Orlando Pirates' defensive frailties were exposed as Moeketsi Sekola, Paulus Masehe and Mohammed Anas all netted in the first half for the home side.
In the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat, head coach Kjell Jonevret admitted that he was shocked by the result and his side's lacklustre poor performance.
"I was a little bit surprised because we have conceded one goal in every game since I have arrived, but the defence had been okay and we continue to work with it, so I was very surprised over our first half," Jonevret said after the match.
"I think it’s okay to lose games by 1-0 or something, but to concede three goals as there was, a stupid free-kick and we totally forgot to mark a player - I was surprised. I didn’t believe that," he added.
The Swedish tactician praised Stars for their performance on the night, but he was hopeful that when the Soweto giants return for their Nedbank Cup fixture next week they will put on a better showing.
"They (Stars) were good, but I mean the first two or three minutes I was happy," Jonevret said.
"We had it working on the right side but then they scored - if you look on the replay it’s a crazy goal, but all respect for Free (State) Stars. I hope that our players are now a little bit ashamed of this and we, together with all of us coaches and the staff, are going home and then we going to be back here next Saturday, and hopefully we can do better," Jonevret concluded.