Pentjie Zulu of Platinum Stars challenges Sinethemba Jantjie if Free State Stars during the 2017 Maize Cup match between Platinum Stars and Free State Stars on the 15 July 2017 at James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Saturday Jul 15, 2017. 12:09
The 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup hosts Platinum Stars are out of the tournament as they lost 1-0 to Free State Stars in the semifinal on Saturday morning at James Motlatsi Stadium.
An early goal through Sinethemba Jantjie gave the Free State side a spot in the final of the pre-season tournament.
They will now wait to see their opponent in the winner of the second semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Township Rollers.
As early as the fifth minute, Jantjie made a wonderful run on the left flank and unleashed a powerful shot, but it was saved by keeper Nhlakanipho Duma.
In the 10th minute, Stars received a free kick just away from the centre line and they managed to break the deadlock when Jantjie converted the set piece with a clever flick-on from Anas to beat keeper, Duma in the near post.
Striker Mohamed Anas was denied by Dikwena's Ryan De Jongh in the 27th minute after clearing the ball on the line.
The striker slotted the ball past Duma to complete his brace following a good movement by the Bethlehem-based side.
However, on the stroke of half time, Mduduzi Nyanda showed great skill as he turned down his man before firing a shot which hit the woodwork. It was 1-0 to Stars at half time.
Although both sides were looking to create clear cut chances in the opposite half, it was Duma who was called to action as early as the third minute to deny Jantjie from close range.
However, chances were far and few towards the dying stages of the tie and Duma pulled off yet another brilliant save to deny Stars.
Despite their push to find an equaliser and book a spot in the final, Milton Dlamini's men failed to convert their chances as they crashed out of the tournament.
In the wake of the victory, David Vilakazi's men will meet the winner between Kaizer Chiefs and Township Rollers in the final at 16:00 (CAT).
Platinum Stars 0
Free State Stars (1) 1 (Jantjie 16')
Free State Stars: Ali, Mashego, Mtsweni, Nkili, Teyise, Masehe, Vilakazi, Jantjie, Hlubi, Dlamini (Mokhuoane 66'), Anas
Platinum Stars: Duma, De Jongh, Zulu, Mathenjwa, Gwabeni, Sibeko, Links, Baloyi, Nyanda (Otladisa 54'), Mbatha (Mose 56'), Kunene (Modise 60')