PSL

FS Stars keep hopes alive

2014-05-06 22:05
Richard Henyekane (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - Richard Henyekane has popped up late to score for Free State Stars as they held Orlando Pirates to a 1-1 draw in their PSL clash at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday.

Henyekane beat the offside trap to score in the 90th minute and earn a point for his side after Ayanda Gcaba had given Pirates the lead against his former side.
 
It means Stars still trail Polokwane City in the safety of 14th by two points going into Saturday’s final round of fixtures, which sees Ea Lla Koto travel to Moroka Swallows and City make the journey to SuperSport United.
 
The game never lived up to any great heights and perhaps a point was a fair result as both side battled to find their rhythm.
 
Henyekane should have given his side the lead in the first half when he almost scored twice in 10 seconds. First he found himself one-on-one with Senzo Meyiwa in the Pirates goal but saw his shot saved, and when the return ball came in he did not move quick enough to turn it into an empty net.
 
The opening goal finally came on 69 minutes and it was a poor one for Stars to concede. Khethokwakhe Masuku’s long ball was headed home by Gcaba, but Ayanda Mtshali in the home goal should never have been beaten in the air.  
 
It looked as though that was how it was going to finish until Henyekane beat the offside trap late on to slip the ball past Meyiwa.
 
Scorers:
Free State Stars
(0) 1 (Henyekane 90’)
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Gcaba 69’)
 
Teams:
Free State Stars:
Mtshali, Thlone, Cardoso, Mthethwa (Patel 75’), Tshabalala, Masehe, Mashego, Nomandela (Thebakang 65’), Henyekane, Abraw (Moloi 68’), Sekola                
 
Orlando Pirates: Meyiwa, Jele (Gumede 78’), Gcaba, Mahamutsa, Lekgwathi, Ntshumayelo, Manyisa, Myeni, Erasmus, Makola (Phungwayo 87’), Klate (Masuku 63’)

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