Dla2 scores first win

2016-10-12 06:00
THE Dla2 FC players in blue and white are in control of the ball while the Tsiame All Stars player chases the ball during their Safa ABC Motsepe League encounter at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium on Saturday (08/10). Photo: Tladi Moloi

THE Dla2 FC players in blue and white are in control of the ball while the Tsiame All Stars player chases the ball during their Safa ABC Motsepe League encounter at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium on Saturday (08/10). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – A lone goal scored in the first stanza by Makgata Mofokeng was enough to earn Dla2 FC its first win of the South African Football Association (Safa) Free State ABC Motsepe League.

The important goal was scored during the Eastern Free State derby between Dla2 and the underperforming Tsiame All Stars at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium in Qwaqwa on Saturday (08/10).

Mofokeng scored with a looping header after he jumped higher than the Tsiame All Stars defence to make the score 1-0.

The two teams had to face-off in the league encounter seven days after they had locked horns in the Nedbank Cup preliminary clash, where All Stars edged out Dla2 by 2-0 before losing the final to the red hot Super Eagles of Bohlokong near Bethlehem.

The home team of Dla2 started the game at a high tempo, showing that eagerness to score an early goal. But it was the visitors who started testing the home team’s keeper with a long range free kick from the former Amazulu player Tsoeu Mokoro.

However, a few minutes into the first half, the home team gave their supporters something to celebrate when Mofokeng broke the ice with a header, putting the ball in the top corner and leaving All Stars keeper Motsabi Mabitsela helpless.

It later proved to be a heartbreaker for the All Stars supporters, who looked like they have lost patience with their coach, Hleza Mofeli, who is skating on thin ice.

Motsemoholo Mofarasi of Dla2 was denied by a cross bar in the second half after he outran the aging former African Warriors defender Lerato “Lovers” Mofokeng, before unleashing a rocket shot.

The visitors pushed more players up front in search of a goal that would have at least secured a point, but they struggled to combine a magic final touch to hit the net. They got two place kicks at the dangerous position just out of the 18 yards box, but Lovers fired them both on top of the bar.

Thus far, All Stars have collected six points of the possible 12 points. They won 1-0 against Harmony FC and Dinonyana FC before losing by 0-3 and 0-1 against Eagles and Dla2.

They are currently occupying the seventh spot with 6 points after 4 points, while Dla2 shot to position 11 with 4 points after the same number of games.

This weekend, All Stars will welcome Sibaye Golden Stars on their home at the Platberg Stadium in Harrismith at 15:00.

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