DStv Premiership match report Stellenbosch v Richards Bay FC 03 September 2022


Richards Bay ended their two-game losing run after defeating Stellenbosch 2-1 in the DStv Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

Stellies gave striker Sinethemba Mngomezulu his first start alongside Junior Mendieta up top while Bay recalled Nkanyiso Zungu, as Somila Ntsundwana and Luvuyo Memela led the front line.

The game got off to a bright start, with the home side pressing the Natal Rich Boyz high and they nearly profited from that situation but Nhlanhla Mgaga fired his shot just wide after an offload from Mngomezulu.

However, Pitso Dlala and Vasili Manousakis' charges broke the deadlock on the half-hour from a counter-attack after Sanele Barns converted a cross by Ntsundwana at the back post.

Steve Barker's charges replied nine minutes before the half-time break after Devin Titus fired home a close-range strike from a headed pass by Sihle Nduli following a set-piece situation.

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Neither side could create clear chances early in the second stanza and Barker showed his intentions to attack with from his substitutions, as Jayden Adams replaced Nduli.

Bay were conservative with their changes a couple of minutes later as midfielder Ndiviwe Mdabuka replaced Memela.

However, the visitors regained their lead with 15 minutes remaining after Ntsikelelo Nyauza guided headed home a cross by Barns from a corner situation.

Stellies put up a fight in the dying minutes and Fawaaz Basadien almost snatched the equaliser in stoppages with a strike in the box that missed narrowly wide after he was teed up by Antonio Van Wyk.

The Natal Rich Boyz held on in the end to clinch their third win of the season while the Cape Winelands outfit suffered their second defeat.

Confirmed line-ups:

Stellenbosch: Stephens, De Goede, Basadien, Van Rooyen, Mthethwa, Nduli, Andries, Mngomezulu, Mgaga, Mendieta, Titus.

Subs: Langeveldt, Sibiya, Boji, Jabaar, Letsoenyo, Sobiech, Adams, Van Wyk, Likuta.

Richards Bay: Magoola, Maphathe, Mabua, Mcineka, Nyauza, Mabasao, Barns, Zungu, Ntsundwana, Memela, Msani

Subs: Jacobs, Mthethwa, Majadibou, Mthembu, Mdabuka, Makateng, Mbuthma, Mhlongo, Mathebula