Sekhukhune, Stellenbosch play out stalemate

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Sekhukhune United and Stellenbosch FC have settled for a 1-all draw in their DStv Premiership encounter at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday evening.

Stellies began the showdown on the front foot as Junior Mendieta broke the deadlock in the 8th minute.

The visitors continued to pile pressure to the home team – searching for the second goal of the day in order to bury the game in the early stages.

However, the unfazed Babina Noko came within inches of levelling matters when Yusuf Maart delivered the ball inside the box from a corner kick, with Tumelo Matona’s header rattled off the crossbar.

Despite the Limpopo-based outfit trying to get back into the contest, it was Steve Barker’s side who continued to show the signs of intent through Deano Van Rooyen who fired a shot to test Tapuwa Kapini, but his effort was not good enough.

Back out for the second stanza, Mcdonald Makhubedu’s troops had a tough job on their hands to fight back after conceding an early goal in the opening half.

The new boys on the block were soon controlling the game in the second period, as Matona came close again to find an equalizer when he took a shot at Sage Stephens, who then made a beautiful save.

In the 68th minute, Sekhukhune’s prayers were finally answered by the man from the above when Maart’s free-kick found Chibuike Ohizu who levelled matters.

The Cape Town-based side gained momentum in the last 10 minutes of the showpiece – pushing forward in numbers with hopes of scoring a winner, but it was never meant to be.

Sekhukhune were the better side in the second half and could’ve won the game but 1-1 seemed to be a fair scoreline at the end of the day.

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By Mauwane Raophala