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19 Dec 2015
6:38 pm

Stars beat Cosmos 1-0

Free State Stars ended off 2015 with a 1-0 victory over Jomo Cosmos in an Absa Premiership match at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

After missing a plethora of chances, Stars’ Hendrik Somaeb scored the decisive goal in the 60th minute to help the Free State outfit record their fourth win of the campaign.

Cosmos, who have only scored five goals in 12 matches this season, are hovering close to the relegation zone after recording only two league wins so far.

Stars had the first clear-cut attempt at goal when Danny Venter warmed up Sherwyn Naicker’s gloves in the fifth minute. Shortly after that, Cosmos striker Charlton Mashumba saw his shot sail over the crossbar.

Stars were awarded a free kick in the 20th minute after Pentjie Zulu fouled Reuben Thebankang outside the penalty area. The home side’s Mrisho Ngasa floated in an inviting cross, but Naicker managed to get his hands on the ball before a Stars player could get a head to it.

Stars, 10 minutes later, were awarded another free kick just outside of the Cosmos penalty area after left back Cheslyn Jampies brought down Ngasa. However, Ngasa could not keep his free kick on target to trouble the Cosmos goalkeeper.

Naicker was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers on show in the rural Free State town. The Cape Town-born shot-stopper parried Sello Japhta’s shot to safety in the 35th minute, before holding on to a stinging free kick from Venter three minutes before the half-time break.

Stars continued to dominate the visitors at the start of the second half. Venter was again in the thick of things early on, but his effort in the 50th minute went wide of the right-hand post.

Stars would eventually take the lead in the 60th minute when Somaeb slotted the ball home after an assist by Japhta.

Cosmos’ first effort at goal in the second half came in the 68th minute when Zulu’s shot drifted wide the of the left-hand post.

Stars almost doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when Moeketsi Sekola’s effort missed to the left, while Jampies could not keep his shot down to earn Cosmos a draw a minute later.