Chippa United stormed back to grab a point in their PSL clash against Stellenbosch FC on Friday 28 August.
Stellenbosch FC vs Chippa United: PSL Match Report
Stellies were the better side out of the gate with a lively Wassem Isaacs seemingly keen to mark his return to the starting line-up with a goal.
In the 16th minute, Isaacs made good on his threatening displays in the first fifteen minutes of the match after a long throw-in caused chaos in the Chilli Boys area.
Watch: Isaacs gives Stellies a 1-0 lead
Stellies kept pressing Chippa, and Veli Mothwa needed to be at his sharpest to deny Isaacs a second on the half-hour mark.
Mothwa denied Ryan Moon moments later, and the Chippa United keeper was responsible for keeping his side in the game at only 1-0 down at the break. Leletu Skelem had a chance to double the hosts’ lead in the 42d minute but couldn’t take his chance.
Chippa could have levelled themselves, but Lee Langeveldt got down to smother Mbenyane’s diving header.
Thokozani Sekotlong was the first to threaten the goal in the second half, but his free-kick could only find the side netting.
Skelem then wasted a golden opportunity to make the game safe for Steve Barker’s Stellies, but the forward fired his shot across the face of goal after beating Mothwa to a floated ball into the box.
With the match heading towards a Stellies victory, Barker’s side tried to park the bus at the death, but in a nervy stoppage time display they couldn’t hang on. A long ball into the box fell to Sekotlong who showed great determination and squeezed his shot between Langeveldt’s legs for a share of the spoils.
Watch: Sekotlong grabs a dramatic late leveller
Chippa United remain 12th on the PSL league standings, while Stellies moved up to the eighth spot on the log.
Next up for Chippa United is a meeting with title-chasing Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday 2 September. Stellies are also in action in midweek facing relegation-threatened Amazulu at 18:00 on Wednesday.
Stellenbosch FC squad
Starting XI: Langeveldt, Mobbie, Van Heerden, De Goede, Robertson, Msengi, Johannes, Scott, Moon, Isaacs, Skelem.
Subs: Pool, Ndlovu, Bergman, Solomons, Adams, Karuru, Mthethwa, Van Rooyen, Moroole.
Chippa United squad
Starting XI: Mothwa, Kwem, Modisane, Masalesa, Mbenyane, Maphanga, Thopola, Nsabiyumva, Komane, Jodwana, Lebitso,
Subs: Mazibuko, Mthethwa, Malepe, Sekotlong, Mahola, Moyo, Lentjies, Gamildien, Damons