Cape Town - Baroka FC moved joint top of the Premiership standings after
a 1-0 win over Free State Stars at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday
The first half provided good chances at both ends, although
it was the home side who looked the more likely team to score.
The second half was a tighter affair, but the hosts stepped
up their game in the final 15 minutes to score what was arguably a deserved
The first clear chance of the game fell to Baroka striker
Lucky Nguzana on 17 minutes, but having gone clear through on goal, he steered
his parting shot wide of the target.
Stars were to have a couple of chances half-way through the
stanza, including Nhlanhla Vilakazi's well-hit effort from distance which was
close to finding the top corner.
After a grass-cutter from Bakgaga midfielder Sipho Moeti was
saved by Stars keeper Badra Sangare, the visiting side nearly scored from a
blistering counter-attack three minutes before halftime, but home keeper Virgil
Vries did well to steal the ball off Sinethemba Jantjie's feet.
There was an early chance just after halftime for the
Limpopo team, but Nguzana's shot flew well over the crossbar.
Both teams struggled to create openings and it was only in
the 76th minute that the next goalmouth action took place when Gift Motupa
fired just wide from a near-post cross for the home side.
Baroka were denied what looked a clear penalty two minutes
later after Bangali Keita clipped Moeti, but the referee saw the incident
But the home side had their reward in the 85th minute when
Mpho Kgaswane's shot from the left-hand side took a deflection before hitting
the back of the net.
Nguzana missed a chance right in front of goal two minutes
later, but it proved immaterial as Bakgaga held on to make it eight points from
their opening four league matches this season.