Stellenbosch FC made it back-to-back wins in the DStv Premiership on Saturday after recording an emphatic 5-2 win over Golden Arrows at the Danie Craven Stadium.
Iqraam Rayners and Junior Mendieta both scored twice apiece, alongside a first SFC goal from Olwethu Makhanya
Rayners’ first goal of the night was his 50th goal for the club
The win propels Steve Barker’s side to sixth position in the DStv Premiership standings
Having recorded a 3-0 league win over Swallows FC last weekend, Stellenbosch FC continued their free-scoring run of form on Saturday by claiming a 5-2 victory over top eight rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.
Proceedings got off to the perfect start for the hosts who were awarded a penalty with less than a minute played after midfielder Junior Mendieta was bundled over inside the opposition box.
Mendieta dusted himself off to take the resultant spot-kick and although his effort was well saved by Arrows goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana, the Argentine midfielder was on hand to head home the rebound to give Stellies an early lead.
Iqraam Rayners came close to doubling the advantage just minutes later but fired his effort straight at Mlungwana before Arrows turned the match on its head by netting twice in 11 minutes, first through an equaliser by Bongumusa Nkosi and then at the hand of former Maroons forward, Ryan Moon.
Barker’s troops responded positively though, and Rayners drew matters level with just under half an hour played, reacting quickest to a ball fired into the box by Nhlanhla Mgaga to tap home his 50th goal for Stellenbosch FC across all competitions.
Mendieta netted his second of the night not long after to give Stellies the lead and three quickly became four through Olwethu Makhanya who, a day before his 19th birthday, netted his first goal for the club by bundling home a loose ball in the box following a corner.
Makhanya’s strike proved to be the last moment of significance for the first half which ended with Stellenbosch leading 4-2 over their opponents from Kwa-Zulu Natal.
After a period of relative quiet following the restart, at least in comparison to the football on display in the first half, Stellies netted a fifth on the night when the in-form Rayners doubled his tally, finding the back of the net from an expertly delivered assist from Mgaga.
The 27-year-old’s effort was his 15th goal in just his 11th appearance since returning to Stellenbosch from SuperSport United and sealed an emphatic win for the club, who will be in action again next week Tuesday when they travel to Pretoria to take on Matsatsantsa.
You can watch highlights of all seven of the goals in the video below, courtesy of SuperSportTV