Pieterse saves SuperSport
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (21:58)
Riyaad Pieterse © Backpagepix
Riyaad Pieterse © Backpagepix

Wasteful Free State Stars settled for a 0-0 draw against SuperSport United in their Absa Premiership contest at James Motlatsi Stadium on Wednesday night.

The stalemate will leave the hosts at the 14th spot with 15 points from 17 rounds of league matches.

It was the homes side which looked threatening as they twice struck the crossbar when goalkeeper Riyaad Pieterse was beaten by a well taken shot from Mohammed Anas from a distance in the sixth minute.

In the seventh minute, Anas received a defence splitting pass in the box, he laid the ball for Moeketsi Sekola to easily slot into the empty net, but the latter hit the woodwork and the ball bounced back to safety for United to clear the danger.

Two minutes later, defender Morgan Gould nearly scored for the visitors when his header also hit the opposite cross bar following a beautiful in-swinger from Thabo Mnyamane on the right flank.

Skipper Danny Venter nearly caught Pieterse in the 27th minute when the midfielder tried a curler to the right post, but his effort also missed the target.

Despite the hostsí dominance, Reneilwe Letsholonyane managed to find space to manoeuvre on the half-hour mark and his left footed shot went over keeper Henri Mafoumbi's posts.

In the last five minutes of the opening half, Sinethemba Jantjie called for a fine from Pieterse as the keeper punched away a well drilled set piece on the left flank.

Despite their efforts in the opening stanza, Ea Ll Koto tried to find an early goal as Sekola broke free towards the box, but his grass cutter went failed to produce a save from Pieterse as it went wide in the 61st minute.

With both coaches, Stuart Baxter and Serame Letsoaka, making changes, none of the sides created clear cut chances in the last five minutes.

However, in the injury time, Sekola was denied by Pieterse from a distance, the rebound fell perfectly for substitute Dorian Nono but the Gabonese blasted his effort over the target.

The draw for the Amatsantsantsa A Pitori leaves them sitting at the fourth spot with 29 points from 16 league outings.

Free State Stars 0

SuperSport United 0

Teams:

Free State Stars: Mafoumbi, Mashego, Teyise, Tlhone, Mahamutsa, Sekola, Venter, Vilakazi, Makhaula, Jantjie (Potsane 72'), Anas (Nono 86')

SuperSport United: Pieterse, Boxall, Gould, Daniels, Bhasera, Furman, Letsholonyane, Masango (Phala 46'), Alexander (Brockie 46'), Mnyamane (Modiba 82'), Nkhatha

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