Stars steal win over Maritzburg
Posted: 22 September 2015 Time: 21:44
Free State Stars added to Maritzburg United’s woes on Tuesday night, scoring at the death through Robert Sankara to claim a 3-2 win at Harry Gwala Stadium.
Danny Venter had the first chance with a header but it missed the target. Two minutes later Kurt Lentjies came back and took a shot, but Daouda Diakite managed to put a stop to it. Virgil Vries was also given a test by Mrisho Ngasa, but he managed to pull off a great save.
In the 32nd minute defender Thamsanqa Teyise tried to get his second goal of the season and give Maritzburg United a lead but his shot missed the target.
In the dying minutes of the first half Ngasa came close in finding a break but his effort at goal missed to the right of the net, and this saw the two teams go to the half-time interval goalless.
In the second half it was Rusike who came with the first effort with a header that went over the crossbar before he was replaced by Deolin Mekoa a few minutes later.
Then Danny Venter opened the scoring in the 62nd minute with a great left-footed finish and gave Free State Stars a 1-0 lead after after receiving the ball from Bokang Thlone.
A minute later substitute Mekoa delivered a great ball into the box but Reabetswe Rakoti thwarted him.
Maritzburg continued to press hard and they finally got their break when they were awarded a penalty after a handball by Themba Shabalala and Lentjies made no mistake to equalise.
In the 75th minute Venter took a direct free-kick but his shot went over the bar and then two minutes later he had another opportunity but this time he hit the side-netting.
Four minutes later Free Stars got the lead and this time it was through Andrea Fileccia, who netted a powerful penalty after Philani Zulu fell victim to an unfair tackle.
In the dying minutes of the match substitute Mohhamed Anas displayed some great leadership as he netted an equaliser for United following an assist from Siyabulela Shai.
But in the second minute of stoppage time it was Robert Sankara who spoiled the party for Maritzburg as he netted a winning goal for a 3-2 victory.
HOME: Maritzburg United
Coach: Fadlu Davids
AWAY: Free State Stars
Coach: Ernst Middendorp