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Stellenbosch Beat Galaxy On Penalties To Win Carling Cup

Stellenbosch were crowned champions of the Carling Knockout trophy for the first time in their history as they won 5-4 on penalty shootouts at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.  

The game went to extra time and after it finished 1-1, coach Steve Barker finally won his first major trophy in the PSL, which they deserved as his team provided dynamism and energy. 

Striker Iqraam Rayners won another R10,0000 for man of the match which was his fourth in this competition.  

Fans, after penalties, flocked on the pitch but were asked to leave the pitch but quickly ran away by police, to provide a little laughter.     

This means Galaxy have not defeat Stellies, who this win was their eighth, having lost to Steve Barker’s side 3-0 in October.  

Stellies were quick out of the blocks, with Fawaaz Basadien setting up Rayners, but the former SuperSport United striker shot straight at Fiacre Mtwari who stretched his body big to save the shot with his feet.     

But Lehlohonolo Mojela rifled home in the 43rd minute for Galaxy as Stellies failed to clear the corner of Higor Vidal. The ball appeared to have taken a deflection from Sihle Nduli, who had stretchered his leg.  

The 27-year-old also scored twice when Galaxy beat AmaZulu 3-2 in the semi-final. 

That was the lead Galaxy had going into the interval. Coach Sead Ramovic brought in the heavy hitter – Samir Nurkovic replaced Marks Munyai as Tim Sukazi’s club was going for it.  

The former Kaizer Chiefs big striker soon curled one over. 

Stellies’ front three of Devin Titus, Anicet Oura, and Rayners who has led the club to nine unbeaten matches coming here, got little service up top. 

Barker threw in Antonio van Wyk, Andre de Jong, and Nhlanhla Mgaga – taking off Nduli, Jayden Adams, and Oura in search of the equalizer and refreshing the team.  

Ramovic reacted again by bringing captain Mlungisi Mbunjana and taking off Vidal, tightening up the screws in the middle.  

But Stellies were rewarded for their effort as Ismael Toure rifled home the equalizer in the 74th minute after Titus’ shot was half cleared, much to coach Barker punching in the air in excitement.  

Sphiwe Mahlangu should have taken the lead for Galaxy, getting the better of Toure, and leaving him on the floor. Instead of rolling the ball to someone, he blasted it straight to Sage Stephens, who produced a big save.   

Galaxy was also presented with a good chance, with Lindokuhle Mbatha coming close to opening scoring later in the match. The game went to extra time but still, they were equal to each other.  

Basadien, who appeared to have some unkind words to Mojela, was sent off towards the end of the second half of the extra time before the game went to penalties. 

But his red card did not cost his team as Toure, Thabo Moloisane, Mervin Boji, Andre de Jong, and Darrel Matsheke scored to see Barker finally rewarded for his effort, as he is the longest coach in the PSL not to have change the club.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' former KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN. Robin-Duke has left iDiski Times.