PSL Absa Premiership: Free State Stars vs Bidvest Wits
Posted: 26 September 2015 Time: 14:12
Bidvest Wits slipped off the Absa Premiership summit after drawing 0-0 with Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday.
Wits entered the tie a point ahead of Platinum Stars in the standings.
Howeve, they were unable to breach Ea Lla Koto's rearguard, while Dikwena beat struggling SuperSport United 3-1 in a corresponding fixture.
Ea Lla Koto were the better side on the day as they triggered a man-of-the-match performance from Clever Boys goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs .
The game got off to a lively start with both sides looking for the early advantage, but Wits had a slight upper hand in terms of ball possession.
However, Stars were the first to take a serious shot at goal when midfielder Danny Venter unleashed a long-range effort which went wide of the target.
The encounter began to open up after the 15-minute mark, but the two sides were struggling to create clear-cut opportunities.
Josephs was called into action in the 26th minute when Katlego Mashego forced the former Ajax Cape Town into a fine save.
With five minutes left on the clock before the half-time break, Wits midfielder Papy Faty's attempt was blocked inside the Stars box.
Ea Lla Koto created more chances after the interval. Josephs was forced to make a great save six minutes into the second-half, pushing away Mrisho Ngasa's free-kick.
Ten minutes later, Stars substitute Moeketsi Sekola's snap shot from the left missed the upright, with Josephs well-beaten.
Wits substitute Kris Bright tried his luck from range in the 82nd minute, but Stars goalkeeper Dauoda Diakite was well-positioned to make a save.
Ultimately, the match ended 0-0 with the two sides sharing the spoils on the day.
HOME: Free State Stars
Coach: Ernst Middendorp
AWAY: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt