Free State Stars and Platinum Stars played to a 1-1 draw
Posted: 16 January 2011 Time: 17:37
Free State Stars and Platinum Stars played to an entertaining 1-1 draw in their Absa Premiership match at Goble Park on Sunday afternoon.
Despite the goals (scored by Mpho Makola and Bradley Grobler for the home and away sides respectively) being superbly taken, the match was marked by a poor standard of finishing and should have produced more than just two notes on the score sheet.
Platinum Stars started strongly and very nearly took a 13th minute lead when Dillon Sheppard got the better of Kleinbooi Taaibos and played in a terrific low cross that Stanley Kgatla would have swept into the net had Kennedy Mweene not deflected the ball with a desperate interception.
Free State Stars found themselves under pressure but they were the team that broke the deadlock, very much against the run of play, in the 25th minute. Kgatla brought down Noah Chivuta just a few metres outside the penalty area and Mpho Makola scored direct from the resultant free kick, curling his shot over the defensive wall to beat Tapuwa Kapini on the goalkeeper’s left-hand side.
Dikwena’s best chance to level the scores in the first half fell to Grobler in the 34th minute. The young striker had been played in on goal by a clever touch from Sheppard and had only Mweene to beat, but he somehow contrived to spoon his shot over the bar from just a few metres out.
The visitors could have found themselves two goals down in the 40th minute of the match. Ea Lla Koto strung together a good passage of passing in and around the Platinum Stars penalty area before Chivuta got away a low shot that was well saved by Kapini.
Platinum Stars caught the home team napping at the start of the second stanza and brought themselves level within a minute of the restart. Right winger Joseph Malongoane curled a quality cross to the near post where the unmarked Grobler finished expertly with his head to make it 1-1.
Stars created next to nothing in the first 20 minutes of the second half but on 67 minutes substitute Madoda Motha should have put them back in the lead. Kleinbooi Taaibos played in a low cross from the right that Motha should have simply steered into the back of the net but the striker seemed surprised that the ball reached him at all and failed to capitalise on the chance.
Grobler should have scored a second goal in the 77th minute, but, after running onto Thuso Phala’s clever square pass, the Platinum Stars striker lost his composure and again ballooned his effort over the top when he had only the ‘keeper to beat.
Free State Stars created three glaring opportunities in the last six minutes of regulation time but Motha, Petrus Mahlatsi and Makola all failed to take advantage of Dikwena’s sudden and alarming disorganisation in defence, leaving the game locked at 1-1 when the final whistle sounded.