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Stellenbosch keep up great form with victory over AmaZulu

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Stellenbosch FC kept up their excellent form with a deserved 2-0 triumph over AmaZulu in a DStv Premiership match played at an atmospheric Danie Craven Stadium on Friday evening.

Stellenbosch FC kept up their excellent form with a deserved 2-0 triumph over AmaZulu in a DStv Premiership match played at an atmospheric Danie Craven Stadium on Friday evening.

The Cape side struck via Iqraam Rayners and Devon Titus to secure a sixth win from their last seven games across all competitions – the only exception in the sequence was a 1-1 draw with runaway league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns early this month.

The result sees Stellies rise to seventh place on the log, while Usuthu drop to ninth.

The visitors were inches away from taking the lead on 12 minutes when Gabadinho Mhango rattled the frame of the goal with a shot direct from a free kick. The rebound fell kindly for Mbongeni Gumede, but he could only head a tame effort wide of the mark.

Shortly thereafter AmaZulu had another chance when they took advantage of a mistake in midfield, but George Maluleka’s low shot from a tight angle was well saved by Sage Stephens.

AmaZulu appeared to be building momentum, but Stellies claimed the lead in the 18th minute when Iqraam Rayners tucked home from close range after exchanging passes with Junior Mendieta in the penalty area.

Stellenbosch FC kept up their excellent form with a deserved 2-0 triumph over AmaZulu in a DStv Premiership match played at an atmospheric Danie Craven Stadium on Friday evening.

Stellenbosch FC kept up their excellent form with a deserved 2-0 triumph over AmaZulu in a DStv Premiership match played at an atmospheric Danie Craven Stadium on Friday evening.

Mendieta should have made it 2-0 on 35 minutes when Stellenbosch cut through AmaZulu’s defence on the counter, but goalkeeper Veli Mothwa bailed out his team with an excellent save one-one-one.

Stellenbosch went on to dominate the remainder of the first half, but the score remained 1-0 to the interval.

TITUS ADDS SECOND

The start of the second half saw Usuthu make a double change, as Ethan Brooks and Thabo Qalinge were introduced off the bench, but it was Stellenbosch who made most of the running in attacking terms.

On the hour mark they were a post’s width away from a two-goal lead, as Devon Titus sprung the offside trap and rounded Mothwa, but from a tight angle only managed to hit the base of the nearest upright.

The Cape side spurned another great chance to increase their lead midway through the second half when Titus unselfishly teed up Rayners, but the attacker struck wide from close range.

AmaZulu’s first chance of the second half arrived on 72 minutes when Thembela Sikhakhane whipped in a cross from the right to find the head of Sede Dion, but his glancing effort flashed wide of the far post.

Stellenbosch eventually made it 2-0 in the 76th minute, with a long ball over the top of the defence allowing Titus to run free down the right of the penalty area before stroking a low shot through the legs of Mothwa.

The hosts had chances to add to their advantage via Antonio Van Wyk and Rayners, but ultimately settled for a 2-0 victory over the visitors from Durban.

The teams will return to DStv Premiership action on Saturday 1 April, with Stellenbosch away to Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu at home to Swallows FC.

Stellenbosch FC (1) 2 (Rayners 18’, Titus 76’)

AmaZulu 0

Stellenbosch:

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