Stars shine against Leopards
Munganga Djunga (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - A late goal by substitute Thapelo Mkhatshwa has given Free State Stars a crucial 2-1 Absa Premiership win against Black Leopards at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Mkhatshwa struck inside the final minute of the game when his first time effort following an excellent cut back from the right wing gave goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali no chance.
Thabo Mongalo put Black Leopards ahead but an own goal from Vincent Xakane brought Stars back into the game.
It took until the 19th minute for the first goal attempt. Dove Wome hit a low drive from distance, but Ayanda Mtshali did well to save low to his right.
In the 24th minute Sadate Ouro-Akoriko struck a volley, which took a deflection and went out for a corner.
Then Wome again got power behind a striker from range but Mtshali did well to save low down.
Just before the interval, Angelo Kerspuy got in a shot but it went just wide of the post.
Twelve minutes into the second half, the home side went into the lead when Mongalo, who had replaced the injured Rodney Ragamalela in the first half, finished calmly.
Mongalo received a great through pass by Michael Nkambule and then took a moment to steady himself before firing in a powerful shot that curled away from the goalkeeper and into the far corner.
In the 73rd minute Leopards conceded an equaliser when an off target shot by Anver Esterhuizen deflected off Vincent Xakane’s leg and looped high and over Mtshali for an own goal.
Then, in the final minute of the game, substitute Thapelo Mkhatshwa hammered home a shot to claim the three points for Ea Lla Koto.
Black Leopards (0) 1 (Mongalo 57’)
Free State Stars (0) 2 (Xakane og 73’ Mkhatshwa 90’)
Leopards: Mtshali; Dzaga, Khoza, Muganga, Xakane; Maake, Nkambule (Manaka 59’), Sithole, Sibeko, Mabunda (Monama 77’); Ramagalela (Mongalo 26’)
Stars: Mweene (Motsoeneng 72’); Mkwanazi, Cardoso, Ouro-Akoriko, Wiltwer; Nomandela, Esterhuizen, Kerspuy (Coetzee 70’), Masehe, Wome; Mvula (Mkhatshwa 62’)