Johannesburg - Jomo Cosmos scored a crucial win over Free State Stars
thanks to Cheslyn Jampies’ second half goal in their Absa Premiership clash at
Olen Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday afternoon.
It took until the 14th minute for the first real chance at
goal. After several corners by Cosmos, finally Jampies fashioned a header on
goal, which hit the ground and bounced up, but Diakite managed a strong one
And just moments later, Cosmos’ Ivorian forward Brike Aka
went down inside the 18 area under a challenge from two Stars defenders, but
while Cosmos felt they should have had a penalty, the match official decided
Free State Stars’ first proper scoring chance of the first
half arrived after 35 minutes when Danny Venter struck a left footed shot
towards the near post, but Sherwyn Naicker saved well.
Seven minutes into the second half and Cosmos went into the
lead through Jampies’ free kick. He curled his attempt low and through a gap in
the wall to beat Diakite at his near post. But Stars’ defence should never have
allowed the ball through the wall.
Cosmos should have taken a 2-0 lead when Charlton Mashumba
hit the cross bar from close range following an excellent cross, much to the
disappointment of his coach Jomo Sono.
Moments later Stars got into a good position and forced an
excellent low save by Naicker, who palmed away an effort at goal. And with ten
minutes to go, Mashumba had another chance on goal but this time he missed the
Stars came close to a leveler in the 91st minute when Venter
forced another good save by Naicker and as the ball rebounded into the path of
Ayanda Nkosi, the midfielder could not react fast enough and fired straight at