Cape Town - Free
State Stars claimed the scalp of Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership on
Wednesday night, with a goal from Ayanda Nkosi handing them a 1-0 win at Goble
victory takes Ea Lla Koto all the way up to seventh on the standings, while the
Buccaneers drop to 11th after suffering an eighth defeat in the
space of 19 league matches.
were the first to threaten a goal, with a looping header in the eighth minute
almost putting the hosts ahead, though Ayanda Gcaba did some sterling work to
head the ball clear from his own goal line under immense pressure from Ayanda
under 10 minutes later Ea Lla Koto had another chance as the ball fell kindly
for Reuben Thebakang in the penalty area, but his volley under pressure skewed
wide of the mark and was no trouble for goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.
the 21st minute a mistake in defence from the home team allowed
Thamsanqa Gabuza to race free on goal, but he was unable to get the better of
Daouda Diakite in a one-one-one situation, with the Stars ‘keeper able to make
a comfortable save.
Free State side had little trouble creating good attacking opportunities, but
too often their final pass, cross or shot left much to be desired, allowing the
Buccaneers to get through to half-time with a goalless score line.
created the first chance of the second half in the 50th minute, with
Nkosi doing brilliantly to turn Patrick Phungwayo before being faced with only
Mhlongo in front of him, but the tight angle made it nearly impossible to score
and his shot flashed across the face of goal.
64 minutes Ea Lla Koto had their best chance of the match, with a loose ball on
the edge of the box allowing Thebakang a clear sight on goal – his crisply-hit
left-footed shot looked destined for the back of the net, but Mhlongo made an
excellent save to keep his side on level terms.
the Bucs ‘keeper was finally beaten in the 80th minute, with
impressive striker Nkosi providing a fine diving header from Thebakang’s cross
to hand Ea Lla Koto a well-deserved lead. The goal proved to be the difference
between the teams, with Stars able to hold out comfortably to claim the three