Goodman Dlamini and Siphelele Mthembu were the goalscorers in Saturday’s well-earned 2-0 victory over Baroka FC at Goble Park.
Stars started the game well with captain Paulus Masehe firing just over on six minutes as he connected to a pass from Mthembu on the edge of the area.
Rooi Mahamutsa then had a goalbound header cleared off the line from a Sinethemba Jantjie corner.
Baroka were struggling to get their passing game going in front of a well drilled Stars midfield and defence, and while Talent Chawapiwa was able swing a cross into the box, his delivery was over hit and bypassed everyone in the area.
Harris Tchilimbou then headed a Patrick Phungwayo cross inches wide of the mark as Gift Motupa twice had opportunities to fire in at goal but twice missed the target.
Sifiso Mbhele did well to close down Collins Makgaka as he looked to work space for a shot on 18 minutes, ahead of an effort from Jantjie that flew just wide.
Dlamini though always looked like scoring when he picked up the ball on 31 minutes, and slotted home past Oscarine Masuluke.
Having controlled play well for much of the first half while registering nine shots, with three on target to Baroka’s two off target, Luc Eymael’s charges continued to attack at the start of the second period.
Badra Sangare was well placed to deny Motupa from close range for his first real save of the game, and while Mthembu was unable to get a shot away on 55 minutes following a good move forward, he was on hand with 65 minutes on the clock to tap home a Nyiko Mobbie pass for the second goal of the afternoon.
New striker signing Maxime Cecil Cosse was introduced for Dlamini on 74 minutes and he immediately looked to make an impact by defending from the front with the three points all but sealed.
And Baroka were afforded a rare opportunity late on when Khutso Mohwatseleng picked up the ball inside the Stars box, only to sky his effort well over the goal.