FULL TIME: FREE STATE STARS 1-0 CAPE TOWN CITY.
A well deserved win for Stars and one feels that City sat back in the first half and only started attacking in the second. As a top of the table clash this was a rather subdued affair.
City have a free-kick inside the Stars half, but it goes behind for a goal kick.
City make their way into the Stars box only to have it easily cleared.
We will have four minutes of time added on for stoppages.
It is clear that Putsche has not given up as yet. He continues his search for a City goal.
City now push forward, but it is cleared by the Stars defence.
Stars continue to push forward for that second goal.
SAVED! What a brilliant save by Stephens after what should have been a goal by Mthembu. He really should have taken his time.
Does City have it in them to pull one back?
A change for City at the break. Mngonyama is on for Kobola and Martin is on for Ralani.
Vilakazi is now on for the goal scorer Tchilimbou, as Stars make a change.
Lakay comes close for City but the keeper clears it. We have a stoppage and the keeper is down. Replays shows that no-one came close to the keeper. Why is he down. Does this have anything to do with the 1-0 lead?
Stars are now slowly finding their feet again. Can they push for a second goal to put this to rest?
The hosts have definitely the livelier of the two teams so far despite the second half challenge by City...
The free-kick is taken by Jantjie, but he hits the wall.
Stars win a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Putsche has been threatening for a while now, but cannot seem to get the breakthrough.
Stars win another corner, but City clears it and launches a counter attack. They fail to make it count.
It has been a better start to the second half for City, compared to the first.
City continue to attack, but fail to penetrate the Stars defence.
As a top of the table clash this has been a rather subdued affair.
City get a really good ball into the box, but the Putsche header flies across the face of the goal. That was CLOSE!
Kick off! We are underway in thee second half.
HALF TIME: FREE STATE STARS 1-0 CAPE TOWN CITY.
Stars lead at the break and City will have to improve their performance if they want to maintain their position on the log.
GOAL. FREE STATE STARS, TCHILIMBOU!
Stars have been knocking on the door for a while now and eventually Tchilimbou scores in stoppage time. The change of weather helped the hosts.
We will have one minute of time added on for stoppages.
It has been a stop start first half. It has started to rain and it is now coming down harder.
The best chance for Stars after a run down the right by Keita ends up with nothing, as the cross into the box is cleared.
City now launch an attack and the shot from Roland Putsche is cleared.
Benni McCarthy is unmoved on the sideline. His team needs to get into this game soon.
Jantjie goes down and somehow win a free-kick. That looked like a clear dive against an opponent. If anything he should have been booked.
Stars have been quite impressive thus far. They have made most of the play. What can City do?
We are still goalless after a half an hour of play.
After some initial chaos the ball is cleared by City.
SAVED! Jantjie again messes up a golden opportunity. This time his shot is straight to the keeper. He should have done better there. Stars have a corner.
We have a break in play due to an injury.
How did Stars not score there? Sinethemba Jantjie launch an attack and fires a shot, but he hits a defender. Eventually City clears it.
Stars then win a corner and somehow City manage to clear it.
City launch an attack and claim a corner, but the referee rules that it is a goal kick.
Stars have definitely been the team controlling the tempo thus far.
Neither team has managed to get a breakthrough thus far.
We are going through a quiet period of play at the moment.
Both teams are still testing the waters here, but Cape Town City will need to check their defences.
Kick off! We are off here in Bethlehem.
Team Free State Stars: Nyiko Mobbie, Makhehlene Makhaula. Paulus Masehe, Tamsanqa Teyise, Sinethemba Jantjie, Thabo Maphakisa, Siphelele Mthembu, Bangali Keita, Badra Sangare, Harris Tchilimbou, Patrick Phungwayo.
Team Cape Town City: Stephens, Mkhize, Johannes, Fielies, Edmilson, Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Martin, Masina, Obinna. Subs: Walters, Kobola, Mngonyama, Seedat, Moseamedi, Nana, Ralani.
There will be a slight damper in the mood of City, after their manager Benni McCarthy was yesterday slapped with a R50 000 fine for making comments about a referee during October 2017.
City started the New Year with a win over Platinum stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium thanks to a late Roland Putsche goal. In their last outing Stars beat Bidvest Wits with a single goal last Friday.
The second placed City travel to Bethlehem in the hope to strengthen their position against the third placed Stars. Two points separate these teams near the top of the log.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this ABSA Premiership clash between Free State Stars and Cape Town City, from Goble Park.
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