A heavily-rotated Stellenbosch FC side were held to a goalless draw by SuperSport United in Tuesday’s DStv Premiership encounter.
Goalkeeper Reid Bombay made his Stellenbosch FC debut, while Kyle Jurgens made his first league start
Jayden Adams was handed the captain’s armband for the encounter
Juan Carlos Ortiz stepped up his recovery from injury by earning his first start of the season
With Stellenbosch set to play host to a Nedbank Cup semi-final encounter on Sunday, Steve Barker made nine changes to his starting XI for the clash against SuperSport United, with Nhlanhla Mgaga and Vusi Sibiya the only players retaining their spots from last weekend’s win over Golden Arrows.
The two sides were evenly matched during the opening exchanges with the most notable moment of the first half coming through Jayden Adams, wearing the armband in the absence of Lee Langeveldt and Deano van Rooyen, who found the back of the net only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
The Maroons maintained their discipline during the second half and looked to go on the attack following the introduction of Sibongiseni Mthethwa, Fawaaz Basadien, Ibraheem Jabaar, and Devin Titus on the hour mark, with the latter making a near-instant impact.
Within minutes of his introduction, the 21-year-old Titus picked out Juan Carlos Ortiz with a cross from the right wing but the Venezuelan forward’s headed effort was well saved by Matsatsantsa ‘keeper Ricardo Goss to keep the scores level on the night.
That proved to be the last real chance for the guests who remain sixth in the DStv Premiership standings on 37 points with two matches remaining for the campaign.
You can watch highlights of the match in the video below, courtesy of SuperSportTV
There is a quick turnaround for Steve Barker’s side who will next be in action at 18h00 on Sunday, 7 May 2023 when the club hosts Sekhukhune United at the Danie Craven Stadium for a spot in this season’s Nedbank Cup final.
Tickets for the showpiece encounter are on sale and can be purchased online from Ticketpro or in-person at SPAR outlets at a cost of R60 per person. There will be free parking at the nearby Welgevallen Fields and supporters are encouraged to arrive early to avoid possible traffic congestion.