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TS Galaxy v Stellenbosch Match Report, 06/12/2020

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PSL wrap: Baroka go third with Chippa United win, Stellenbosch grab late victory away at TS Galaxy
19:46 GMT+4 06/12/2020
Richard Mbulu, Malawi
Bakgaga beat the Chilli Boys for the first time since 2017 in the league and moved to within three points of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns

Sunday's two league games saw Baroka FC shoot up to third on the standings with a 2-1 victory over Chippa United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, while Stellenbosch edged TS Galaxy with a late goal in a 1-0 win at the Mbombela Stadium.

Chippa were the stronger side in the first half, and probably in the first hour; enjoying more of the ball and more of the goal scoring chances.

The Chilli Boys were however indebted to their goalkeeper Mlungisi Mazibuko for making a fantastic save to keep out a first minute header from Kgodiso Monama.

Other than that though, the home side were flat in attack and Chippa deservedly took the lead through defender Sandile Mthethwa, who stole in at the back post to neatly steer Nyiko Mobbie's 41st minute cross into the roof of the net.

After the break, Baroka continued to battle to find much fluency or penetration against the Chilli Boys.

Yet, from a corner kick, they were to restore parity in the 65th minute as Evidence Makgopa powered in a header from an out-swinger by Nhlanhla Mgaga.

The goal restored confidence in the hosts and they went ahead 10 minutes later when Richard Mbulu headed home emphatically, from a Mgaga free kick.

Chippa’s hopes of a comeback suffered a setback when Mduduzi Sibeko was sent off in the 80th minute after collecting a second yellow card.

Meanwhile at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Stellenbosch FC left it late to beat PSL newcomers TS Galaxy.

Stellenbosch had the better of the first half of play but were unable to turn their superiority into goals.

Their best efforts saw Lelethu Skelm bringing out a good save by Wensten van der Linde in the 11th minute, as well as a spectacular long range volley from Ashley Du Preez which struck the woodwork.

Galaxy were also to be denied by the post in the first half as Strydom Wambi's 32nd minute shot from the edge of the box was tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt.

Although Galaxy coach Dan Malesela made three changes at the break, it was Stellenbosch who got on top after the restart, although the likes of Dean van Rooyen, Phathutshedzo Nange and Du Preez were unable to profit from opportunities.

While the match remained tight, Stellenbosch were enjoying slightly the better of the chances and they had the breakthrough in the 83rd minute when Stanley Dimgba scored a brilliant goal, his first for the Cape club. The loss was a first of the season for the Mpumalanga team.