Bay drop to bottom of log
Posted: 8 February 2009 Time: 18:24
Bay United have dropped to the foot of the Absa Premiership table after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Free State Stars at the EPRU Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Ea Lla Koto's Sthembiso Ngcobo continued his rich vein of form by netting the game's only goal.
United were down to 10-men in the 76th minute when MacDonald Mukansi was shown the red card for a professional foul on Duncan Lechesa.
Stars' Paulos Masehe had the game's first creditable shot at goal, powering his right footed drive over the crossbar from 20 yards out in the seventh minute. A short while later Jermaine Christian tried to test Stars' Kennedy Mweene with his potent left foot, but the defender's free kick was too high to bother the 'keeper.
Masehe threatened again in the 16th minute but Bay's Arthur Bartman was equal to the attacker's shot, tipping it round the post for a corner kick. Three minutes later Bartman was again called upon, this time catching Ruben Cloete's curling free kick.
At the midway point of the first half, Umlilo missed out on two good opportunities. Solomon Vilakazi drove the ball straight at Mweene in the Ea Lla Koto goal, and then Sakhile Makhathini headed over from Vincent Khumalo's corner kick.
Stars soon began to take control of the match, and Tebelo Mofokeng should have made more of an opening on the edge of Bay's penalty area in the 29th minute. On 33 minutes Ngcobo added to his growing goal tally this season with a superb 25-yard shot that found the top corner.
The visitors were content to see out the rest of the half, preserving their 1-0 lead until the interval. Two minutes after the restart Mofokeng threatened to put the Free State side two goals up with a long range effort, but the ball ballooned over the bar.
Both sides continued to fire blanks in front of goal, but Bay United's hopes of getting back into the game were dealt a devastating blow in the 76th minute when substitute MacDonald Mukansi was shown the red card for a professional foul on Duncan Lechesa.
Having the numerical advantage gave Stars the breathing space they needed, though they still had a couple of worrying moments in the remainder of the game, particularly in the 89th when Vilakazi rose highest to meet Gareth Ncaca's free kick but couldn't direct his effort on target.
The result sees Umlilo drop to last place on 17 points, while Stars are tenth on 25 points.