Absa Premiership

Cape Town City up and running with a win

2016-08-23 21:48
Cape Town City FC (Sport24)

Cape Town - Newly-formed Cape Town City got their league campaign off to a perfect start when they beat Polokwane City 2-0 at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night.

The home team looked comfortable in possession in the opening phases of the game and had a couple of half chances, Lehlohonolo Majoro seeing his header flying into the side-netting after seven minutes before Aubrey Ngoma fired over the bar after finding space at the back post on 14 minutes.

Polokwane's first chance came in the 20th minute, Sibusiso Mbonani going clean through on goal but failing to lift the ball over home keeper Samora Motloung and into goal, his effort flying over the bar.

There was another good chance for Rise and Shine 10 minutes later when Puleng Tloane picked up the ball 25-yards out before curling a powerful drive onto the bar.

But the Cape side were to regain the initiative in the closing moments of the stanza and were rewarded for their efforts in first half added time when Bongolwethu Jayiya picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box, finding the top corner with a rifling left-footed shot.

Polokwane began the second half with far more purpose, the home side having to work hard to keep their goal intact.

Tloane was close to equalising on 63 minutes, but he curled his shot marginally wide of the top right hand corner

At the other end of the park, substitute Judas Moseamedi should have given the Cape men a two-goal cushion, but he headed over the bar from close range after a great cross by Ngoma.

Ngoma, though, was to make no mistake 20 minutes from time when he picked out the bottom corner after being teed up by Lebogang Manyama, who was proving influential off the bench.

That goal served to knock the stuffing out of the Limpopo team - with the exception of a couple of late attacks, Polokwane failed to overly trouble the home defence for the remainder of the game, allowing Tinkler's side a fairly comfortable run in to the final whistle.

 

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