Stars Avoid Cup Upset Against Ubuntu
Nedbank Cup Report: Ubuntu Cape Town v Free State Stars, 31 March 2018
Nedbank Cup Quarter-final
Full Time: Ubuntu Cape Town 1-1 Free State Stars (Free State Stars won 4-2 on penalties)
Date: 31 March 2018
Venue: Athlone Stadium
Free State Stars progressed to the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after beating Ubuntu Cape Town 4-2 in a penalty shootout after their quarter-final match ended 1-1 at Athlone Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Stars controlled the flow of play early on and dictated the pace of the game, while Ubuntu looked to hit on the counter-attack.
However, despite all their early possession, Stars struggled to create decent goal-scoring chances.
The first real effort came in the 20th minute when Sinethemba Jantjie fired a 20-yard free-kick just over the target.
The opening goal came eight minutes later, very much against the run of play, when Taahir Ganga headed home from 12-yards out after a right-side free-kick into the box to give Ubuntu the lead, 1-0.
Stars try to hit back before the break and did find the equaliser in the 44th minute when a thunderous long-range shot from Goodman Dlamini found the back of the net, 1-1.
Ganga was at it again for Ubuntu three minutes into the second half with a stinging shot from the edge of the box, but Stars keeper Thela Ngoebni made a fantastic save to deny him.
Just after the hour mark Dlamini had a chance to give Stars the lead when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to him, but he shot straight at the Ubuntu keeper Malcolm Jacobs.
Neither side could find the winning goal in regulation time and the match moved into an additional half hour of extra-time.
Ubuntu were the better side in the first half of extra-time with the best chance coming in the 97th minute when Dillion Goss worked his way into the Stars box, but Ngobeni was at his best with a spectacular close-range save.
The second half of extra-time saw Stars with more of the ball and Maxime Cosse almost stole victory with a low 16-yard shot in the 114th minute, but Jacobs produced an acrobatic save to deny him.
After 120 minutes of play the match ended 1-1 and entered the dreaded penalty shoot-out, which Stars went on to win 4-2.
Here is how they line up.
Ubuntu CT: 15 Jacobs, 12 Sigwebela, 17 Heutchou-Kuilong, 5 Fleurs, 3 Sefoli, 42 Chiwunga (30 Adonis 58’), 14 Donn, 35 Fredericks, 21 Isaacs, 36 Mahlatsi (19 Goss 78’), 23 Ganga (34 Cale 92’).
Subs: 1 Khoza, 19 Goss, 33 Mayo, 24 Bezuidenhout, 6 Gwala, 34 Cale, 30 Adonis.
Free State: 32 Ngobeni, 22 Keita, 28 Mahamutsa, 50 Vilakazi, 27 Tchilimbou (4 Makhaula 101’), 29 Phungwayo, 26 Dlamini , 35 Klaas (39 Cosse 65’), 3 Mohammed (21 Mthembu 46’), 11 Jantijie.
Subs: 23 Sangare, 4 Makhaula, 39 Cosse, 6 Teyise, 27 Potsane, 21 Mthembu, 5 Masehe.