Stellenbosch FC resumed their Absa Premiership campaign on a winning note after edging Golden Arrows 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Three changes for Stellenbosch from their last match back in March saw Alan Robertson, Robyn Johannes and Nathan Sinkala returning as Arrows recalled Romario Dlamini and Lungelo Dube.
The away side began finding confidence in the final third early on and with that launched their first shot in anger through Lindokuhle Mtshali but it did not bother Lee Langeveldt.
Marc Van Heerden managed to bring the best out of Sifiso Mlungwana, who came up with a blinder of a save to thwart the former’s free-kick for a corner-kick inside 21 minutes. From the resultant corner, Robertson cracked the upright after latching onto Ovidy Karuru’s rebounded shot, with Mlungwana denying Ashley Du Preez too in this sequence of events.
Pressure play from Abafana Besthende two minutes after halftime had Mtshali starring down the throat of Langeveldt with a long-range drive, but the shot-stopper handled effectively.
Stellies still went ahead minutes later when Leletu Skelem darted down the right to play in Du Preez who made no mistake with a cool finish.
Siboniso Conco entered in the place of Thando Khwela on the side of Arrows 11 minutes later and almost made an instant impact with a through ball for Knox Mutizwa, but Langeveldt thwarted the striker.
Stellies finished the match with ten players inside the 72nd minute after Karuru received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away in pure frustration.
Abafana Besthende still weren’t able to make use of their advantage in the final minutes and succumbed to their first-ever defeat against Stellenbosch FC.