Absa Premiership

SuperSport, Stellenbosch share spoils in Pretoria

2019-11-30 22:28
Kaitano Tembo
Kaitano Tembo (Supplied)

Cape Town - SuperSport United stretched their unbeaten run in the ABSA Premiership to four games after playing to a 1-1 draw with Stellenbosch in Pretoria on Saturday night.

After a goalless first period, Matsatsantsa drew first blood through Kudakwashe Mahachi at the start of the second half, only for Waseem Isaacs to secure a point for Stellies following a 60th-minute equaliser.

Stellenbosch created the first real chance of note in the seventh minute and really should have opened the scoring when Ryan Moon broke through on goal with only the keeper to beat. Moon dallied far too long on the ball, though, allowing the SuperSport defence to recover and snuff out the danger.

SuperSport earned a free-kick just outside the area two minutes later, but the chance came to nothing as Dutch keeper Boy De Jong tipped Teboho Mokoena's shot over the crossbar.

However, SuperSport's best chance of half came in the 21st minute, when Mahachi latched onto a through pass from Mbule before smashing a left-footed shot against the post.

The hosts continued to create chances as the half wore on, but later efforts from Aubrey Modiba, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Mahachi failed to hit the target.

They weren't to be dined after the half-time break, though, as Mahachi made amends for his earlier miss just two minutes in, latching onto a poor Stellenbosch defensive clearance before lashing a powerful effort into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box.

Stellenbosch redoubled their efforts after falling behind and went close to levelling matters in the 51st minute when Isaacs fired narrowly wide after losing his marker on the turn.

And they finally got the breakthrough they were looking for on the hour mark, Isaacs racing onto Nkanyiso Zungu's well weighted pass before firing past Ronwen Williams in the SuperSport goal.

Stellenbosch substitute Leletu Skelem went close in the 73rd minute as he fired over from range, while at the opposite end of the pitch, SuperSport sub Oswin Appollis struck the post before shooting wide on the follow-up.

SuperSport continued to press forward in search of a winner in the closing stages of the contest, with Stellenbosch content to sit back and soak up the pressure.

And, with SuperSport unable to fashion another breakthrough, the scoreline would remain unchanged as the hosts were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

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