PSL News 31.5.2017 05:36 pm

Stubborn Stellenbosch deny Baroka victory

Stellenbosch FC celebrates during the Absa Premiership promotional play off match between Stellenbosch FC and Baroka FC at Athlone Stadium. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Stellenbosch FC celebrates during the Absa Premiership promotional play off match between Stellenbosch FC and Baroka FC at Athlone Stadium. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Stellenbosch twice came from a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw in a promotion-relegation clash with Baroka FC at Athlone on Wednesday.

Baroka enjoyed the lion’s share of goal-scoring chances against the NFD club, who for their part were clinical with the few opportunities that came their way.

The Limpopo outfit, fresh off their win over Ajax Cape Town last Saturday which allowed them to avoid automatic demotion, made a cracking start to the game and came close through Maboke Matlakala and Victor Letsoala in the opening four minutes.

Matlakala then wasted a great chance to net after 15 minutes when he headed wide of an empty goal after home goalkeeper Washington Arubi had misjudged a corner.

After Diego Brown shot just over the bar from a good position for the hosts on 30 minutes, Baroka underlined their superiority with the opening goal of the game in the 39th minute, when Mxolisi Kunene clinically headed home Nkosinathi Ndlovu’s tantalising cross.

But the lead was to last for only four minutes after Jarrod Moroole found the bottom corner of the net with a first time volley following a knock down by former Sundowns striker Mame Niang.

Bakgaga were back in front nine minutes after half0time when Ndlovu curled a beautiful free kick over the wall and into goal via the underside of the crossbar.

But once again they could not hold onto their lead as the Cape side hit back six minutes later through David Booysen, who rose powerfully at the back post to head in Brown’s free kick.

The visiting team upped the ante in the last 15 minutes as they went looking for a winner, but Arubi did outstandingly well to keep out a shot from Punch Masenamela and two from Letsoala.

Next up for Stellenbosch are Black Leopards, in Thohoyandou on Saturday, with the play-offs continuing next week and the week after that.

The remaining fixtures are as follows:

June 3- Black Leopards vs Stellenbosch – Thohoyandou Stadium (3pm)
June 7- Baroka FC vs Black Leopards – Peter Mokaba Stadium (7.30pm)
June 10- Baroka FC vs Stellenbosch FC – Peter Mokaba Stadium (3pm)
June 14- Stellenbosch FC vs Black Leopards – Athlone Stadium (7.30pm)
June 17- Black Leopards vs Baroka FC – Thohoyandou Stadium (3pm)

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