Wasteful FS Stars punished

FREE State Stars were disappointed about not gaining a point when Platinum Stars scored the only goal of their Absa Premiership match in the dying minutes at Goble Park, Bethlehem.

FREE State Stars were disappointed about not gaining a point when Platinum Stars scored the only goal of their Absa Premiership match in the dying minutes at Goble Park, Bethlehem.

Free State squandered numerous golden scoring chances, leaving the visitors with an opportunity to snatch victory when Norikazu Murakami netted at the death to win the game 1-0.

Free State controlled the midfield battle from the outset on a water-logged pitch, but the home side created more of the opportunities in the game.

Mamadimo Masenya was the rock in the defence for Platinum Stars, holding his team together at the back under a barrage.

Free State's first attempt on goal came as early as the eighth minute when Tshegofatso Mashego let fly from just outside the 18-yard box.

His goal-ward shot was cleared off the line by Masenya.

Ayanda Gcaba also came close to breaking the deadlock three minutes later when he met a cross from the left wing, but his header was superbly saved by Tapiwa Kapini, tipping the effort around the post.

Thereafter the game continued to be fast and furious with tackles flying in from every direction.

In the second half, despite being a man down, Ea Lla Koto were still the better side. But, just like the first half, their finishing was terrible and in the 86th minute they were made to pay when Murakami scored from the penalty spot, clinching the three points for Platinum Stars.

l SuperSport United continued on their winning spree when they humiliated Mpumalanga Black Aces 5-0 in Witbank. - Sapa

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