Johannesburg - A brace by Lebogang Manyama helped earn Cape Town City a 3-2 league win over Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg on Friday night.
The home side enjoyed the better of the first half, with more
possession and more chances on goal, but had to come back from conceding
early to ensure a 1-1 score at half time. The second half again saw the
hosts with the better chances, only to end on the losing side.
The result leaves the Cape side with a four-point lead at the top of the standings with the weekend's action still to come.
City took an early lead, Roland Putsche connecting cleanly with a
volley 14-yards out after Aubrey Ngoma's inviting cross from the left.
But the home side were to play themselves back into the game, putting
increasing pressure on the Eric Tinkler's City team as chances came in
from Eleazar Rodgers and Siboniso Gaxa.
They were subsequently rewarded with an equaliser, courtesy of
Bongani Khumalo's powerful header from a corner kick on the half hour
There was an opportunity for Wits go in front, but after getting up high in the box, Mogakolodi Ngele's header went wide.
The Clever Boys started the second half with a lot of purpose, but
Elias Pelembe failed to get contact on Ngele’s cross, the latter then
having his shot touched onto the bar by Walters.
It was against the run of play when the Cape side went in front on 56
minutes, Lebogang Manyama running onto a long ball and then taking
advantage of Wits 'keeper Darren Keet's failure to make contact with an
However, their lead lasted only two minutes, the scores level again
when Rodgers slotted in from the penalty spot after a clumsy challenge
by Walters on Ngele resulted in a penalty.
The Students the piled on the pressure, chances following on a
regular basis for the likes of Gabadinho Mhango, Cuthbert Malajila and
But having again failed to use their opportunities, the Johannesburg
side suffered a last minute sucker punch when the Cape side broke up
field, Manyama arriving at the back-post to head in.