Rayners denies SuperSport victory

football16 February 2024 20:20| © Backpage TXT

SuperSport United let a lead slip in their 1-1 draw with Stellenbosch FC in Friday night's DStv Premiership match at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.

However, Matsatsantsa climbed up to the second spot on the league standings - eight points behind leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Gavin Hunt's side will now play host to Cape Town City in a Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash on 20 February.

Stellies, on the other hand, remain fourth on the league standings - three points behind SuperSport.

Coach Steve Barker will be keen to ensure that his side returns to winning ways when they host Pretoria Callies in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 on 23 February.

Matsatsantsa launched most of their attacks through the wings from the first whistle with Shandre Campbell looking lively.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when Campbell's sublime cross was headed home by Bradley Grobler who made it 1-0 to SuperSport.

Stellies had to find a way back into the game and they had a chance to level matters in the 41st minute, but Anicet Oura failed to keep his attempt on target after being set up by Jayden Adams.

SuperSport were 1-0 up at the interval thanks to Grobler's seventh league goal of the season.

SuperSport started the second-half brightly and they came close to doubling their lead when Onismor Bhasera hit the woodwork in the 55th minute.

However, former SuperSport forward Iqraam Rayners made it 1-1 in the 56th minute from close range after the hosts had failed to clear away a throw-in.

The visitors then pushed for a winning goal with Devin Titus forcing goalkeeper Washington Arubi into making a decent save in the 76th minute.

Ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate after SuperSport were reduced to 10 players in stoppage time as Keegan Allan was sent off after collecting his second yellow card of the game.

SuperSport (1) 1 (Grobler 21'

Stellenbosch (0) 1 (Rayners 56')

SuperSport: Arubi, Johannes, Bhasera, Baloyi, Allan, Lungu (Matodzi 90'+2), Margeman, Ndlovu, Dzvukamanja (Ighodaro 67), Campbell (Lakay 67'), Grobler.

Stellenbosch: Stephens (Masuluke 73'), Toure, Sibande, Moloisane, Jurgens (Van Rooyen 68'), Nduli (Matsheke 89'), Adams, Oura (Mgaga 89'), De Jong (Van Wyk 68'), Titus, Rayners