Stars mowed down

It was better late than never for Manning Rangers in their Castle Premiership match at Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday night, when they scored two late goals against Free State Stars to run out worthy but rather fortunate 2-1 winners.

The victory takes them into joint second place with Hellenic on 24 points, five points the log leaders Sundowns. Stars set the pace in the first half with a goal in the eighth minute by Pogisho Mokotko, who connected with a cross from Bunene Ngaduane before shooting past the Rangers goalkeeper, Grant Johnson.

Johnson reacted brilliantly just before the break to prevent a second goal by the visitors from an effort by Ngaduane. Rangers took the second half honours but could not convert their territorial advantage into goals until the 85th minute when Solo Ndimande finally put Rangers on level terms.

Ndimande, Fees Moloi and Mandla Zwane had all missed opportunities beforehand until Isaac Kungoane sent over a corner for Bradley Muir to head on to Ndimande whose header from close range beat the goalkeeper, Michael Babale.
Rangers' winner came on the stroke of the final whistle from Zwane, a 70th-minute substitute for Sipho Ndzuzo, who took full advantage of a defensive error and a loose ball in the small area which he easily netted to send the Chatsworth crowd home in high spirits.