Ea Lla Koto win battle of the Stars

Free State Stars beat Platinum Stars 3-1 in an Absa Premiership match to finish 2014 on a high at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

A brace by Moeketsi Sekola and a solitary goal by Camaldine Abraw ensured the home side retained the maximum points.

The match started with the homeside looking threatening.

In the 16th minute, the visitors through Tintswalo Tshabalala managed to test goalkeeper Mojalefa Hlahatsi but he safely held onto the ball.

The hosts forward, Abraw was on a mission to continue where he left off in their previous match against Kaizer Chiefs where he pushed forward and took a shot only to be blocked by Siphiwe Sithole.

After 10 minutes of play, both sides didn’t show signs of getting a goal, but in the 32nd minute Abraw found the net and beat Hlahatsi with his left foot to give the hosts an advantage heading to the interval.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Thabiso Semenya’s header went wide which was a perfect opportunity to find an equaliser for the Phokeng outfit.

The half-time score was 1-0 to Ea Lla Koto.

Although both sides came from the tunnel revitalised, the visitors were the most desperate as they moved forward with purpose and their efforts were rewarded when Robert Ng’ambi scored in the 53rd minute. He was assisted by the rejuvenated Eleazar Rodgers.

The hosts continued to probe for a lead when they moved forward and an assist by substitute Sydney Masana found Sekola in the 63rd minute who netted with ease with a right footed finish.

Kinnah Phiri’s men showed determination to retain the three points and the Bafana Bafana hitman, Sekola made it three as he netted his brace in the 73rd minute, a great pass from Danny Venter put him through to finish.

However, the Bethlehem side didn’t take their feet off the pedal as Sekola showed hunger when his shot was saved by Katlego Dambe in the 87th minute.

The Free State side was determined and it was clear they came to the match driven to claim the spoils as they kept Stars’ attack in check.

The win takes them to position 12 on the log standings and the Rustenburg side move to the 14th spot.

Free State: (1) 3 (Abraw 32’, Sekola 63’, 73’)
Platinum: (0) 1 (Ng’ambi 52’)

Free State: Hlahatsi, Masehe, Cardoso, Sankara, Thlone, Mabunda (Mthethwa 72’), Venter, Mashego, Mdluli, Abraw, Sekola

Platinum: Dambe, Mabule (Ngele 71’), Gumede, Sithole, Tshabalala, Mathe, Semenya, Ng’ambi, Nyanda (Malokase 78’), Makudubela (Mere 30’), Rodgers