Jantjie nets late winner as Stars record first away win

Jantjie nets late winner as Stars record first away win
Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jan 09, 2019. 22:08

Free State Stars came from a goal down to beat relegation rivals Maritzburg United 2-1 in an Absa Premiership game at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday evening.

Relebogile Mokhuoane and Sinethemba Jantjie found the back of the net for Ea Lla Koto with victory - a first away from home this season - leading the club up to 13th place on the log standings, five points clear of bottom-placed Maritzburg.

Deolin Mekoa opened the scoring in KZN with a neat finish on the cusp of half-time as Maritzburg went in search of a first home win of the campaign.

It was not to be for the hosts, though, as Mokhuoane pulled the visitors level in the 72nd minute with a neat back heel, before Jantjie struck home a sweet finish nine minutes later to seal all three points for Stars.

The Bidvest Wits-bound attacker rose of the bench to great effect to pull Stars clear while a fourth defeat in succession leaves Maritzburg in serious trouble.

Maritzburg United (1) 1 (Mekoa 45+7')

Free State Stars (0) 2 (Mokhuoane 72' Jantjie 81')

Maritzburg United: Ofori; Sanoka, Onyango, Farmer (Figuareido 87'), Xulu, Matsi, Kunene (Shandu 65'), Mekoa, Atouba (Ndlovu 82'), Makgalwa, Fileccia.

Free State Stars: Sangare; Phungwayo, Mbhele, Mahamutsa, Mobbie, Masehe (Maruping 77'), Makhaula (Jantjie 63'), Mokhuoane, Dlamini, Jappie, Tchilimbou (Khabane 90+3').

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