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Stellenbosch & Baroka Share The Spoils In Thrilling Draw

PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-Off
 
Result: Stellenbosch FC 2-2 Baroka FC
 
Date: 31 May 2017
 
Venue: Athlone Stadium
 
Baroka FC and Stellenbosch FC shared the spoils in the opening Promotion/Relegation Play-Off tie, as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Athlone Stadium. 
 
The visitors threatened early on and carved out a couple chances, with Maboke Matlakala and Victor Letsoalo going close in the opening 10 minutes.
 
Baroka should have broken the deadlock in the 15th minute but Mzwanele Mahashe managed to head over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.
 
Stellenbosch, on the other hand, were on the back foot for most of the half, but they went close to scoring in the 29th minute when Diego Brown fired over from 18-yards out.
 
Baroka's dominance eventually paid off in the 38th minute when Nkosinathi Ndlovu lifted the ball to the far post, where Mxolisi Kunene was hand to head into an empty net, 0-1.
 
However, the home side leveled matters just before the break when Mame Niang's knock down found Jarod Maroole, who volley into the bottom corner, 1-1.
 
Baroka continued to see more of the ball in the second half and they restored their lead in the 53rd minute when Ndlovu curled home a sublime free-kick from the edge of the box, 1-2.
 
Stellenbosch did not sit back and they eventually leveled matters in the 61st minute when Daivd Booysen rose above Punch Masenamela to head home at the far post, 2-2.
 
With time running out, Baroka introduced Mduduzi Mdatsane for Maboke Matlakala in the 78th minute, before James Bell came on for Stellenbosch two minutes later.
 
Baroka pushed for a winning goal and went close in the closing stages, but Stellenbosch goalkeeper Washington Arubi produced two superb saves to deny Letsoalo and Richard Matloga.
 
Nonetheless, 2-2 was how the encounter ended as both sides begin the play-offs with a point.
 
Here's how they line up:
 
Stellenbosch: 36. Arubi, 23. Lecki, 21. Brown, 34. Sait, 2. Rowell (Dube 56'), 24. Shitembi, 28. Booysen. 11. Mabua, 10. Muishond (Bell 80'), 6. Moroole, 32. Niang.
 
Baroka: 30. Masuluke, 3. Mahashe, 52. Kgoetyane, 6. Shaku, 49. Matlakala, 7. Ndlovu, 48. Maleka (Motshegwa 83), 2. Masenamela, 28. Letsoalo, 36. Kunene (Matloga 65'), 25. Munetsi.

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