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STELLIES EDGE GALAXY TO SECURE TOP EIGHT SPOT

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 20: Junior Mendieta of Stellenbosch FC celebrate after scoring a goal during the DStv Premiership match between Stellenbosch FC and TS Galaxy at Danie Craven Stadium on May 20, 2023 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Stellenbosch FC beat TS Galaxy 2-1 at the Danie Craven Stadium in a DStv Premiership match on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, Stellies finished the season in the sixth spot on the league standings and they qualified for next season’s MTN8.

Galaxy, on the other hand, failed to qualify for the MTN8 as the Rockets finished 10th on the DStv Premiership standings.

Stellies launched attacks from the first minute and they won several free-kicks in the Rockets’ half as the hosts pushed for the opening goal.

The deadlock was broken in the 16th minute when Devon Titus netted after Fawaaz Basadien’s free-kick was parried away by goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi and Stellenbosch were leading 1-0 at halftime.

The Rockets pushed for the equalising goal after the restart and they got it through Lindokuhle Mbatha who netted in the 48th minute to make it 1-1.

However, parity was only restored for a minute as Junior Mendieta scored after being set up by Basadien to hand Stellenbosch a 2-1 lead much to the delight of the home crowd.

Mendieta’s goal proved to be the winning goal as Galaxy couldn’t beat keeper Lee Langeveldt in the latter stages of the game and ultimately, Stellenbosch won 2-1.

Stellenbosch (1) 2 (Titus 16′, Mendieta 49′)

TS Galaxy (0) 1 (Mbatha 48′)

Stellenbosch: Langeveldt, Makhanya, Van Rooyen, Basadien, Mthethwa, Sibiya, Adams (Nduli 85′), Mendieta (Khunyedi 85′), De Jong (Mgaga 59′), Titus (Sibande 69′), Rayners.

TS Galaxy: Buthelezi, Munyai (Hlongwane 86′), Msimango, Sanoka, Seedat (Nyama 46′), Mbunjana, Parker, Medina (Radebe 46′), Aubaas, Mongae (Phohlongo 86′), Mbatha (M. Mahlangu 79′).

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