Stars cruise to comfortable win over Baroka

Free State Stars were in fine form with a comfortable 2-0 win over Baroka FC in an Absa Premiership match at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Ea Lla Koto started the better of the two teams and controlled the flow of play, but they struggled to break down stubborn Baroka defence.

Nonetheless, the home side persisted with their attack and were rewarded for their efforts in the 32nd minute when Goodman Dlamini found himself in space inside the box and he produced a clinical finish to give Stars the lead, 1-0.

Baroka tried to find their way back into the match, but were unable to do so as they entered the break trailing by a goal.

Free State took control of the game once more after the break, but their decision making in the final third was poor.

Still, the Ea Lla Koto pushed forward and found their second goal in the 66th minute when a good passing movement concluded with Siphelele Mthembu finding the back of the net with a shot from the edge of the box, 2-0.

The game died down a bit after that and chances on goal were few and far between.

Baroka did try find some consolation and came close to scoring in the 85th minute when

Khutso Mohwatseleng met a cross into the box, but he fired wide from close range.

The game ended 2-0 in favour of Free State Stars.

Free State (1) 2 (Dlamini 32’, Mthembu 66’)

Baroka (0) 0

Teams:

Free State Stars: Sangare, Maswehe, Mobbie, Mahamutsa, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Vilakazi, Tchilimbou, Dlamini (Cosse 75’), Jantjie (Teyise 87’), Mthembu (Anas 90’).

Baroka FC: Masuluke, Motupa, Shaku, Chawapiwa, Mothupa, Mohwatseleng, Banda (Mahashe 63’), Moeti (Macha 46’), Makgaka (Kgaswane 72’), Mdantsane, Madubanya.