United, Stars share spoils
Johannesburg - SuperSport United were held to a goalless draw by Free State Stars in their low-key Absa Premiership match that was played at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville in Saturday night.
For United it was a case of missed chances and they also failed to make their dominance in most parts of the game count, which is going to make coach Gavin Hunt unhappy.
Sometimes in the second half, after the introduction of Clifford Mulenga, Kermit Erasmus and Mabhuti Khenyeza, the hosts looked to be dominating but they never made it count.
Steve Komphela will at least be pleased at the defensive showing by his players, especially that of goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, as they managed to soak up the pressure whenever United pressed forward.
They also some good pointers on the attack with Katlego Mashego, who was called to the Bafana Bafana team recently, showing positive signs.
The two teams did not hit the ground running in the opening minutes as the game started on a low note.
After the slow start, Stars began to find their feet in the game with forays into the United half with flying winger Mashego making a nuisance of himself on numerous occasions by winning a few throw ins.
United defender Mor Diouf was called into action in the fifth minute by Stars midfielder Dove Wome and he responded well to the threat.
After numerous attacks by Stars, the hosts threatened through Franklyn Cale in the 15th minute but his effort was easily saved by Mweene.
A few minutes later, highly-rated United defender Roscoe Peterson, who was signed during the offseason from Chippa United, fouled Dove Wome but the resultant free-kick by Mashego could not find its way into the net.
In the 28th minute, Innocent Mdledle was fouled by Wome and his resultant free-kick was not powerful enough to cause any harm.
When they returned from the break, the two teams tried their best to up the tempo but there was not much in terms of goals as defenders stood firm and declined to be exposed.
In the 50th minute, Bafana Bafana midfielder George Maluleka forgot the basics of composure from a good scoring position when he blasted his shot over the crossbar with Mweene to beat.
A few minutes later, United surged ahead in search of the opening goal but Mweene was at his best to deny former Bafana Bafana striker Sibusiso Zuma.
Though it was United who were on top at this stage, Stars had a moment of their own through Moeketsi Mvula who was denied by highly-promising United ‘keeper Ronwen Williams.