Stellenbosch and Orlando Pirates met each other once again on Saturday for the second round of their budding rivalry. Stellies and Bucs had their first encounter in the Telkom Knockout a week ago. It ended with Buccaneers taking the victory 1-0 with late Thembinkosi Lorch’s goal.
Now, during their second meet, the Stellenbosch took the lead. They squared off a second time at the Cape Town where Stellies saw the opportunity to build on their maiden Premier Soccer League victory. Last time they took to the field, the top-flight newcomers escaped the relegation zone in a league clash while beating Polokwane City 2-0.
Their loss to Pirates in the first encounter didn’t let them down. Coach Steve Barker firmly believed into their second chance on Saturday and finally, they did it. “It is going to be a big occasion for all of the players who are taking on one of the glamour clubs of South African football in a big stadium. There is no doubt they are set to be dominated by Pirates supporters, who will want to repeat the result.”
“We are now reverting to the league. Over the last few games, our form has been good and the belief is there that we can overturn the result and bag all of the three points. I’d like us to hold on and be patient with our build-ups. Then, we will play with more thrust in their final third where they’ve been shaky defensively. It can be seen by the number of goals conceded.” – Barker said.
Stellenbosch in their second victory
As the game began, Wayne Sandilands kept Bucs in the game with his triple save. Linda Mntambo did his best to level but his shot was only inches wide. Pirates had the advantage of possession but slowed down during half time. Rhulani Mokwena had a lot of space for improvement. Stellebnosch gave them a scare while Kabelo Dlamini and Gabadibho Mhango come on for Augustine Mulenga and Fortune Makaringe.
Stellies kept their lead while Lorch tried to shoot from range. Stellenbosch kept blocking shots and Lorch kept protesting for a corner kick after his shot went over the bar. This was only the second victory for Stellies while for Orlando Pirates, it raised many questions. With Betway branches in South Africa you can get a chance to win big. Soccer 10 tips and predictions will help you to win your bets.