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Nov. 9, 2021

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Arrows contain high-riding Stellenbosch

Arrows contain high-riding Stellenbosch

Lamontville Golden Arrows coach, Lehlohonolo Seema

Story highlights

  • Stellenbosch FC remain unbeaten in the league after weekend stalemate
  • Seema charges lost in three matches and drew five times

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LEHLOHONOLO Seema-coached Lamontville Golden Arrows, on Saturday held the high-riding Stellenbosch FC to a goalless standoff at the Danie Graven stadium in the Winelands of Western Cape.

Arrows are placed on tenth position with 11 points, nine points off the pace of their opponents and have so far won only two matches in 10 matches played.

The Lesotho-born coach’s charges lost in three matches and drew five times while Stellenbosch have enjoyed an impressive form in second position on the log with 20 points. 

The weekend stalemate ensured that Western Cape-based Premier Soccer League (PSL) side established in 2016 remains unbeaten after 10 matches of the league season.

The Winelands outfit remains in second place on the log – five points behind leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand.

The Saturday clash saw hosts start strongly and had early chances for Stanley Dimgba and Judas Moseamedi inside the opening 10 minutes, with the former shooting off target and the latter denied by a fine save from goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.

Arrows gradually settled into the game and began to create chances of their own, with Pule Mmodi almost scoring midway through the first half after Stellenbosch failed to clear a corner kick, but goalkeeper Sage Stephens made an outstanding save.

On 37 minutes the Maroons were inches away from claiming the lead, with Nathan Sinkala getting on the end of Ashley Du Preez’s corner-kick delivery, but his powerful header rattled the crossbar.

The first half ended 0-0, though Stellenbosch were the team with all the momentum behind them, having racked up the pressure just before the break. Still, Abafana Bes’thende were able to hold firm.

The start of the second stanza saw a reverse in momentum, with Arrows creating all the attacking play and pinning the hosts back. Yet no goal arrived in this spell of dominance for the visitors, especially after the hosts shuffled their formation with the introduction of Jayden Adams in midfield.

The Durban-side also looked to the bench for inspiration, with Andile Fikizolo and Bongumusa Nkosi introduced midway through the second half.

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Stellenbosch gradually reasserted themselves in the game and began creating some attacking phases of their own, the first of which saw Dean van Rooyen send a dangerous cross flashing through the Arrows penalty area on 73 minutes.

With just under 10 minutes to play, the Maroons thought they had broken the deadlock when substitute Waseem Isaacs sent an effort beyond Gumede, but the goal was ruled out due to a narrow offside call.

The teams will return to DStv Premiership action after the impending international break.

Arrows host Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch welcome AmaZulu to the Cape Winelands, both on Saturday November 20. IOL Sport/Metro

 

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