PSL

CT City start 2017 with a bang

2017-02-07 21:58
Lebogang Manyama (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City remain top of the league standings, behind Wits only on goal difference, after easing to a 3-0 win over struggling Highlands Park at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night.

Home coach Eric Tinkler gave debuts to two new signings - former Orlando Pirates striker Letsie Koapeng and Mozambique international defender Dove Edmilson while Franklyn Cale started for the visitors against his former team.

The Cape side were off to the perfect start when captain fantastic Lebogang Manyama received a cut-back from Aubrey Ngoma and beautifully curled the ball into the top corner from just inside the box to give his side a fifth minute lead.

City remained in command and there was a chance for Roland Putsche before they extended their advantage when debutant Koapeng showed good composure in front of goal with a neat finish in the 33rd minute, picking out the bottom corner from 12-yards out after the ball had deflected into his path.

It was almost 3-0 just a couple of minutes later, but after some good interplay between Manyama and Koapeng, Denis Masina's header hit the woodwork.

Highlands Park could have pulled a goal back before the break, but Charlton Mashumba fired wide with his 42nd minute effort.

There was an opportunity for the home side 10 minutes after the break, but Putsche fired wide of the mark.

Second half play however remained tight with few clear-cut chances until Judas Moseamedi went through on goal in the 75th minute, but sent his shot straight at Tapuwa Kapini.

There was another late opportunity for the ever-influential Manyama, but he directed a header at the visiting keeper. But there was no denying the Cape side a third goal as Moseamedi tapped in from close range in the 89th minute to seal a solid victory.

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