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Stars Avoid Cup Upset Against Ubuntu

Nedbank Cup Report: Ubuntu Cape Town v Free State Stars, 31 March 2018

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 31, 2018 06:20 PM

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.


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Mfanakamdala Apr 01, 2018 08:10 AM
I wish some of tgeir players get contracts frm psl clubs. Tgese boys are good
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Matayitayi Mar 31, 2018 09:33 PM
That mlungu midfielder from ubuntu has talent
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indidane Mar 31, 2018 06:46 PM
0k
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Chicharito07 Mar 31, 2018 06:40 PM
Well done FSS
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Always a way Mar 31, 2018 06:19 PM
Ubuntu aint a pushover
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 06:18 PM
@mitchvich : this coach has made me eat a humble pie for selecting Thela. It was a wise move as this guy put a man of the match performance today.
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mitchvich Mar 31, 2018 06:09 PM
@Skeem Sa HDK but he made crucial saves
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Chicharito07 Mar 31, 2018 06:00 PM
This team plays collective football
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Boris Becker Mar 31, 2018 05:05 PM
I want this Ubuntu team next qha ke
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 31, 2018 04:56 PM
Free state Cows will win via penalties
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Choly wa Kabotsho Mar 31, 2018 04:49 PM
Ubuntu will win this one
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skols Mar 31, 2018 04:34 PM
Where's Celtics v/s Maritsburg starting 11 soccer laduma?
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 04:05 PM
Why did Eymael undermine this team by starting with Ngobeni! This is a cup game, anything can happen. Ubuntu are leading : 1-0 .
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 03:47 PM
Gordinho has suddenly become best now that he doesn't play for Chiefs, this season we lost games because of him, and look at Celtics defense right now, he is N2 freeway! Watch him closely.
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 03:41 PM
So Eymael undermines this team , he starts with Ngobeni! Is it because this is a lower league team or what?
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Skeem Sa HDK Mar 31, 2018 03:39 PM
@Ntsimbi08 : that's what I'm noticing edish has babalaz , how can a team start one man short?
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Ntsimbi08 Mar 31, 2018 03:28 PM
So FSS is starting with 10 players
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Thela Starting ... G00d Mr Eymael
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