Stars Win Free State Derby

Free State Stars beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in the Absa Premiership at Petros Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.  It was a cagey opening 20 minutes with neither side able to create any clear-cut chances on goal.  The game sprang into life in the 25th minute when Ea Lla Koto taking the lead courtesy of a powerful 20-yard strike by Sello Japhta.

Celtic was able to draw level in the 38th minute from the penalty spot via Fiston Razak after Thapelo Morena was brought down inside the box by Bokang Thlone.  Five minutes after the break Makhehlene Makhaula almost restored Stars’ lead, but his 20-yard shot struck the outside of the post.  In the 63rd minute Japhta scored a contender for goal of the season after dribbling his way past three defenders before coolly passing the ball home from 14 yards out.

Phunya Sele Sele tried to find their way back into the game after that, but the visitors’ defence stood firm as Serame Letsoaka’s lads crashed to yet another defeat under his watch.