Fransman, Weidlich, Makaringe (Kunene 46'), Maboe, Mekoa, Shandu, Atouba (Mokate 70'), Rusike, Fileccia (Saal 58').
FS Stars: Sangare, Mokhuoane, Mobbie, Keita, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Vilakazi, Manqele (Dlamini 69'), Potsane, Anas, Jantjie (Mashego 78').