Absa Premiership

Cape Town City get better of Stellenbosch FC

2019-08-10 21:03
Benni McCarthy
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City got their first victory of the Absa Premiership season as they edged Stellenbosch FC 1-0 at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

The Citizens got off to the perfect start in the Cape derby as Chris David gave them the lead as early as the sixth minute after neat build-up play that involved Kermit Erasmus and Bradley Ralani.

City started the game the better of the two sides as they tried to stamp their authority on the newly promoted team with the men in blue playing at a high tempo.

The designated home team should have doubled their advantage midway through the first half when Erasmus was put through in front of goal but he was denied by Stellenbosch goalkeeper Boy de Jong while Ralani skied the follow-up over the bar.

Midfielder Zukile Kewuti was the next City player to have crack on goal but his effort went over just over the top.

Stellenbosch struggled to get into the contest but forward Iqraam Rayners was a constant threat to the City defence with his power and pace.

The team from the Cape Winelands probably received some harsh words from their coach Steve Barker at the halftime interval and they came out with more intent after the interval.

They gradually started seeing more of the ball and knew the longer the scoreline stayed the same they were still very much in the contest.

Then, in the last 10 minutes, Stellenbosch had two glorious chances to get the equaliser as they first had shot cleared off the line after a scramble in the Cape Town City penalty area.

Substitute Waseem Isaacs should have levelled in the dying minutes but his effort from curling effort from inside the box agonisingly hit the post and went wide with City holding on for a hard-fought three points.

 

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Fixtures
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Highlands Park v AmaZulu, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs, Newlands Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:03
Wits v Stellenbosch, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v Black Leopards, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Golden Arrows v AmaZulu, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Polokwane City, FNB Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Cape Town City, Mbombela Stadium 20:15
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