Stellenbosch FC edged past ten-man TS Galaxy to secure their first win of the DStv Premiership season on Wednesday evening.
Stellies granted recent signing Judas Moseamedi his first start and also gave Junior Mendieta another run-out, while Galaxy handed veteran forward Mohammed Anas his first start since joining.
The Rockets started on the back-foot seven minutes on the clock after Pogiso Sanoka saw red for handling the ball off the feet of Moseamedi who was about to have a crack at goal.
Moseamedi did go on to find the back of the net minutes on the half-hour mark from a ball into space by Junior Mendieta, but it was disallowed for offside.
It was all the host who engineered all the danger before the interval with balls from Mendieta the major instigator but the deadlocked still eluded the side from the Winelands.
Steve Barker started the second period with Ashley Du Preez introduced in the place of Moegamad De Goede, as the visitors made no alterations.
Du Preez’s entrance proved telling ten minutes from the break when he picked up an assist from Stanley Dimgba, who had worked past three bodies to fire home.
Galaxy were battling to contain a certain Du Preez in the midway phase of the second stanza, as the tricky player threatened a brace from a cutback by Sandile Mthethwa, but missed target.
Stellenbosch weren’t satisfied with just a single goal, but threatened more with smart attempts from close-range by Moseamedi and substitute Waseem Isaacs.
However, the need for more didn’t matter as the host picked up their first win of the season nonetheless.
Stellenbosch: Langeveldt, Kwinika, Mthethwa, De Goede, Jabaar, Van Rooyen, Adams, Sinkala, Mendieta, Moseamedi, Dimgba.
Subs: Stephens, Avontuur, Msengi, Isaacs, Myeni, Robertson, Letsoenyo, Van Wuk, Du Preez.
Galaxy: Kolak, Sanoka, Makitan, Mokoena, Seedat, Nduli, Brooks, Aubaas, Mbatha, Anas, Lekay.
Subs: Van der Linde, Mahlangu, Mbunjana, Ndlovu, Bodibe, Phohlongo, Kwem, Macuphu, Nyama.