Absa Premiership

Abraw, Sekola hand FSS win over Chippa

2015-05-02 17:22
Moeketsi Sekola (Supplied)
Moeketsi Sekola (Supplied)

Johannesburg - Free State Stars eased their relegation woes when they defeated Chippa United by 2-0 at Goble Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Bethlehem-based side as Camaldine Abraw and Moeketsi Sekola found the net to hand Ea Lla Koto the three points to ease their relegation woes.

Despite not having their coach Kinnah Phiri on the bench following a suspenion, the hosts meant business as early as the 10th minute when a cross from the right by Danny Venter found Camaldine Abraw alone in the box, his powerful header beat Mbongeni Mzimela to hand the hosts the lead.

The win leaves Phiri’s men placed at position nine with 34 points whilst Mich D’Avray’s charges go down to position 14 with 29 points with two games to go for both sides.

The visitors moved forward and in the 31st minute, Siyabulela Shai’s effort went over the bar after a string of good passes in the midfield between him and William Twala not troubling Ea Lla Koto’s keeper.

Following a 1-0 lead by the hosts, the second stanza got underway with the visitors looking for an equaliser but it was the Namibian, Somaeb who unleashed a powerful thunderbolt after a great pass from the right but it went wide.

Dauda Diakite was called into action when he saved a shot from Siyabonga Zulu and seconds later, the Chilli Boys were dealt a huge blow when Thamsanqa Sangweni was shown his marching orders for studs up challenge on Abraw.

Despite not having their coach Kinnah Phiri on the bench following a suspension, the hosts meant business as early as the 10th minute when a cross from the right by Danny Venter found Camaldine Abraw alone in the box, his powerful header beat Mbongeni Mzimela to hand the hosts the lead.

The visitors moved forward and in the 31st minute, Siyabulela Shai’s effort went over the bar after a string of good passes in the midfield between him and William Twala.

Following a 1-0 lead by the hosts, the second stanza got underway with the visitors looking for an equaliser but it was the Namibian, Somaeb who unleashed a powerful thunderbolt after a great pass from the right but it went wide.

Dauda Diakite was called into action when he saved a shot from Siyabonga Zulu and seconds later, the Chilli Boys were dealt a huge blow when Thamsanqa Sangweni was shown his marching orders for a studs up challenge on Abraw.

Despite the disadvantage of having one man down, the visitors went forward and Edward Manqele nearly found the back of the net in the 61st minute when his shot sailed wide.

Towards the 70th minute, the match gained momentum as Themba Tshabalala beat three United defenders but delayed to take a shot allowing James Okwuosa to make an interception.

Seconds later, Manqele again pounced but his effort missed the target from a clinical cross by Eric Chipeta.

Against the run of play, Sekola made it two in the 78th minute after outpacing United’s defence and beat the oncoming Mzimela to take his tally to number 12 alongside Bloemfontein Celtic’s Lerato Lamola.

In the dying minutes of the game, the hosts ensured they play it easy and protected their lead as United ran out of steam going forward.

The win leaves Phiri’s men placed at position nine with 34 points whilst Mich D’Avray’s charges go down to position 14 with 29 points with two games to go for both sides.

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