Stellenbosch Football Club

Barker: This was one of our best performances


Steve Barker has described Stellenbosch FC’s victory over TS Galaxy on Wednesday as one of the best performances he has seen from his team.

Stellenbosch FC romped to a 3-0 DStv Premiership win over TS Galaxy at the Danie Craven Stadium on Wednesday after goals from Thabo Moloisane, Devin Titus and Antonio van Wyk secured all three points for the home side.

Following the match, which was Stellies’ 10th consecutive game without defeat against the Rockets, head coach Steve Barker could not hide his delight at his side’s performance.

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“I’m very pleased with the result, and in my opinion, it was one of our best performances,” Barker said.

“From the first minute until the last, I think we were just on point, playing with a lot of intensity and a lot of energy and we looked dangerous on transition. We moved the ball, kept the ball well and the commitment of the players was first-class. I’m very pleased with the all-round performance.

“A couple of players got opportunities again – [Qobolwakhe] Sibande has shown his quality in an extended run at left-back, and Anicet Oura was really good as well. The whole team was really good on the night so I am very pleased.”

With an international break pending, the Maroons will have to wait more than two weeks before they return to action in the Carling Knockout Cup, and the coach is focussing on the positives behind the break in play.

“We get so used to these breaks so  I just tend to take the positives out of it. It gives us an opportunity to have a bit of a breather and for players [such as Fawaaz Basadien, Genino Palace and Iqraam Rayners] to come back from injury.

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“We can now work on building from a performance like this with two weeks to become even better than we were tonight. Those are the standards we need to set ourselves because we could probably have scored an extra goal or two before half-time and really killed the game off.

“You want to be able to do that on a regular basis, but yes, when you win you want to play and when you lose, you probably feel like you need a break, but we are looking forward to it and will see what the Carling Knockout holds in store for us. ”