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Moroka Swallows defeated Free State Stars on Saturday ending the Bloemfontein side’s unbeaten run. The game highlighted the problems Stars have in the finishing department

Free State Stars were enjoying an unbeaten PSL campaign until a superb Katlego Mashego free-kick led to their first defeat of the season on Saturday.

Even though the team had not lost a game before defeat this weekend, they have only been able to pick up three points on two occasions against Chippa United and Bidvest Wits in August. They went into Saturday’s game after four straight draws.

The side have shown strong defensive capabilities this season as they have not conceded more than one goal a game. They have looked solid at the back and in the midfield which continues to create chances. However these chances are often spurned.  

The team’s inability to win highlights their problems in attack. Paulus Masehe is the only attacking player with goals this season. The striker scored his two goals in August during Stars only PSL victories.

Striker Moeketsi Mvula had early opportunities during the game on Saturday, but the striker could not open his account for the season.  

Throughout September Stars have only netted two goals, both scored by enterprising Togolese midfielder Dove Wome. He has been the main attacking threat this season showing creativity and vision in his performances so far.   

The match on Saturday was characterised by a dominant Stars unable to take their chances. Dove Wome again looked devastating in attack but he could not find the back of the net after numerous chances.

Stars were the better side during the match, but Mashego’s stunning free kick in the 75th minute proved to be the winning goal for Swallows.

After the opener Stars could not convert some good opportunities to level the game. They lost a game they dominated, which would not have pleased their fans or head coach Steve Komphela.

The bad conversion rate by the Bloemfontein side may continue to haunt them this season and Komphela believes that they should have beaten Swallows on Saturday.

Komphela told the club’s official website, “The number of chances we created in the first half I am sure we could have gone into half time leading at least by six goals.

“Even the Swallows coach admitted that we outplayed them in the first half, and once again luck was not on our side.

“One needs to go back to the drawing board and just ask yourself if we are creating so many chances then why are we finding it difficult to hit the target?

"It’s our first loss of the season and we just need to keep our head up high and prepare for the next match.”

Komphela’s side still sits in the top four on the PSL table, seven points behind Kaizer Chiefs. The coach will welcome the international break this weekend, as he has time to find solutions to the team’s finishing woes.