Cape Town - Cape Town City climbed back to the top of the Absa Premiership standings
following a 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium on Friday
Lebogang Manyama proved to be the difference between the two sides in
what was a pulsating fixture in the Mother City. Victory secured a
league double for Eric Tinkler's men over the current African and South
African champions .
The Citizens expressed their intent as early as the first minute with
Lehlohonolo Majoro squandering a gilt-edged chance.
Having beaten Wayne
Sandilands to the ball, the former Orlando Pirates forward saw his header attempt fly wide of goal.
City were applying all the early pressure with Robyn Johannes
squandering another chance for the hosts on 12 minutes. Manyama picked
out the burly defender from a corner-kick, but despite having lost his
marker, he could only manage to direct his attempt wide of goal.
Roland Putsche then saw his powerful effort fly straight at Sandilands
six minutes later before the Brazilians finally got into the act.
Tebogo Langerman picked out Percy Tau with the pin-point cross, but the
latter saw his header attempt rattle the side-netting on 24 minutes.
Both teams continued to push forward in attack in what was an open
encounter. City though had the final say of the first half; Thamsanqa
Mkhize picking out Majoro who was unable to convert with the goal at his
mercy on the cusp of half-time.
The non-stop action continued following the break and after Sibusiso
Vilakazi failed to convert from close range, following a long-busting run
down the left flank by Tebogo Langerman - City hit the front.
Manyama pounced to score his 11th goal of the season: subsequently
joining Tendai Ndoro atop the goal-scoring charts. The City captain
delivered a cool finish past Sandilands after being put through on goal
The Brazilians almost hit back straight away. Walters was at fault as he
dropped a cross in the area, but lucky for the goal-minder Johannes
came to the rescue to clear Anthony Laffor's attempt from crossing the
City continued to look very dangerous on the counter-attack as Sundowns surged forward in search of the equaliser.
Leonardo Castro's header flashed inches wide before Percy Tau saw his
cross-cum-shot bounce onto the roof of the net from an acute angle.
City, though, had their chances to double their advantage, but in the
end it mattered little as the home side go marching on following
another memorable win.