CAPE TOWN – Stellenbosch FC repelled everything a desperate Orlando Pirates threw at them to earn a 1-0 league win in a pulsating match at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The defeat leaves the Sea Robbers without a victory in their last three league outings, and 10 points adrift of log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, who play second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.
The only goal was scored by Iqraam Rayners in the 21st minute as last season's National First Division champions secured a second successive win to move to 10 points on the table.
The 90 minutes were frustrating from the Buccaneers' perspective as they had plenty of ball and numerous opportunities, but failed to find a way to prise open the home defence.
There was a chance for the Soweto side in the 15th minute when after an intricate build-up, the ball was released to Tshegofatso Mabasa, but the end product was missing as he dragged his shot just past the far post.