Free State Stars beat Mpumalanga Black Aces
Posted: 30 October 2010 Time: 18:42
Free State Stars picked up their first three points of the season as they defeated Mpumalanga Black Aces 2 -1.
Stars took the lead in the second half through Noah Chivuta, but Aces did manage to level the scores through Mpho Maleka. Still, Steve Komphela’s men were not to be denied and Nzuzi Soki scored what proved to be the match winner in the 78th minute.
Aleni Lebyane went for goal in the seventh minute, letting fly at Francis Chansa with a powerful left-footed shot. The Aces keeper managed to track the ball and did well to stand his ground and made the save look easy.
Aces defender Sibusiso Dabi was bailed out by his keeper when he flicked a Stars cross from the right onto the feet of Mpho Makola who tried to hack the ball across goal, but Chansa intercepted it and plucked it out of the air in the 18th minute.
As the action moved to the other end of the field Bantam got beyond the Stars defence as he stormed down the right channel of the home side’s penalty area. He drove the ball powerfully at goal and the Stars keeper Kennedy Mweene needed two chances to bring his 25th minute effort under control.
Just before the half-hour mark Ramulondi squandered a glorious chance when he blasted the ball from a mere 12 yards from goal way over the cross bar, when he had the time to pick his spot.
Ramulondi spurned another great opportunity in the 36th minute, when he dragged the ball wide from inside the Stars 18-yard area with just Mweene to beat after he had been wonderfully put through on goal by Bantam.
Aces may have finished the first half on the ascent but it was Stars who began the second brightly. Makola went gliding in from the right wing before off loading the ball to Noah Chivuta. The striker connected well with the ball at the first time of asking with his left boot and drove the ball past a helpless Chansa to hand the home side the lead in the 53rd minute.
The visitors went on the offensive and found themselves and equalizer on 61 minutes. Masondo played a quick short corner with Mbatha and he whipped the return ball into the danger are where his skipper Mpho Maleka was waiting to head the ball home.
Aces were forced to substitute keeper Chansa in the 67th minute as he was suffering with cramps, and losing Chansa was to prove costly for the home team.
Twelve minutes from time, just as he was to be substituted, Soki scored Stars second goal. Aces did not properly clear a Stars attack and when the ball fell to Soki he hit it with all his power past substitute keeper Walter Khumalo in the 78th minute.