MORNING Stars played to a dull 1-1 draw against Champion FC in an Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League match at the Zwide Stadium yesterday.
The visitors opened the scoring immediately after the break, but Stars’ Sindile Mafongosi levelled in the 75th minute.
Stars were determined to regain their dignity after they were hammered 6-2 by Matta Milan in Queenstown on Thursday.
Zwide-based Stars dominated possession in the first 20 minutes as Champion struggled to keep up with the fast pace.
But the visitors came back in the second stanza and scored through a lapse of concentration by Stars.
They then poured on the pressure to try for another, but were kept at bay.
Stars then produced a fine piece of play to get the equaliser.
They continued to test the Champion defence, but the visitors kept them out to earn a point.
Stars coach Siyabulela Isaac said the game was tough but he was happy with a draw.
“We had a great game and the match was balanced, but we were hoping to collect maximum points,” he said. “Nonetheless the players showed character and I’m happy with their performance, but we still struggle to score goals.”
Meanwhile, in another Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe league fixture, Real City beat neighbours Jeffreys Bay Milan 2-1 in Jeffreys Bay.
Siphelele Jonas scored the visitors’ first goal in the 20th minute, but this was cancelled by the home side when they received a penalty.
Milan made no mistake with the spot kick to level the score going into half time.
Jonas scored his second in the last five minutes to put City back in front and they held on to the lead to collect maximum points. – Mthetho Ndoni