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Stellenbosch Silence Baroka To Climb Up The Table

Absa Premiership

Result: Stellenbosch 1-0 Baroka

Date: 17 January 2020

Venue: Athlone Stadium

Stellenbosch FC moved five points clear of the drop zone after with a 1-0 victory over Baroka FC in the Absa Premiership on Friday night.

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Stellies head coach Steve Barker mad two changes for the encounter as Ryan Moon and Sibusiso Mthethwa replaced Alan Robertson and Ashley Du Preez while Baroka re-called Tshidiso Patjie and Prince Nxumalo.

The Limpopo side came to the game on a back of a narrow 1-0 victory over neighbors Polokwane City that saw them end a six-game winless. Meanwhile, Stellenbosch were in high spirits after thumping Highlands Park 4-1 away in Tembisa to boost their chances of surviving the dreaded relegation.

The early exchanges did not produce any big chances but Stellies had the best chance of the first stanza on the stroke of half-time after Ovidy Karuru played a final pass across the face of goal but Moon could not capitalise as he struck his effort wide.

Barker's troops eventually broke the deadlock four minutes after the halftime break courtesy of Waseem Isaacs, who pounced on a cross from Iqraam Rayners.

The visitors were creating chances to get back to the game after the hour-mark but they were thwarted by the brilliant goalkeeping of Stellies' Lee Langeveldt.

The game opened up with 20 minutes remaining as the hosts nearly doubled their lead after Rayners unleashed a threatening strike that was saved by Baroka shot-stopper Elvis Chipezeze.

Baroka applied the pressure late on in search of an equaliser,  but the Western Cape side were able to see out the closing stages to claim a second successive league win.

Here's how they lined up:

Stellenbosch: 35. Langeveldt, 42. Mobbie, 13. Van Heerden, 5. Mthethwa, 16. Johannes, 12. Scott, 8. Matsi, 29. Moon, 17. Kauru, 10. Rayners, 21. Isaacs.

Subs: 31. De Jong, 18. Skelem, 7. Van Rooyen, 47. Gould, 3. Ndlovu, 11. Franco, 15. Bergman

Baroka: 1. Chipezeze, 33. Farmer, 40. Chivaviro, 2. Kgoetyane, 20. Patjie, 10. Phiri, 14. Mosele, 35. Nxumalo, 23. Ngubane, 3. Gebhardt, 12. Makgaka.

Subs: 30. Dlamini, 24. Madondo, 37. Maloka, 11. Selemela, 5. Makume, 28. Nsimba, 42. Mgaga.

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