Pretoria - A lone header from Robert Sankara was enough for Free State Stars, as
they earned their first points on the road this season, edging the
University of Pretoria 1-0 in a Premiership clash at the Tuks Stadium on
The pair looked destined for a stalemate until
Sankara netted with his head from a Stars corner to steal a victory
against a Tuks side looking for their first win at home this season.
were few and far between and only on the half-hour mark did Geofrey
Massa give Stars goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali the first taste of any
Vuyisile Ntombayithethi was brought down on the edge of
the area, which allowed Massa to thunder a free-kick goalwards, denied
only by an outstretched hand from the goalkeeper, who did well to keep
out the powerful effort.
A dull opening half made way for a more
lively spell in the second, as Stars were more aggressive on the ball
and looked like threatening the AmaTuks defence.
Ea Lla Koto were
rewarded for their persistence and with 15 minutes left to play, the
Free State outfit grabbed the lead, courtesy of Sankara's header in the
area, after Stars' corner caught Tuks sleeping in defence.
solitary goal proved enough for the visitors, who walked away fortunate
winners with three points in the bag to add to the three they claimed at
home against SuperSport United last week.