Cape Town - Goals from Lebogang Manyama, Roland Putsche, Mpho
Matsi and Aubrey Ngoma saw Cape Town City crush Free State Stars 4-1 at the Athlone
Stadium on Saturday and secure a place in the final of the Telkom
City were the stronger team in the early stages and
they were rewarded within the opening 10 minutes when they were granted a
penalty by the referee - Stars’ Katlego Mashego was guilty of a clumsy foul on
Captain Lebogang Manyama took on the responsibility
of the spot kick and easily beat Thela Ngobeni to make it 1-0 to the hosts in
the 10th minute.
In the next 20 minutes the Citizens had three great
chances to extend their advantage, but Ngobeni produced fantastic saves to deny
Sibusiso Masina (twice) and Ngoma, keeping his side in the game despite their
seeing very little of the ball.
Yet even the goalkeeper’s excellence could hold
City at bay for only so long, with the hosts doubling their lead in the 32nd
minute when Roland Putsche scored with a low shot which went in via the inside
of the post.
City continued to spurn good attacking chances and
they were punished in the 38th minute when Stars pulled a goal back,
with Thokozani Sekotlong scoring a superb strike direct from a free kick to
reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Ngobeni continued his heroics in the second half,
but there was nothing he could do to prevent Mpho Matsi meeting Manyama’s
corner kick and easily steering home a shot to make it 3-1 in the 63rd
In the 80th minute the Citizens made it
4-1 when substitute Judas Moseamedi teed up Ngoma to fire home with the right
foot from a relatively tight angle, effectively ending any hopes Ea Lla Koto
had of coming back into the match.
Things went from bad to worse for Stars when Angelo
Kerspuy was shown a straight red card in injury time for throwing an elbow into
the midriff of Putsche.
Cape Town City will face either Orlando Pirates or
SuperSport United in the 2016 Telkom Knockout final next month.
Cape Town City
Walters, Kobola, Mkhize, Adjei, Mokeke,
Masina (Mashikinya 77’), Matsi, Putsche, Ngoma (Nodada 84’), Majoro, Manyama
Free State Stars
Ngobeni, Mobbie, Mbhele, Nkausu, Thlone,
Mashego (Kerspuy 72’), Vilakazi, Dlamini, Ella (Thethani 63’), Sekotlong,