Tuks and Stars in stalemate
Despite numerous shots on goal and plenty of action in front of the goal mouth, Free State Stars and the University of Pretoria played to a goalless draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday night.
It was certainly a game of two halves as the home side dictated terms in the opening 45 minutes, but then saw themselves on the back foot in the second 45 as AmaTuks came to the fore and created the better chances on goal.
Still, despite both teams attacking prowess in the respective halves, neither side could break the deadlock as the team’s played to a rather disappointing 0-0 draw that leaves both sides where they started on the table at the beginning of the night.
Stars certainly started the brighter of the two sides and they made their intentions clear early on with a couple of long range shots in the opening ten minutes.
In the third minute Angelo Kerspuy let fly from just outside the box, but he saw his effort sail wide of the target while three minutes later his teammate, Jessie Jackson saw his 35-yard shot easily saved by Washington Arubi.
Despite those misses, Moeketsi Mvula should have given the Ea Lla Koto the lead in the 27th minute when he rose highest to meet a corner-kick, but he disappointingly headed over the bar from close range.
Mvula was in the thick of the action again two minutes later after a good passing movement by Stars saw him in space inside the box, but again he fired over when he should have at least hit the target.
Only the brilliance of Arubi kept his side in the match in the 32nd minute when he made a great save with his feet to deny Tsietsi Mkwanazi from just inside the box.
And such was their dominance that Stars had the last say of the half, but it summed up their opening 45 minutes when Kerspuy fired wide from 25-yards out.
Steve Barker must have given his side an ear-full at halftime because they came out in the second half a renewed side and were unlucky not to take the lead seven minutes after the restart.
Lionel Mutizwa let loose with a 25-yard thunderbolt that had the keeper beat but struck the woodwork and bounced away from danger.
After that the game fell into a little bit of a lull and the next chance on goal only came in the 82nd minute when AmaTuks’ second half substitute, Dumisani Ngwenya, was on the end of a cross from the right but his header went wide of the target.
A minute later Ayanda Lubelo pulled the best out of the Stars keeper, Tshepo Motsoeneng parrying a stinging 20-yard shot away from goal to see the match end all square.
The result sees AmaTuks in fifth place on the log while Stars are in ninth.
Free State Stars (0) 0
University of Pretoria (0) 0
Stars: Motsoeneng; Ouro-Akorika, Cardoso, Esterhuizen (Coetzee 77’), Thebakang (Chivuta 62’), Kerspuy, Mkwanazi, Masehe, Wome, Mvula (Dondo 74’), Jackson
Tuks: Arubi; Mphahlele, Shoyisa, Monyai, Sibande, Matsi, Ngoma, Ketjijere, Mutizwa (Lubelo 79’), Zungu (Mosadi 65’), Sibisi (Ngwenya 72’)