Spoils shared in Bethlehem after late drama

Edward Manqele’s late goal was not enough to earn maximum points against Chippa United in the Premiership clash at Goble Park on Thursday evening.

Both teams had their moments in attack during the first half, but there were only a couple of chances in what was a tight opening period in Bethlehem.

The second half was more action-packed, with several chances before the two late goals.

After a bright start from Chippa, the game evened out, although neither side was able to penetrate the opposition defence.

Kurt Lentjies had an effort on goal for the Chilli Boys on 23 minutes, but from a good position, he smashed his free-kick over the bar.

Stars began to find their rhythm in the final 10 minutes of the half and a good chance arrived in the 38th minute when Sinethemba Jantjie was denied at close range by Chippa keeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Ea Lla Koto also had the first opportunity after the break when Paulus Masehe let fly, but Akpeyi was again on top of his game with a good save.

The action quickly went to the other end where Sangare kept out Paseka Mako’s shot from close range before the rebound was fired over.

Chippa had another chance, but Lentjies misfired in front of goal after being played in by Phetso Maphanga in the 64th minute, but the hosts scored what seemed set to be the winner when Edward Manqele netted five minutes from time.

But the Chilli Boys came storming back to square matters just two minutes later as James Okwuosa headed in a from a Menzi Masuku corner.

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