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2 - 2
(2 - 0)
Lucas Moripe Stadium
11/02/2015 19:30
Referee: Thabo Nkosi

Spirited Stars deny SuperSport

Posted: 11 February 2015 Time: 18:27

Second-half substitute Mbuyiselo Thethani chipped in with a goal and an assist to secure a 2-2 draw for Free State Stars against SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening. 

First-half goals from Kingston Nkhatha and Thuso Phala seemed to have won it for Matsatsantsa, but Stars fought back to secure a valuable point.

SuperSport got off to a blistering start with Nkhatha opening his account at the club in the seventh minute. The former Kaizer Chiefs man ran on to a perfectly weighted through ball before firing past an onrushing Glenn Verbauwhede with his weaker left foot, 1-0

Provider turned scorer soon after with Phala doubling the hosts' lead in the 10th minute. The Bafana Bafana winger cut in field from the right flank before curling a left-footed shot into the corner of the net from about 25 yards, 2-0.

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Ea Lla Koto went close to pulling one back six minutes later. Danny Venter skipped past a couple of SuperSport defenders, but his resulting shot lacked venom and accuracy, leaving Ronwen Williams with an easy save.

Matsatsantsa kept knocking on the door and almost grabbed a third in the 22nd minute, Enocent Mkhabela heading David Mathebula's free-kick inches over the crossbar.

Chances were few and far between as the half grew to an end with SuperSport heading into the break leading 2-0.

Gordon Igesund's men, though, would have be mindful of what happened in Phuthaditjhaba earlier this season when Ea Lla Koto came from behind to win 3-2 as they discussed an impressive first half in the changing room.

Stars looked a different side after the break as SuperSport sat back.

The hosts, though, would still have their chances, with Mathebula firing his free-kick effort onto the crossbar in the 68th minute.

Ea Lla Koto found their goal through academy graduate Thethani, who hammered a thunderous effort past Williams in the 79th minute, 2-1.

The visitors pulled level 10 minutes later through Hendrick Somaeb. Thethani’s superb through ball found the attacker, who chipped Williams to send the away fans into ecstasy, 2-2.

HOME: SuperSport United

Coach: Gordon Igesund
Formation: four two three one

AWAY: Free State Stars

Coach: Kinnah Phiri
Formation: four four one one

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