Stellenbosch frustrate Baroka in the Play-Offs

Stellenbosch frustrate Baroka in the Play-Offs
Matome Kgoetyane of Baroka is tackled by Petrus Shitembi of Stellenbosch FC

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 31, 2017. 18:00

Two goals courtesy of Jarrod Moroole and David Booysen allowed Stellenbosch to draw 2-2 against Baroka FC in their 2016/17 Promotion Play-off tie on Wednesday afternoon at Athlone Stadium.

Following the draw, the Mother City side have one point and will face Black Leopards on Saturday.

On the other hand, the Mxolisi Kunene and Nkosinathi Ndlovu netted for the visiting outfit.

Although the first 10 minutes of the fast paced encounter failed to produce goalscoring chances, it was the hosts who threatened first through Stanley Muishond whose attempt went over the cross bar in the 11th minute.

Five minutes later, Maboke Matlakala couldn't direct his free header towards Washington Arubi's empty net following a beautiful delivery down the right wing.

A defensive error by Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele in the 29th minute saw Diego Brown failing to capitalise as he took a shot at goal in the penalty area, but missed the target.

Kunene broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when he converted a clinical cross from Punch Masenamela down the left flank.

However, the hosts equalised on the stroke of half time through Moroole who received a clever header from Mame Niang to beat Oscarine Masuluke on his left corner.

1-1 at half time.

The Limpopo-based side reclaimed their lead in the 54th minute after Ndlovu netted with a superb set piece to beat Washington Arubi.

Coach Sammy Troughton introduced Cleopas Dube who failed to make an immediate impact after missing a free header in the 59th minute.

However, the hosts fought back to make it 2-2 when Booysen outjumped Masenamela on the far corner to head home following a well drilled free kick by Brown.

Baroka continued to pile pressure on their hosts and Victor Letsoalo attempted to beat Arubi on his near post, but the Zimbabwean net minder was alert and punched the ball way.

Arubi was called to action in the dying minutes when he denied substitute Richard Matloga from a close range header, the keeper closed down the angle to ensure the scores remain 2-2 at full time.

For Baroka, the stalemate means they have one point and will now hope to beat Lidoda Duvha next Wednesday.

Stellenbosch FC: (1) 2 (Moroole 44', Booysen 62')
Baroka FC: (1) 2 (Kunene 38', Ndlovu 54')

Stellenbosch FC: Arubi, Lecki, Brown, Sait, Rowell (Dube 57'), Shitembi, Booysen, Mabua, Muishond (Bell 80'), Moroole, Niang

Baroka FC: Masuluke, Mahashe, Kgoetyane, Shaku, Matlakala (Mdantsane 79') , Ndlovu, Maleka (Mostshegwa 84'), Masenamela, Letsoalo, Kunene (Matloga 65'), Munetsi



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