Premier Soccer League Free State Stars Bloemfontein Celtic
Posted: 3 December 2014 Time: 17:57
Free State Stars claimed bragging rights with a 1-0 victory over neighbouring Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night.
Ea Lla Koto ended a run of three successive League losses thanks to Tiyani Mabunda’s late strike and move, temporarily at least, to 12th place on the table, just four positions and two points behind Phunya Sele Sele.
After an uneventful first half, Celtic made two changes at the start of the second stanza, with Joel Mogorosi and Lyle Lakay coming on for Dumisani Zuma and Vuyani Ntanga respectively.
Stars soon made a change of their own, with Sydney Masana replacing Andrea Fileccia, and the substitute had a great chance in the 52nd minute, getting on the end of a cross from Danny Venter only to head over the crossbar.
Shortly thereafter Celtic defender Musa Bilankulu had a chance to put his side ahead, but his effort failed to trouble Ea Lla Koto goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali.
On 64 minutes the Bloemfontein side had another opportunity, but Lakay’s shot was brilliantly parried away by Mtshali, while just a minute later Venter blasted wide for the hosts.
Phunya Sele Sele had their last roll of the dice in terms of substitutes when they sent on Malawian striker Frank Mhango with just over 10 minutes to play.
However, it was Stars who stole all three points with a goal in the 86th minute: Mabunda got on the end of a pass from Richard Henyekane and had the beating of Patrick Tignyemb to score the match winner.
HOME: Free State Stars
Coach: Kinnah Phiri
Formation: four four two
AWAY: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Ernst Middendorp
Formation: four three one two