Despite barley testing Wayne Sandilands on the night, Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker was proud of his charges managed to stay in the game against Orlando Pirates.
The game looked destined for extra-time until Thembinkosi Lorch netted the winning goal on 83 minutes to send the Buccaneers the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals.
“Obviously, they scored late, up until then I thought we gave it as good obviously we were under pressure and had to defend. They had a lot of shots, opportunities but not really for me any real for me any clear cut chances,” Barker told SuperSport after the game.
“We were hoping from transition maybe we would get something from the game. So it was never going to be easy, number one we away from home and we made seven changes to the team from Polokwane.
“We wanted to have a look at players and I can only be proud of the effort, commitment, work rate. To stay in the game as long as we did, obviously I’m very proud of the effort,” Barker said.
Stellies goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt was named Man of Match, but he he praised the collective effort on the night.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult game. But I think we put up a good fight, pity about the result but we’ll keep on working- I think next week so we’ll keep on working.
“I think we defended well. I think they were coming at us so credit must go to the defence, the whole team actually but we’ll work on it going forward and try create more opportunities in the last third," he added.