The teams cautiously probed each others’ defences as this was the first time they faced-off in this first round on the season’s calendar
Macarena FC won a hard fought Safa SAB League battle against visitors Phokwane Stars at the Galeshewe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The full time score was 5-3 in favour of Macarena, but at half time Macarena had a solitary goal lead, scoring only once in the opening stanza. After the match their coach Lebogang Kgosiemang said despite the result he was disappointed in his players. He thought that they ought to have scored many more goals than they did.
Coach of the losing Phokwane team Isaac Sekgoro for his part was very unhappy with the match officials who handled the game. Sekgoro claimed the match officials were biased in favour of the hosts.
The game itself started at a very slow pace. The teams cautiously probed each others’ defences as this was the first time they faced-off in this first round on the season’s calendar.
Macarena scored the opening goal in the 24th minute through Tshiamo Modibedi (1-0), and from then on both sides just could not find the back of the net for the remainder of the first half.
Soon after the break, as early as the 55th minute, Stars broke their own goal drought through Moatlhodi Blom to level matters for a brief period. However, just 10 minutes later things went pear shaped for Stars. Midfielder Sammy Molefe got booked for a open studded tackle on an opponent and was sent to an early shower.
Despite being a man down Stars fought valiantly and were eventually rewarded when Itumeleng Futha sent them 2-1 ahead. But Macarena’s Bee Beyers soon found a gap in the defence and equalised for the hosts (2-2).
Macarena striker Chris Jacobs soon lined up his brace and put his side squarely in the lead 4-2, and they were not done yet as Deon Molusi sealed Stars’ fate taking the score to 5-2.
Stars did manage to strike back though, in the dying minutes of the match. Thabiso Molefe netted and made it three goals for the visiting team; and that’s how it stayed with the final score at 5-3 in favour of Macarena.
In another match at the same venue Kwa-Nobantu Celtics scored four goals against Black Stars of Windsorton. Kabo Tshenolo and Morolong Setlogelo each go onto the scoreboard while Bongani Malaza did so too with a brace (4-3 ).
For Black Stars Vuyo Makhasi, Orapeleng Bok and Doctor Dangalaza scored a goal each.
Giddy van Rooyen