PSL

FS Stars down Maritzburg

2013-02-20 20:24
Dove Wome (Backpage)
Phuthaditjhaba - Free State Stars narrowed the gap on the Premiership front runners, cementing themselves in fourth position in the standings with a 1-0 win over fellow high-flyers Maritzburg United at Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday.

Dove Wome struck late in the second half to hand Stars their eighth victory in 19 league matches this season.

The win saw them draw six points clear of Maritzburg, though they still had some work on their hands to catch the top three sides in the race - Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars.

United seemed to hold the upper hand in the encounter but struggled to penetrate the home side's solid defence.

Stars' experienced midfielder, Noah Chivuta, squandered a clinical chance in the 19th minute from inside the box after receiving a brilliant cross from Danny Venter.

The hosts piled on the pressure and came close in the 35th minute via Venter, but he was denied by Maritzburg goalkeeper, and skipper, Shuaib Walters who parried the striker's powerful shot away.

Venter was again stopped in the 49th minute when he was denied by Walters.

Four minutes later Enva Wiltwer failed to give Stars the lead as he fired wide.

Wome eventually netted from a long-range free-kick in the 86th minute to seal the result.

Maritzburg, who were lying fifth ahead of the midweek fixtures, remain without a win in the league this year.

Scorers:

 
Free State Stars (0) 1 (Wome 86’)
Maritzburg United (0) 0
 
Teams:
 
Stars: Motsoeneng (Mweene 69’); Cardoso, Sambu, Wiltwe, Masehe, Akoriko, Venter, Kerspuy, Nomandela (Mkhatshwa 83’), Chivuta (Wome 63’), Lemessa
 
United: Walters; Petersen, Awal, Booysen M, Evans, De Jong (Mandaza 88’) , Booysen D, Sheppard (Mathuka 59’), Buckley, Yende, Malajila (Zulu 71’)

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05 November 2014
Free State Stars v Polokwane City, Charles Mopeli Stadium 18:00
Moroka Swallows v SuperSport United, Dobsonville Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Black Aces, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
AmaZulu v Kaizer Chiefs, Moses Mabhida Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Wits, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
University of Pretoria v Ajax Cape Town, Tuks Stadium 19:30
22 November 2014
Black Aces v Polokwane City, Mbombela Stadium 15:30
Moroka Swallows v University of Pretoria, Dobsonville Stadium 18:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Mamelodi Sundowns, FNB Stadium 18:00
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 18:00
Wits v Free State Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Ajax Cape Town v Maritzburg United, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
23 November 2014
Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United, Free State Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Orlando Pirates, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
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