Stellenbosch held at home by Swallows

Swallows FC marked their return to the top-flight of South African football with a 1-1 draw away to Stellenbosch FC in a DStv Premiership clash at the newly revamped Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Last season's GladAfrica Championship winners opened their goal-scoring account after 16 minutes. New signing Ruzaigh Gamildien converted from the spot after Lee Langeveldt was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the area.

Stellenbosch were awarded a penalty of their own soon after, following a coming together between Leletu Skelem and Virgil Vries. Robyn Johannes stepped up to the spot and drew the hosts level with 27 minutes on the clock.

Both teams introduced fresh legs around the hour mark and Nathan Sinkala almost had the desired impact off the bench, but he failed to hit the target with his header attempt from close range in the 66th minute.

Ryan Moon then burst through on goal in the closing stages of regulation time but with only Vries to beat he fired his left-footed shot wide of goal.

Swallows ended the game on the front foot and Langeveldt was called into action late on as both teams ultimately settled for a point apiece.

Both teams will be in action on Wednesday evening with Swallows to host Bloemfontein Celtic at Dobsonville Stadium while Stellenbosch travel to Soweto to take on Orlando Pirates.

Stellenbosch FC (1) 1 (Johannes 27' pen.)

Swallows FC (1) 1 (Gamildien 16' pen.)


Stellenbosch FC: Langeveldt; Johannes, Mthethwa, Robertson, Macheke, Van Heerden, Scott (Sinkala 53'), Msengi, Isaacs (Moon 53'), Adams (Mbekile 75'), Skelem (Avontuur 75').

Swallows FC: Vries; Ritchie, Ngcobo, Sibiya, Mere, Mthethwa, Matlaba, Mokoena (Seabi 90+4'), Mbokoma (Mosadi 59'), Gamildien (Makhanya 59'), Malinga (Thibedi 59').