Stars come from behing to deny Cosmos

p> Goals from Tshidiso Mosikidi and Saname Wome saw Free State Stars come from two goals down to earn themselves a share of the spoils as they drew 2-2 with Jomo Cosmos in an Absa Premiership match at Sinaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The first 45 minutes was a scrappy affair with very few clear-cut chances on goal as both sides struggled to hold onto the ball for sustained periods of play. Instead, both teams gifted possession back to their opposition with some poor passing.

The homes side, though, did start brightly as Siyabonga Nontshinga tried his luck from 30-yards out, but he saw his well-struck effort sail narrowly over the crossbar.

After that the game fell into a bit of a lull as no side had the imagination in the final third of the field to break down their opposing defence.

The next effort on goal only came in the 19th minute as Edward Manqele unleashed a thunderbolt from just outside the area, but his shot was straight at Avril Phali who made a relatively comfortable save.

Ten minutes later and a lapse in concentration at the back by Free State Stars’ Sadate Ouro-Akoriko resulted in the game’s opening goal.

The Ea Lla Koto defender was not paying attention when he tried to lob a back pass to Kennedy Mweene from about 30-yards out on the right side of the box, but he did not see that his goalkeeper was off his goalline.

The Zambian international keeper tried to head the ball clear, but only succeeded in heading the ball into the back of his own net, 1-0.

Ouro-Akoriko tried to make up for his mistake in the 31st minute, but the acrobatics of Phali saw the Cosmos keeper palm a powerful 16-yard shot over the crossbar.

The rest of the half saw Cosmos sit back in defence as they weathered a storm of pressure from the Stars attack. Nonetheless, the first half finished 1-0 in favour of the home side.

The second half got off to a blistering start and Cosmos doubled their lead two minutes after the break.

Youngster Matthew Rusike scored a peach of a goal as he saw his 25-yard scorcher hit the top right-hand corner of the net, 2-0.

Stars, however, were not content to let the game get away from them and quickly hit back in the 49th minute through second half substitute Tshidiso Mosikidi who found the back of the net with a clinical shot from the edge of the box, 2-1.

The visitors’ first goal seemed to inspire them as they began playing some swift passing football and it appeared only a matter of time before they drew level.

That goal came in the 66th minute as Saname Wome rounded off a fantastic passing move with a deadly finish from just inside the 18-yard box, 2-2.

With the game flowing from end to end it seemed one team would find the winner, but both side’s finishing was woeful in front of goal and consequently the match finished 2-2.

Jomo Cosmos (1) 1 (Mweene 29’ OG)

Free State Stars (0) 0

Teams

Cosmos: Phali; Kobola, Shitolo, Appiah, Tomanyana, Samb, Sono (Tukane 77’), Nhlapo, Haskins, Rusike, Nontshinga (Burds 90’)

Stars: Mweene; Gilbert (Mosikidi 46’), Mhamha, Ouro-Akoriko, Gcaba, Wome, Mashaba, Masehe, Manqele, Mashego, Agbagwu (Sekgobela 59’)