Cape Town - Struggling Cape Town City gave
themselves a much-needed boost with a 2-0 win over title hopefuls
Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Second-half goals from Kermit Erasmus and Craig Martin did the trick
for Olde Riekerink's men, moving them clear of the danger zone and up
into 12th place on the Absa Premiership table.
Wits had a chance to open the scoring as early as the fifth minute
when Terrence Dzvukamanja was played onside courtesy of a smart pass,
but his shot flew across the face of the goal.
Moments later, a stray boot from City's Taariq Fielies caught
Dzvukamanja, and the injury would force Wits coach Gavin Hunt into an
early substitution, with Haashim Domingo coming on to
replace the Zimbabwean.
The Citizens had a good chance to go in front on 13 minutes when
Amethyst Ralani picked out Martin with a stunning cross, but the
midfielder could not find the target with his header despite timing his
run to perfection.
City were enjoying more possession but were finding Wits' defence a
tough nut to crack, while the Students also lacked penetration in what
was turning out to be a slow-paced game short on excitement.
After an uneventful first-half, the opening 15 minutes of the second
was a similarly quiet affair, but all that changed shortly after the
hour mark when Wits' Thabang Monare brought down Thamsanqa Mkhize in the
The referee pointed to the spot, leading to angry protests from the
Wits players and some pushing and shoving that earned Wits goalkeeper
Ricardo Goss a yellow card, although Sameehg Doutie appeared to be the
Moments later, Goss got his revenge by saving Thabo Nodada's penalty
shot as City were denied a golden opportunity to go in front, though
replays later showed Goss was off his line at the time Nodada made
contact with the ball.
It didn't matter in the end, as a few minutes later a fired up City
side took the lead anyway as a shot from Fielies cannoned off a Wits
player and into the upright before rebounding to Erasmus for a simple
City now had their tails up and looked the most likely team to score
again, and their enterprising play was rewarded two minutes from time
when a beautiful counter-attack saw Ralani play in Martin, who slotted
the ball past Goss to make it 2-0.
There was more late drama when goal scorer Martin picked up a second
yellow card for a rash challenge on Monare in injury time, but it made
little difference to the final result as City held on for the big win.
- TeamTalk Media