Sinethemba Jantjie of Free State Stars

Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jan 09, 2019. 22:08

Free State Stars came from a goal down to beat relegation rivals Maritzburg United 2-1 in an Absa Premiership game at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday evening.

Relebogile Mokhuoane and Sinethemba Jantjie found the back of the net for Ea Lla Koto with victory – a first away from home this season – leading the club up to 13th place on the log standings, five points clear of bottom-placed Maritzburg.

Deolin Mekoa opened the scoring in KZN with a neat finish on the cusp of half-time as Maritzburg went in search of a first home win of the campaign.

It was not to be for the hosts, though, as Mokhuoane pulled the visitors level in the 72nd minute with a neat back heel, before Jantjie struck home a sweet finish nine minutes later to seal all three points for Stars.

The Bidvest Wits-bound attacker rose of the bench to great effect to pull Stars clear while a fourth defeat in succession leaves Maritzburg in serious trouble.

Maritzburg United (1) 1 (Mekoa 45+7′)

Free State Stars (0) 2 (Mokhuoane 72′ Jantjie 81′)

Maritzburg United: Ofori; Sanoka, Onyango, Farmer (Figuareido 87′), Xulu, Matsi, Kunene (Shandu 65′), Mekoa, Atouba (Ndlovu 82′), Makgalwa, Fileccia.

Free State Stars: Sangare; Phungwayo, Mbhele, Mahamutsa, Mobbie, Masehe (Maruping 77′), Makhaula (Jantjie 63′), Mokhuoane, Dlamini, Jappie, Tchilimbou (Khabane 90+3′).

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