Stellenbosch return to football with solid 1-0 win against Golden Arrows

15 August 2020 - 15:49 By Ofentse Ratsie
Ashley du Preez of Stellenbosch FC celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership match between Stellenbosch FC and Golden Arrows at ABSA Tuks Stadium on August 15, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Ashley du Preez of Stellenbosch FC celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership match between Stellenbosch FC and Golden Arrows at ABSA Tuks Stadium on August 15, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Image: Samuel Shivambu/Gallo Images/BackpagePix

Ten-man Stellenbosch FC took advantage of a still heavy-legged Lamontville Golden Arrows to earn a 1-0 Absa Premiership victory in their first match back from the suspension of football due to the coronavirus at Tuks Stadium on Saturday.

The victory took coach Steve Barker’s side to ninth spot in the league‚ while the Arrows remaining in 11th place.

Usual suspect Marc Van Heerden was creator of havoc for Stellenbosch to the Arrows defence with his forceful runs down the right-hand side and he forced keeper Sifiso Mlungwana into a fine low save just after the half-hour mark.

Arrows coach Steve Komphela's side put in some good combination plays in an attempt to break the Stellenbosch wall‚ but the Western Cape side where solid at the back.

Stellies continued to create the better of the chances and opened the scoring 50th minute later when Leletu Skelem crossed in from the right for Ashley du Preez‚ who didn't waste opportunity and hit the target.

Stellenbosch suffered a blow when Ovidy Karuru received his second yellow card of the match and the hosts were reduced to 10 players with 18 minutes remaining.

In the Premiership's other 1.30pm early game on Saturday 14th-placed AmaZulu and 13th-positioned Baroka FC played to a 0-0 draw in a relegation clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

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