PSL champions Sundowns suffer heavy home defeat to Stellenbosch

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Central midfielder Jayden Adams (L) of  Stellenbosch FC celebrates his goal with Deano van Rooyen and Ashley du Preez. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Central midfielder Jayden Adams (L) of Stellenbosch FC celebrates his goal with Deano van Rooyen and Ashley du Preez. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Stellenbosch FC thumped Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 in a DStv Premiership clash at the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon.

The Stellies goals were scored from a brace by Ashley du Preez and a goal from Jayden Adams.

Sundowns have already been crowned league champions, while Stellenbosch are in fifth place on 44 points with one match remaining in the season.

In the sixth minute, Stellenbosch grabbed the lead when Du Preez received a pass to score with a left-footed shot after receiving the ball from Mogamad De Goede, in front of goal, to make it 1-0.

After falling behind early, Sundowns dominated in the ball possession stakes and had a number of goal attempts but failed to put the ball in the Stellenbosch net.

Sundowns' chances fell to the likes of Peter Shalulile, Grant Kekana, Neo Maema and Sphelele Mkhulise, who all missed the target or had their efforts saved by Stellies goalkeeper Sage Stephens.

In the 42nd minute, against the run of play, Stellies scored again when a shot by Adams from outside the box beat 'keeper Ricardo Goss, who was caught off his line, after receiving a pass from Dean van Rooyen to make it 2-0 in favour of the visitors.

The teams went in at the half-time break with Stellenbosch leading 2-0 after basically scoring two goals from two shots during the opening 45 minutes.

Stellenbosch scored again in the 57th minute, when Du Preez slotted the ball in to the Sundowns goal following a breakaway against the run of play to make it 3-0.

The hosts tried hard to crack the Stellies defence but the likes of Shalulile, Amethyst Ralani, Kekana, Mokoena, Khuliso Mudau, Lyle Lakay, Gaston Sirino and Pavol Safranko all missed their goal attempts or had shots blocked during the second half.

In the end Stellenbosch won the match despite Sundowns seeing a lot more of the ball possession.

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