Pirates Up To 2nd, Stellies Win Derby
Orlando Pirates moved up to second, while Stellenbosch won the Cape derby on Saturday in the DStv Premiership. Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg drew in the other match on the day.
Cape Town City 1-2 Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch beat Cape Town City 2-1 at the Cape Town Stadium in the Cape derby on Saturday afternoon.
It was a typically hard fought derby between the two Cape sides, and that was evident as there were both Robyn Johannes and Mdu Mdantsane were booked in the opening ten minutes.
Stellenbosch took the lead in the 14th minute as Rafiq De Goede beat Peter Leeuwenburgh as De Goede’s first time shot deflected off Stanley Dimgba from a corner.
Leeuwenburgh made a good save to deny Ashley Du Preez in the 22nd minute, as the visitors came close to doubling their lead.
Moments later City were level though, Aubrey Ngoma with a super finish, his first goal for City since returning to the club (though his 17th in total), a great volley, with an assist from Surprise Ralani.
An entertaining first half ended 1-1.
Aubrey Ngoma was close to adding his second two minutes into the second half, but his attempt from an acute angle was cleared off the line by Marc Van Heerden.
Two minutes later it was a goal on the other end. Du Preez with a quality finish into the top right corner, giving Leeuwenburgh no chance. Assist by Deano Van Rooyen.
Sage Stephens denied Taariq Fielies from long range in the 83rd minute as Stellenbosch held onto their lead for their first win since early in January.
Bloemfontein Celtic 1-1 Maritzburg United
Celtic and Maritzburg couldn’t be separated as they drew 1-1 at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Saturday evening.
Thabiso Kutumela put the visitors into the lead just before halftime, as his curling effort from a free kick went into the top left corner.
Celtic were level in the 72nd minute, Menzi Ndwandwe scoring the equalising goal.
Clayton Daniels was sent off in stoppage time as Maritzburg ended the game with ten men.
Chippa United 0-3 Orlando Pirates
Pirates beat Chippa 3-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday evening to move second on the table.
A goalmouth scramble in the 21st minute saw chances fall to Vincent Pule and Paseka Mako but Chippa’s defence was able to block the threat.
Pirates were in the lead in the 39th minute after Deon Hotto took advantage of a mistake from Ayanda Mtshali, who came out of his box and missed his clearance completely. Hotto made no mistake, and scored into the open net.
Fortune Makaringe’s deflected effort off Riaan Hanamub in the 44th minute made it 2-0 to the Bucs just before half-time.
Richard Ofori made a good save in the 66th minute to deny Peter Maloisane’s flicked effort.
Ben Motshwari wrapped up the result in the 89th minute, scoring past Mtshali, to cap a good performance off with a goal.
While Pirates have moved up to second, one point behind Mamelodi Sundowns, they have now played four more games than the log leaders.