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MON 29 JUNE 2015, 15:00 , GIANT STADIUM 1

2 Gauteng
3 Free State

Free State rally to beat hosts

Free State rally to beat hosts
Tshepo Mokhabi of Free State challenged by Christof Mtshweni of Mpumalanga during the 2015 SAB U21 Championships at the Giant Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on June 29, 2015 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday Jun 29, 2015. 20:24

Free State came from two goals down to beat Gauteng 3-2 in the SAB Under-21 Championship at Giant Stadium in Shoshanguve on Monday.

The defending champions found themselves 2-0 down within the 15 minutes - Madala Malamule and captain Melchisedec Tshwale finding the back of the net for the hosts.

Man of the Match Thabo Maphakisa pulled a goal back for Free State just after the half-hour mark before substitute Tankiso Plaatjies leveled matters in first-half stoppage time.

Maphakisa completed the comeback and his brace in the 62nd minute, pouncing on a defensive mistake.

The Free State attacker went close to completing his hat-trick in the final minute, breaking free on goal before seeing his shot just wide of the left-hand upright.

The win was Free State's second of the day, after they beat Mpumalanga in the opening game of the day.

Gauteng find themselves bottom of Group A following successive defeats.