Stars beat Leopards
Posted: 27 October 2007 Time: 10:35
Free State Stars moved up to third in the Premier League following their 2-0 win over Black Leopards at Goble Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Sifiso Vilakazi and Diyo Sibisi scored for Ea Lla Koto, who finished the game with 10 men after Ruben Cloete received his marching orders four minutes from the end.
The hosts threatened from the offset with Sibisi threatening as early as the sixth minute when he forced Leopards’ keeper Ephraim Tjihonge into producing a superb save to tip his effort around the post for a corner, and Stars threatened a minute later when Jimmy Kauleza hit the bar from the edge of the area.
Vilakazi put Free State Stars ahead in the 24th minute when he latched onto a cross by Diyo Sibisi before rifling home a low shot from inside the area.
Vilakazi should have doubled their lead 10 minutes later when he shot over the bar from close range, following a superb cross by Ruben Cloete.
The match remained 1-0 at the break.
The hosts continued their dominance in the second stanza, Vilakazi again the main threat. The striker went close in the 54th minute when his attempted lob flew just over the bar.
Sibisi almost doubled their lead two minutes later when he sent his header just wide of goal from a corner by Kauleza.
However, Sibisi increased his lead at the top of the scorers’ charts when he scored with a low shot after being set up by Vilakazi in the 76th minute.
Stars were reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute when Cloete received his marching orders after collecting his second yellow card of the game.