Heat on after sun goes down on Stars yet again

2016-02-10 06:00

ORKNEY. – Being hammered 2-5 by elect-Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday (07/02) continued a stint of bad luck for Free State Stars against this team.

The Free State side conceded 14 goals in three games to Sundowns, who are riding the crest of the wave on 42 points.

The Brazilians beat Ea Lla Koto 6-1 in the Telkom Knockout at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem and won by 3-1 in the league at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, before Sunday’s 5-2 victory.

Ea Lla Koto started Sunday’s game like a house on fire, scoring in the early minutes through the boot of Danny Venter. The home team then went back to pack the bus, inviting the opponents into their own half.

The runaway log leaders did not disappoint, as they hit back heavily with goals from Wayne Arendse, Keagan Dolly, Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Mogakalodi Ngele.

Katlego Mashego then reduced the deficit in stoppage time to make the score 5-2.

The wounded Stars will play away to Jomo Cosmos in a hunt for three points at the Olen Park Stadium on Saturday (13/02).

Ea Lla Koto go into that game in tenth position on the log table, with 22 points in 17 games.

Cosmos are also licking fresh wounds after suffering a 1-2 defeat by Chippa United on Saturday (06/02) at the Buffalo City ­Stadium. Ezinkosi are third bottom on the table with 14 points in 18 games.

They are one and six points away from the University of Pretoria and Maritzburg United, who are in 15th and 16th place respectively.

The Bethlehem-based outfit narrowly beat Cosmos by 1-0 in the first round during the game that was played at Goble Park on 19 December.

They will be hoping to repeat the same feat to secure three points that could take them back in the top eight.

However, they will not do it easily, as Cosmos are still hanging on for dear life in the relegation zone.

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