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Stellies Beat Chiefs To Go Level With Downs

Stellenbosch FC beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in their DStv Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

An ambitious long range effort from Junior Mendieta in the first minute didn’t trouble Daniel Akpeyi, as Steve Barker’s team, who were unbeaten going into the match, looked to maintain that record.

There was a good goalscoring chance for Chiefs in the 7th minute, as Sage Stephens could only parry a free kick delivered into the box, but Daniel Cardoso’s shot on the follow-up hit the side-netting. Moments later Stephens was back in the action as he saved Bernard Parker’s shot from the left.

The speedy Ashley Du Preez was causing problems for the Chiefs’ defence, and had a shot on target in the 17th minute, but it lacked power and Akpeyi got down to make a simple save.

Mendieta went close in the 31st minute, but Akpeyi was up to the task and made a good one handed save to deny the Argentinian. Khama Billiat was off target at the other end two minutes later.

Du Preez opened the scoring in the 38th minute, with a sublime shot from outside the area, and it flew into the top right corner.

Stanley Dimgba forced a save from Akpeyi in the 40th minute, while Keagan Dolly’s free kick effort was high and wide two minutes later.

At the break, Du Preez’s goal was the difference.

Nathan Sinkala had the first chance of the second half but his header following a corner was an easy pick-up for Akpeyi.

Cole Alexander had a great opportunity to equalize for Chiefs in the 52nd minute but his shot from inside the box was saved by Stephens.

Du Preez almost completed his brace but only hit the post following a quick counter in the 60th minute.

Baxter tried to freshen up the legs and bring new attacking impetus via Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Kgaogelo Sekgota in the 72nd and 84th minute but it was Parker who had the most promising chance. His shot in the 84th minute, though sailed past the post.

Just a minute later, Khama Billiat put a powerful shot above the bar.

The win saw Stellenbosch go level on points with leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, but the defending champions have two games in hand, while Chiefs remained seven points behind in sixth position.

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