Stars blast Ikapa out of Nedbank Cup


While the Cape side did look good on attack, their defence had an abysmal afternoon, at times looking almost non-existent as Stars broke through on countless occasions and took a 5-0 lead into the half-time break.

It took only 11 minutes for Stars to register their first goal, which came via the penalty spot.

Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene converted the spot kick, which had been awarded after Warren Budde had brought down Prince Olomu inside the box.

The initial set-back failed to curb Ikapa's enthusiasm. The Cape side went in search of an equaliser and looked particularly dangerous from set pieces taken by their skipper, Kurt Lentjies.

They were unlucky not to equalise in the 14th minute when Denilson Tandwa headed Lentjies' corner goalwards, but the ball was cleared off the line by Duncan Lechesa.

Having looked like they were capable of scoring an equaliser, Ikapa were somewhat unfortunate to concede a second goal in the 27th minute.

However it would be unfair to take away anything from the goal-scorer Motseopha November, who brought down Duncan Lechesa's long ball, beat his man with a clever touch and then hammered in an unstoppable volley from a tight angle on the left to complete a brilliant individual effort.

It took only another six minutes from the third goal to arrive when Collins Chabalala burst through the middle and rounded keeper Nazier Casker before slotting the ball into the net.

A fourth goal in the 39th minute effectively sealed Ikapa's fate. The goal was another outstanding individual effort, this time by Matome Madimabe, who cut right through a bewildered Ikapa defence and clinically beat Casker at the near post.

Incredibly, there was still time for a fifth goal as Chabalala was given too much time inside the box, allowing him to shift the ball onto his left foot and drill a low shot past Casker.

The second half saw Ikapa regain their shape and their was little threat from either side early on.

In the 56th minute Mweene produced a good save to deny a well-struck Lentjies shot from outside the box.

Eight minutes later November nearly produced another exquisite goal when he spotted Casker off his line and looked to chip the keeper from 30-yards out, but was unlucky to see the ball rebound off the cross-bar.

But in the 66th minute there was no denying Stars a sixth goal as Olomu blazed through a static defence and slid the ball past Casker.

Substitute Shaun Permall came agonisingly close to pulling a goal back for the Cape side immediately afterwards when he struck the cross-bar from distance.

But there was to be a consolation prize for the visitors when in the 68th minute Lentjies underlined his massive potential, beating Mweene from a tight angle on the right.

The crowd was barely given the chance to sit down again when Stars notched their seventh goal of the game when November scored from a tight angle after Olomu's shot had bounced off the upright.

In the 70th minute Chabalala should have netted goal number eight when he burst through on goal, but a weak shot allowed Casker to make the save.

But eight minutes later the former Orlando Pirates striker netted his hat-trick when he slid the ball into the net from close range in the 77th minute.

In the 82nd minute Stars came within inches on conceding a ninth when Madimabe's parting shot hit the upright.

There was no further embarrassment for the Ikapa, who would have been happy to hear the final whistle from referee Mathew Dyer.