PSL News 17.2.2016 07:28 pm

Blow by blow: Free State Stars vs Orlando Pirates

Angelo Kerspuy of Free State Stars battles Thabo Matlaba of Orlando Pirates (Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix)

Angelo Kerspuy of Free State Stars battles Thabo Matlaba of Orlando Pirates (Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix)

Hello and welcome to Phakaaathi’s live commentary of this Absa Premiership match between Free State Stars and Orlando Pirates at Goble Park Stadium.

– Ayanda Nkosi named Man-of-the-Match

– referee blows his whistle for full-time. Full-time score: Free State Stars 1-0 Orlando Pirates

– 90+3′ Substitution for Stars: Robert Sankara comes on for Venter

– 4 minutes of added time to be played

– 90′ free kick for Stars and a yellow card for Majoro

– 88′ Masuku tries a long range shot, but it goes over the crossbar

– 85′ Substitution for Pirates: Makola makes way for Menzi Masuku

– 85′ Forced substitution for Stars: Angelo Kerspuy comes on for the injured Nkosi

– 80′ GOAAAL! Nkosi puts Stars in the lead with a glancing header!

– 78′ corner kick for Stars

– 76′ Nkosi’s bicycle kick is saved by Mhlongo

– 74′ Substitution for Stars: Makhaula makes way for Katlego Mashego

– 73′ corner kick for Stars

– 68′ free kick for Stars in a promising position, but nothing comes off it

– 67′ Substitution for Pirates: Yasser Mugerwa comes on for Masalesa

– 64′ Mhlongo pulls off a good save to deny Thebakang

– 62′ Substitution for Pirates: Motupa makes way for Lehlohonolo Majoro

– 62′ Mohomi tries a long range shot, but it goes narrowly wide of goals

– 58′ free kick for Pirates and it’s played quickly

– 50′ chance for Stars! But Nkosi’s shot goes across of goals for a throw in on the other side

– 48′ corner kick for Pirates

– 46′ offside call goes against Stars

– Stars get the second half underway

– referee blows his whistle for the half-time break. Half-time score: Free State Stars 0-0 Orlando Pirates

– 44′ corner kick for Stars

– 44′ Pirates appeal for a penalty, but the referee waves play on

– 40′ Matlaba tries a long range shot, but it goes over the crossbar

– 37′ Jaftha’s shot is saved by Mhlongo

– 34′ offside call goes against Stars

– 30′ Motupa goes through on goals, but is let down by his first touch and the ball goes away from him

– 24′ offside call goes against Pirates. It’s Gabuza again

– 21′ Gabuza goes through on goals, but shoots straight at the goalkeeper

– 20′ Matlaba beats his marker, but shoots wide of goals

– 17′ Thebakang shoots wide of goals from close range

– 13′ Venter’s shot goes wide of goals

– 11′ Gabuza hits the side netting from close range

– 10′ free kick for Stars in a promising position, but it’s cleared by Stars

– 9′ corner kick for Pirates, but it’s cleared by Stars

– 8′ chance for Stars! But it’s cleared on the line

– 7′ another offside call goes against Pirates

– 6′ offside call goes against Pirates

– 2′ free kick for Stars

– Pirates get the game underway. They’re playing from left to right, while Stars play from right to left

– kickoff

Starting XI:

Free State Stars XI: Diakite, Masehe, Vilakazi, Mbhele, Makhaula, Chabalala, Jaftha, Nkosi, Mohomi, Thebakang, Venter
Orlando Pirates XI: Mhlongo, Phungwayo, Gyimah, Gcaba, Matlaba, Makola, Sarr, Masalesa, Rakhale, Motupa, Gabuza

Following their loss to Jomo Cosmos last weekend, Ea Lla Koto will be looking to bounce back to winning ways, while the Buccaneers will looking to continue their dominance over Stars. In 51 matches between the sides, Pirates have won 23, Stars six and the other 22 ended in draws.

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