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2 May 2015
7:07 pm

Stars claim crucial win over Chippa


A goal in each half helped Free State Stars to a 2-0 win over Chippa United in their Premiership match at Goble Park in Bethlehem, on Saturday.

Moeketsi Sekola of Free State Stars (L) and Gert Barends of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Chippa United and Free State Stars. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

On both occasions where Stars scored, poor defending by Chippa played a key role in the lead up.

Kinnah Phiri’s Stars, however, would not mind as they claimed a vital three points which moved the Free State outfit moved up to 34 points for ninth spot on the log with two games left in their season.

Chippa, meanwhile, remain on 29 points in third from bottom spot on the table also with two games remaining in their season.

The Chippa defence were ripped to pieces in the 11th minute of the game as Stars took the lead. Camaldine Abraw met a cross, and with three Chippa defenders in the vicinity the Stars player was able to rise to the ball unopposed and headed home the opener.

Moments after the score, Stars continued their assault on the Chippa goal. Danny Venter, like his teammate was able to meet a cross in the area without a defender contesting the ball but this time the header was well-saved by Chippa keeper Mbongeni Mzimela.

Chippa did manage to get the ball in the back of the net in the 36th minute, but after a goalmouth scuffle the linesman ruled the ball had gone out of play before the final touch came in directing the shot into goal.

Straight after the break Chippa went in search of the equaliser with a chance falling to Mhlengi Cele in the 49th minute. Cele made a menacing run just outside the box and from long range his left-footed strike drew a good diving save from Daouda Diakite in the Stars goal to keep his team ahead.

Chippa were reduced to 10 men moments later when Thamsanqa Sangweni was given a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on goalscorer Abraw. There was little complaint from the player, although he left the field shaking his head as his side were plunged into disarray.

Moeketsi Sekola made it 2-0 to the hosts in the 79th minute. The Stars forward made a blistering run into the Chippa area, and from a tight angle blasted past Mzimela to seal the result.