Devin Titus on target as Stellenbosch FC too good for Cape Town City again

Devin Titus (right) grabbed the winner for Stellenbosch FC against Cape Town City on Tuesday night. Photo: BackpagePix

Devin Titus (right) grabbed the winner for Stellenbosch FC against Cape Town City on Tuesday night. Photo: BackpagePix

Published Mar 5, 2024


Stellenbosch FC remain the kings of Western Cape football after claiming the DStv Premiership double with a 1-0 win over neighbours Cape Town City at the DHL Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Devin Titus’ solitary goal not only earned Stellies bragging rights in the derby, which now stretches back seven matches all the way to 2020, but also saw the Winelands club leapfrog City into second place on the table – due to having scored two more goals this season (22 to 20), with both teams on 31 points.

City, meanwhile, drop down to third after dropping all three points to Stellies at home.

Titus’ winner came just after the half-hour mark after he was played through on goal, and unlike some of City’s frantic finishing on the night, the South Africa Under-23 international calmly slotted the ball into the net past Darren Keet.

The goal came virtually against the run of play, with City initially the better team during the opening stages, enjoying more possession and creating more scoring opportunities, with youngster Taahir Goedeman enjoying a lively start to the game.

Goedeman linked up well with Jaedin Rhodes and captain Thamsanqa Mkhize down the right.

It was one of these moves that created the first clear-cut chance for City’s in-form striker Khanyisa Mayo, but the blond-haired forward could not direct his header from point-blank range on target.

Overall, Mayo had a disappointing derby night as he missed a gilt-edged chance to draw City level early on in the second half.

In fact, it was a double miss after Mayo was played clear on goal with a lofted pass over the Stellenbosch back four.

Mayo's pace had him one-on-one with Stellies keeper Oscar Masuluke, only for the striker to rush his first-time effort.

Masuluke was quick to react as he dived strongly to his right to deny Mayo, before standing up again to block the rebound as City coach Eric Tinkler was left exasperated at the missed opportunity.

In a clear indication of City’s form slipping away from them as the game progressed was Goedeman’s lack of penetration in the second half.

In fact, Goedeman was guilty of snoozing on the ball, and had possession turned over just outside the City box that almost allowed Stellenbosch in for a second goal.

Tinkler was visibly upset by the young midfielder’s mistake and immediately hauled him off the pitch.

On the other side of the field, Tinkler’s opposite number Steve Barker was calmly pulling the strings and making strategic changes as he revelled in yet another derby win over their cross-town rivals.

* In the two other Premiership matches on Tuesday night, Kaizer Chiefs (Wandile Duba, 11’) beat Golden Arrows 1-0, while AmaZulu (Riaan Hanamub, 73’) and Moroka Swallows (Augustine Mahlonoko 90+2’) drew 1-1.