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Wome: Late goal

Wome: Late goal

An 86th minute goal from Dove Wome secured a 1-0 win for Free State Stars in a Premier Soccer League Fixture against Maritzburg United on Wednesday.

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The win not only secured Stars' position in the top half of the PSL standings, but it also helped the Free State team close in on the top three teams in the league. This was the fourth-placed Stars' eighth victory in 19 league matches this season.

In addition, the win has helped Stars move six points clear of their Maritzburg counterparts, which allows the team to focus on catching up to Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars, as oppose to constantly watching their tails.

Although United appeared to enjoy the superior possession, the KZN team failed to exploit the match situation, thanks in part to some organised defence from Stars.

Ea Lla Koto also had their opportunities though and the first was squandered by midfielder Noah Chivuta in the 19th minute of the match.

Chivuta was inside the box when he received a brilliant cross from Danny Venter, but failed to make more of his favourable position.

Venter was again instrumental for Stars in the dying moments of the first-half, however, his shot at goal was saved by United captain Shuaib Walters, which was frustrating as the Free State team had applied significant pressure on their opponents at this juncture.

Venter, who produced some sterling football against United on Wednesday night, was also denied a goal in the 49th minute of the match, thanks in part to some brilliant keeping from Walters, once again.

Four minutes later Enva Wiltwer failed to give Stars the lead as he fired wide.

Wome eventually netted from a long-range free-kick in the 86th minute to seal the result.

Maritzburg, who were lying fifth ahead of the midweek fixtures, remain without a win in the league this year.

Posted: 20/02/13 19:34

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