Arrows hold unbeaten Stellies


Stellenbosch FC maintained their unbeaten record in the DStv Premiership this season after a goalless draw against Golden Arrows on Saturday evening.

Abafana Besthende entered the match with Knox Mutizwa and Andile Fikizolo starting from the bench to Stellies granting Ibraheem Jabaar and Judas Moseamedi a look in.

The earlier chance went the way of Stellenbosch on two minutes after Stanley Dimgba flashed a loose ball way beyond the intended target.

More chances followed eight minutes afterwards when a cross in by Ashley Du Preez allocated Moseamedi, who drew a save off Nkosingiphile Gumede following a stern effort.

Arrows were unfortunate not to go behind in the middle of the first half from Pule Mmodi’s shot off a corner-kick by Nduduzo Sibiya, but Sage Stephens saved brilliantly.

The Maroon and Whites were close to the lead inside 37 minutes when Nathan Sinkala headed a set-piece from Du Preez against the crossbar.

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Abafana Besthende displayed a different spark following the second half as a free-kick from the edge of the area by Sibiya shaved the bar off a foul by Marc Van Heerden.

Further trouble unsettled Stellenbosch as a move minutes into the restart by Sibiya and Nqubeko Dlamini coincided with Siboniso Conco, who drilled the resultant initiative wide of the mark.

Stellies were first to make a substitution in the earlier stages of the half, as Sandile Mthethwa made way for youngster Jayden Adams.

The home side looked to have snatched the winner courtesy of a finish by Waseem Isaacs, but it was called off for offside before Deano Van Rooyen fluffed a delightful ball from Zitha Kwinika.

In the end, the match between the respective outfits finished goalless with Stellies unable to close-in on the leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Confirmed line-ups:

Stellenbosch: Kwinika, Robertson©, van Heerden, van Rooyen, Mthethwa, Sinkala, Jabaar, Dimgba, du Preez, Moseamedi

Subs: Bombay, Adams, Msengi, Isaacs, de Goede, Khunyedi, Letsoenyo, Titus

Golden Arrows: N.Gumede, Zuke, Sibisi, Mantshiyane, Sibiya, Ndlovu, Conco, l.Dube, Mmodi, Dlamini, M.Gumede

Subs: Mbatha, Ndwandwe, Mutizwa, Nkosi, M.Dube, Fikizolo, Nxadi, Magubane