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Free State Stars eliminated by SuperSport United in MTN8 Cup

Posted: 4 August 2012 Time: 18:01

SuperSport United progress to the semi-finals of the MTN8 as they beat Free State Stars 2-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

Nathan Paulse and Franklin Cale scored to send SuperSport through.

Both teams showed off their new signings, with Paulse, Bevan Fransman, Roscoe Pietersen, Lucas Thwala and George Maluleka turning out for SuperSport, and Taonga Dondo, Luyanda Hlongwa and Daniel Cordosa making their debuts for Free State Stars.

After a stop-start opening three minutes, Kennedy Mweene made the first save of the game when he pushed over Paulse’s glancing header, while Pietersen pulled off a good block at the near post from a Free State Stars’ corner in the 5th minute.

Dondo created the first real chance for the visitors when his 12th-minute effort went over Ronwen Williams’ goal.

Thwala was left hopelessly exposed on the left side of SuperSport’s defence and Katlego Mashego’s pace was too much for him in the 22nd minute, however Ea Lla Koto lacked the finishing touch.

Just before the half-hour mark, Maluleka supplied a great ball into the box, which found Paulse, and his glancing header put Gavin Hunt’s men in the lead.

10 minutes later, Stars coach Steve Komphela was given his marching orders by the referee Daniel Bennett after he tried to voice his disappointment about the tackles on his players.

Ashley Hartog came close to making it 2-0 in the 44th, after his swirling volley went over the bar.

Then SuperSport went further ahead when Cale sent in a swirling shot, which evaded everybody and snuck in at the far post.

Free State Stars finally managed to pull a goal back through the impressive Katlego Mashaba in the 63rd minute, when he latched onto a poor piece of defending by Pietersen to chip it into the back of the net.

Mabhuti Khenyeza replaced a tired Paulse in the 70th minute, but a minute later Williams made an excellent save to deny what looked like a clear goal, and SuperSport ended up 2-1 winners to eliminate Stars from the MTN8.

SuperSport United: Williams; Pietersen, Fransman, Thwala, Nkausu; Maluleka, Gyimah, Maluleke (Mdluli 74’), Cale; Paulse (Khenyeza 70’), Hartog

Free State Stars: Mweene; Sambu, Ouro-Akoriko, Cardoso, Masehe; Mashego, Wome (Nomandela 80’), Mashaba, Wiltwer (Mvula 65’); Hlongwa (Chivuta 53’), Dondo

HOME: SuperSport United

AWAY: Free State Stars

Previous comments on this story...

Hout Bay Hooligan
posted: 06:59 pm
Good game well played SuperSport!!!
posted: 08:34 am
You're joining the Champs. Let's see what the minnows will come up with this afternoon. Sea Robbers On The Rampage !!!
posted: 09:45 am
Phephi bo ya lla koto
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 10:30 am
swallows mst beat amazulu,as for signdowns and zebra force bring whoever u want idn care,actualy u can for ur national yellow team to face the mighty champs in the final.congrats to zion fc ,a jobwell done
posted: 11:04 am
eintlek what were they thinking when they sold all their star players and expect to carry on where they left off last season, no manqele, no lessillo, no matlaba, no maholo no makola tjoh tjoh this stars will be walloped this season
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 11:25 am
If you look closely in that Free State Stars player's mouth, you'll notice the "Yellow Gap." Hehehehehe.

So early on in the season mara? Lol. Clearly another dry season for Sunwongs. King, you know more about these dental gaps than all of us that the Sundoms keep getting them from.

Up the Bucs...
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