Brave Bay United go down to Stars
Posted: 5 October 2008 Time: 17:41
Bay United came back down to earth after last week's superb victory over Orlando Pirates, falling to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership match at the Welkom Rugby Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The newly-promoted side put on a brave display, twice replying to Stars' onslaught, but the Free State side simply had too much firepower on the day and ran out deserved winners.
Ea Lla Koto scored via Saitjeni Tsotetsi, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Diyo Sibisi, while Bay replied with goals from Abayomi Adebayo and Linos Chalwe.
Stars dominated from early in the match, though strikers Tsotetsi, Sibisi and Ngcobo found Bay goalkeeper Arthur Bartman a difficult man to beat.
Owen Da Gama's side created numerous chances, but a combination of poor finishing and some good work by the visiting 'keeper saw them frustrated until the latter stages of the first half.
In fact, United were unlucky not to take the lead in the 26th minute when Patrick Mayo pounced on a loose ball from a corner kick, but the defender's shot rattled the crossbar.
Tsotetsi broke the deadlock in favour of the hosts in the 37th minute, shooting home from the right side of the 18-yard area after good work by Sibisi. It was Ea Lla Koto's first goal in the Absa Premiership this season and it saw them leading 1-0 at half time.
Just four minutes after the restart Stars doubled their advantage, as Ngcobo headed home Duncan Lechesa's corner kick.
However, Bay United replied in the 55th minute with a goal from Adebayo just moments after Lizo Genu had hit the crossbar with a close-range effort.
Stars' Ruben Cloete almost restored his side's two-goal lead in the 69th minute, but his free-kick was turned round the post by Bartman, and seven minutes later Sibisi missed a volley from close range after a good cross by substitute Jimmy Kauleza.
The burly striker missed another opportunity in the 80th minute, but he made up for it when he scored Stars' final goal in the 83rd minute, scoring from 12 yards out.
United refused to drop their heads, coming up with an immediate reply to set up a tense finish. With five minutes to play, substitute Linos Chalwe scored an acrobatic effort from Rodrigue Ebongue's corner kick.
However, it was not enough for the newly-promoted team to make a comeback, and Stars saw out the match to claim all three points.
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