Horror misses leave Western Cape side in relegation mess

Stellies let abject Pirates off the hook

Neville Khoza Journalist
Ally Msengi of Stellenbosch FC and Fortune Makaringe of Orlando Pirates challenge for possession during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Stellenbosch FC and Orlando Pirates at Danie Craven Stadium on 11 May 2021.
Ally Msengi of Stellenbosch FC and Fortune Makaringe of Orlando Pirates challenge for possession during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Stellenbosch FC and Orlando Pirates at Danie Craven Stadium on 11 May 2021.
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Orlando Pirates' hopes of finishing in the DStv Premiership top three took a blow following a goalless draw with Stellenbosch at Danie Craven Stadium yesterday.

A win for Pirates would have seen them move to third ahead of Golden Arrows.

Stellies will feel hard done by the results as they were a better side throughout the match and would have won the game had they converted some of their chances.

They remained in the relegation zone, and it could get worse for them should fellow strugglers Maritzburg United and Chippa United win their respective matches today.

Stellenbosch have not won in nine matches as their frustrations continue. But yesterday, they should blame themselves for horror misses, with Ashley Du Preez the main culprit.

For Pirates though, winning successive matches has been a struggle this season and a lot was expected following their 3-0 victory in their last game against Black Leopards.

But they failed to replicate that and will need to show some improvement in the upcoming match against Raja Casablanca in the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal first leg at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

Stellies coach Steve Barker was left disappointed again with the results as he admits his side should have walked away with all three points.

“It seems a little bit like I’m repeating myself week in and week out. It has just been unfortunate the season that we are having, the commitment of the players is superb and the effort is superb,” Barker told the club media department after the game.

“We are trying our best to win football matches and it is not through a lack of commitment. It just doesn’t want to go on the net for us.

“We created far bigger chances in the game. It shows their keeper Wayne Sandilands was man-of-the-match. We have to keep on fighting. At the end of the day, it is a good point. It should have been three. We have to continue in what we are doing and the players will reap the rewards."

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