Stellenbosch claimed an emphatic 3-0 win over Cape Town City in the Western Cape derby at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.
Eric Tinkler recalled Fagrie Lakay and Tashreeq Morris, but named Thabo Nodada on the bench. As for Stellies, DStv Diski Challenge graduate Devin Titus debuted at right-back.
The Citizens should have had the perfect start straight from kickoff from a cross-cum shot by Lakay, but the attempt missed target and the goal their opposite number Lee Langeveldt.
Stellenbosch had to make a substitution in the first 12 minutes after Sandile Mthethwa battled with a back spasm and saw Alan Robertson brought on as his replacement.
Despite a dominant start, the Citizens trailed a minute from the half-hour mark from a solid finish by the substitute Robertson after City went to sleep at the back.
There was movement from City’s bench at halftime, as Craig Martin replaced Lakay whereas Stellies decided to make no changes following their forced removal in the first stanza.
City came very close to go level minutes into the restart after Taariq Fielies flicked a corner-kick by Abbubaker Mobara off against the post whilst Stellies didn’t clear their lines.
The visitors looked to up and ante did so with the introduction of Judas Moseamedi for Nigerian-born Stanley Dimgba.
Stellies new boy Moseamedi heralded his entry with a solid strike seven minutes from time off a decent pass and helped himself to a brace at the death to see out the victory.
City: Hugo, Mkhize, Fielies, Fasika, Mashego, Mobara, Mdantsane, Ajagun, Ralani, Lakay, Morris.
Subs: Mpandle, Cupido, Makola, Dove, Mapfumo, Mayo, Martin, Mokhuoane, Nodada.
Stellenbosch: Langeveldt, Kwinka, Mthethwa, De Goede, Van Heerden, Adams, Sinkala, Mendieta, Du Preez, Titus, Dimgba.
Subs: Stephens, Robertson, Letsoenyo, Khunyedi, Moseamedi, Avontuur, Andries, Isaacs, Msengi