Stellenbosch FC fought back to hold Black Leopards to a 1-1 draw in the DStv Premiership match at the Danie Craven Stadium on Friday evening.

The result saw Stellies and Lidoda Lidoda Duvha move up to the sixth and 15th spots respectively on the league standings.

Stellies saw most of the ball in the opening stages of the match, but it was Lidoda Duvha, who threatened first through Onyedikachi Ononogbu.

The South Africa-born Nigerian forward forced Stellenbosch goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt into a fine low save just a few minutes into the game.

Stellenbosch then suffered a blow as their influential left-back Marc Van Heerden went down injured in the 11th minute and he was replaced by Kristopher Bergman.

Lidoda Duvha then applied some pressure on Stellies and they were awarded a penalty after Ovidy Karuru was fouled in the box by Bergman just before the half-hour mark.

Karuru then stepped up and beat Langeveldt from the spot-kick to make it 1-0 to Leopards as the Zimbabwe international netted his third goal of the season.

The hosts pressed Lidoda Duvha with the half-time break fast approaching and keeper King Ndlovu produced a brilliant diving save at the near-post to deny Nathan Sinkala.

Ndlovu the pulled off a great save to deny Stellenbosch striker Stanley Dimgba to ensure that the first-half ended with Leopards leading 1-0.

Phathutshedzo Nange was introduced by Stellies assistant coach Wesley Sergel prior to the start of the second-half and the former Black Leopards midfielder made an immediate impact.

Nange beat Ndlovu with a decent finish to make it 1-1 six minutes into the second-half and it was his second goal in as many league matches.

Leopards coach Dylan Kerr reacted by introducing Mohammed Anas just after the hour-mark and it was the Ghanaian centre forward’s second game for the Limpopo-based side.

Lidoda Duvha pushed for the winning goal in the closing stages of the match with Anas having joined Karuru and Rodney Ramagalela in the attack.

However, Stellenbosch stood firm at the back in the closing stages of the match and ultimately, the game ended in a 1-1 draw on the night.

Stellenbosch 1
Nange 53′

Leopards 1
Karuru 31′

Stellenbosch: Langeveldt, De Goede, Van Rooyen, Robertson, Mbekile, Van Heerden (Bergman 13′), Scott (Nange 46′), Sinkala, Adams (Msengi 72′), Moon (Avontuur 72′), Dimgba (Titus 80′).

Leopards: K.Ndlovu, Sampson (Makobela 90′), Mashoene, Gyimah, Masia, Mthethwa, Makgetlwa (Kabwe 69′), Karuru, Ramagalela (Thutlwa 90′), Ononogbu (Anas 61′), Hlongwane (Maluleke 69′)

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