Saturday, 26 January 2019

Bethlehem: Richards Bay FC knocked the defending champions Free State Stars out of the Nedbank Cup with a 2-1 win at Goble Park on Saturday afternoon.

The first half had fewer chancer as Free State Stars started in the front foot.

The visitors stunned the home outfit with the lead from a deft finish from Gumede after poor defending from the hosts.

Ea Lla Koto introduced their first change when Sibusiso Masina took the field for Yusuf Jappie inside the final 20 minutes.

Richards Bay were then given a two-goal cushion after a route one delivery from Mbanjwa found Siyanda Ngubo to beat Badra Ali Sangare from point-blank range.

The Bethlehem side pulled a goal back few minutes to full-time when Sifiso Mbhele brought down a cross from the right before firing into the bottom corner.

Searching for the equaliser, Stars were nt able to get their wish despite a few half-hearted openings, as the National First Division outfit held on for the win.

Teams:

Free State Stars: Sangare, Mahamutsa, Phungwayo, Mbhele, Dlamini, Makhaula, Jantjie, Jappie, Mobbie, Mokhuoane, Tchilimbou.

Substitutes: Mbambo, Masehe, Rodgers, Masina, Bhengu, Tema, Maruping.

Richard’s Bay FC: Mbanjwa, Erasmus, Mtbule, Zulu, Madondo, Sait, Gumede, Kubeka, Sekese, Bernard, Ngubo.

Substitutes: Ngubane, Ngcobo, Mthethwa, Mashigo, Maphathe, Shange, Muishond.