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Katlego Mashego of Free State Stars (left) tussels with Siyabonga Nhlapho of Jomo Cosmos

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Stalemate at the Sinaba Stadium

Posted: 25 February 2012 Time: 17:30

Jomo Cosmos let a two-goal lead slip as they were held 2-2 by Free State Stars in their Absa Premiership clash at the Sinaba Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Tshidiso Mosikidi and Saname Wome saw the visitors gain a point and Cosmos will once again be frustrated after giving up points from a winning position.

The first 45 minutes was a scrappy affair with very few clear-cut chances on goal as both sides struggled to hold onto the ball for sustained periods of play. Instead, both teams gifted possession back to their opposition with some poor passing.

The home side, though, did start brightly as Siyabonga Nontshinga tried his luck from 30-yards out, but he saw his well-struck effort sail narrowly over the crossbar.

After that the game fell into a bit of a lull as no side had the imagination in the final third of the field to break down their opposing defence.

The next effort on goal only came in the 19th minute as Edward Manqele unleashed a thunderbolt from just outside the area, but his shot was straight at Avril Phali who made a relatively comfortable save.

Ten minutes later and a lapse in concentration at the back by Free State Stars’ Sadate Ouro-Akoriko resulted in the game’s opening goal.

The Ea Lla Koto defender was not paying attention when he tried to lob a back pass to Kennedy Mweene from about 30-yards out on the right side of the box, but he did not see that his goalkeeper was off his goalline.

The Zambian international keeper tried to head the ball clear, but only succeeded in heading the ball into the back of his own net, 1-0.

Ouro-Akoriko tried to make up for his mistake in the 31st minute, but the acrobatics of Phali saw the Cosmos keeper palm a powerful 16-yard shot over the crossbar.

The rest of the half saw Cosmos sit back in defence as they weathered a storm of pressure from the Stars attack. Nonetheless, the first half finished 1-0 in favour of the home side.

The second half got off to a blistering start and Cosmos doubled their lead two minutes after the break.

Youngster Matthew Rusike scored a peach of a goal as he saw his 25-yard scorcher hit the top right-hand corner of the net, 2-0.

Stars, however, were not content to let the game get away from them and quickly hit back in the 49th minute through second half substitute Tshidiso Mosikidi who found the back of the net with a clinical shot from the edge of the box, 2-1.

The visitors’ first goal seemed to inspire them as they began playing some swift passing football and it appeared only a matter of time before they drew level.

That goal came in the 66th minute as Saname Wome rounded off a fantastic passing move with a deadly finish from just inside the 18-yard box, 2-2.

With the game flowing from end to end it seemed one team would find the winner, but both side’s finishing was woeful in front of goal and consequently the match finished 2-2.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 06:01 pm
mbombela is buzzing gdluk, zimpofan ezinhle.
Anonymous
posted: 07:00 pm
How wish Chiefs can win 2nite just to other pretenders under pressure since their win will have no impact in the race anyway.
Postmanpat
posted: 07:50 pm
I'm a Cosmos fan but the way Cosmos played today was shocking. Two lucky goals. We could not string five passes together, our attack lacked direction. The Midfield vanished after we scored the second goal. Three games, three draws. That is three points out of a possible nine. I expected a win today. I'm getting worried now.
The Ghost
posted: 07:50 pm
It is time for Jomo Sono to step down and let someone else, someone with new ideas to take over. Sorry bra J but you have held that position for far too long. Granted, the team is yours no one will ever dispute that, but I think it is time to step back and let someone else try something different otherwise it will be the same old song.
The Ghost
posted: 07:55 pm
It is time for Jomo Sono to step down and let someone else, someone with new ideas to take over. Sorry bra J but you have held that position for far too long. Granted, the team is yours no one will ever dispute that, but I think it is time to step back and let someone else try something different otherwise it will be the same old song.
Anonymous
posted: 11:20 am
Eish! Cosmos, how do you guys expect to win games if your defense just clears every ball and dont push up! there is absolutely no structure in the team as the boys seems to be defending and marking players more than attacking! where is the technical guidance for this team, clearly you have quality players but there seems to be no technical direction!!!! one can now see why you remain at the bottom!
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