Absa Premiership

Late FS Stars goal downs Ajax

Makhehlene Makhaula (File)
Makhehlene Makhaula (File)

Cape Town - Free State Stars overcame Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash played at the Goble Park on Wednesday night.

The victory saw Ea Lla Koto move to position seven on the league table, while the Urban Warriors drop to ninth.

The away side enjoyed more possession in the opening stages and they were awarded a free-kick just outside the Stars box in the 12th minute.

Ajax midfielder Erwin Isaacs stepped up and fired wide of the target without troubling Stars goalkeeper Dauoda Diakite.

The home side pushed forward in numbers in the 26th minute with Ayanda Nkosi running onto a through pass from the midfield but he was ruled offside.

On the half-hour mark, former Bidvest Wits winger Isaacs played a dangerous curling cross into the Stars box which was well caught by Diakite.

Ajax striker Prince Nxumalo took a shot three minutes before the half-time break and his attempt went wide of the right hand post.

A lively second-half followed. Ajax keeper Anssi Jaakkola saved Lucky Mohomi's shot from a free-kick in the 58th minute.

In the 69th minute, Stars keeper Diakite went down injured and he was replaced by young shot-stopper Johnny Mathole.

Ea Lla Koto continued to attack and ten minutes later, Danny Venter took a shot which was easily saved by Jaakkola.

The pressure paid off in the 90th minute as Makhehlene Makhaula fired home with his left foot to seal a 1-0 win for Stars.