MATCH CENTRE

SAT 12 AUGUST 2017, 15:00, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

1
VS
0

McCarthy’s City hand him debut victory

by Graeme Jackson

Sat August 12, 17:05

Benni McCarthy’s first official match in charge of Cape Town City ended in victory on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Polokwane City 1-0.

The MTN8 quarterfinal match at the Cape Town Stadium was settled by Sibusiso Mbonani’s own goal in the first half.

The hosts suffered a blow before the match even kicked off, with Teko Modise - who was originally named in their starting XI - ruled out due to an injury sustained in the warm-up. He was replaced by Thabo Nodada.

Cape Town settled into early dominance and created the first clear chance of the game when Lebogang Manyama put Lehlohonolo Majoro in on goal in the 15th minute, but the striker couldn’t get the better of goalkeeper George Chigova.

Just over 10 minutes later the team in blue and yellow were denied an opening goal when Majoro tapped home Lyle Lakay’s low cross from close range but was adjudged offside. Television replays suggested it was a marginal call from the linesman.

The home side’s pressure finally paid off in the 38th minute when a corner kick resulted in Polokwane defender Sibusiso Mbonani looking to cushion a header back into his goalkeeper’s hands, but he only succeeded in putting a looping effort over Chigova to break the deadlock with an unfortunate own goal.

Rise and Shine created a couple of chances for Puleng Tlolane early in the second half, both of which forced Shu-Aib Walters into relatively straightforward saves but gave the hosts notice that their opponents still posed a notable attacking threat.

Yet CT City should have been awarded a penalty just before the midway point of the second half, with Thapelo Tshilo clearly handling Manyama’s goal-bound shot in the process of making a block. The referee waved away the hosts’ appeals.

CTC went on to create an array of further promising attacking situations which they failed to capitalise on, but Rise and Shine were unable to punish the hosts’ profligacy and the match finished 1-0 to see McCarthy claim a victory on his coaching debut.

The Citizens join defending champions Bidvest Wits in tomorrow’s semifinal draw, which will be completed by the winners of the matches between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United.

Cape Town City (1) 1 (Mbonani og 38’)
Polokwane City 0

CTC: Walters, Mkhize, Johannes, Gumede, Dove, Masina (Patosi 66’), Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Manyama (Seedat 90+1’), Majoro (Matsi 83’)

Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, J. Maluleke, Seabi (W. Maluleke 80’), Phiri (Vilakazi 56’), Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Tlolane (Mncwango 78’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
QUARTER FINALS CAPE TOWN STADIUM
CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS POLOKWANE CITY GOALS
22. Sibusiso Mbonani (38') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
39
Defender
38'
42'
22
Defender
16
Defender
2
Defender
29'
2
Defender
4
Defender
27
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
90 + 1'
8
Midfielder
9'
80'
21
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
56'
20
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
84'
24
Midfielder
26
Forward/Striker
83'
45
Forward/Striker
78'
10
Forward/Striker
66'
24
Forward/Striker
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ayanda Patosi
Midfielder
66'
10
Lorence Vilakazi
Midfielder
56'
0
Mpho Matsi
Midfielder
83'
23
Thobani Mncwango
Forward/Striker
78'
27
Ebrahim Seedat
Midfielder
90 + 1'
6
Wiseman Maluleke
Midfielder
80'
0
CARDS
Thamsanqa Mkhize
Defender
29'
2
Sibusiso Mbonani
Defender
42'
22
Simphiwe Hlongwane
Midfielder
84'
24
Maphoko Seabi
Midfielder
9'
21
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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