Stellenbosch Football Club

Stellies romp to derby win over Cape Town Spurs


Stellenbosch Football Club on Tuesday extended their unbeaten run to seven matches across all competitions after recording a 3-0 DStv Premiership win over Cape Town Spurs.

Stellenbosch made the short trip to the DHL Stadium in neighbouring Cape Town to take on bottom-of-the-log Cape Town Spurs, where coach Steve Barker made five changes to his starting XI from the side that defeated AmaZulu in Durban three days prior.

Striker Iqraam Rayners was one of the players who retained his spot, with rotation the order of the day ahead of Saturday’s Carling Knockout semi-final, and it was he who made the first impact by opening the scoring with a curling right-footed effort in the eighth minute.

Spurs then looked to hit back by employing a series of raking long balls but it was at the other end where Stellies came closest to scoring again, this time Andre de Jong firing just wide of the opposition goal with a powerful strike from his left boot.

The hosts had an opportunity to draw level in the first half when Ashley Cupido raced clear of the Stellies defence, but goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke, in for only his second appearance of the season, came off his line quickly and decisively to make a vital intervention.

Masuluke was on hand again shortly thereafter to deny a couple of half-chances but the towering ‘keeper and his defence ultimately held firm to keep Stellies ahead heading into the dressing rooms for the half-time break.

Stellies came out with attacking impetus following the restart and threatened twice in the first ten minutes following the break, both times through Bafana Bafana international Jayden Adams who fired his efforts over the bar.

Spurs were next to take aim through Siyanda Msani who forced Masuluke into his biggest save of the night, with the Stellies shot-stopper forced into making a strong one-handed stop to deny the winger’s powerful drive on target.

Moments thereafter, however, Adams was not to be denied again as the marauding midfielder headed home a pin-point cross from Devin Titus to fire his side into a two-goal lead with just over an hour played.

Adams’ goal, which proved to be his last contribution before being substituted, served only to spur Stellies on for more and they came close to adding a third through Rayners, who fired just over, and then Devin Titus, whose powerful effort was well saved by Sam Ramsbottom.

The killer blow would come moments later when Darrel Matsheke found the ball at his feet following some fancy foot-work from Antonio van Wyk, and the defensive midfielder kept his composure to coolly slot home his first goal for the club.

Substitute Mervin Boji had a late drive saved by Ramsbottom but it was of little consequence in the end, as the referee blew for full-time. Stellenbosch FC 3-0 Cape Town Spurs.

Starting XI: Masuluke, Van Rooyen, Toure, Mcaba, Sibande (46′ Basadien), Matsheke, Adams (67′ Mgaga), De Jong (46′ Palace), Titus (Boji ’74), Oura (67′ Van Wyk), Rayners.