Siphelele Mthembu secured the three points for Free State Stars with the second goal against Baroka FC. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

BETHLEHEM – After two matches without a victory, Free State Stars returned to the winning column with a 2-0 home Premiership triumph over Baroka FC at Goble Park on Saturday.

Ea Lla Koto were full value for their three points in a dominant performance, which kept them comfortably perched in the Premiership top five.

The Limpopo side’s inconsistency continues to hamper their progress, but they still managed to cling to seventh spot on the log.

Baroka, who had won just two of their last 12 league matches heading to Qwa Qwa and harvested just 11 points from a possible 36, were devoid of any genuine attacking flair or imagination and struggled to maintain possession, particularly in the final third of the field.

Their isolated assaults on the home side’s goal were comfortably seen off by a well-organised Stars defence, and their Ivorian goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangara was rarely troubled.

Based on the flow of the game and shots on target, it came as little surprise when attacking midfielder Goodman Dlamini prized his way through the Chippa defence and unleashed a well-placed shot to give the hosts the lead on the half-hour.

Ea Lla Koto at no stage lost control of the match, and were rewarded for a sustained period of pressure when Siphelele Mthembu slotted the ball into the back of the net from a well-worked build-up to double their lead midway through the second period.

African News Agency (ANA)