MATCH CENTRE

THU 13 APRIL 2017, 19:30, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

2
VS
4

City thrash Platinum to reclaim top spot

by Graeme Jackson

Thu April 13, 20:08

Cape Town City handed Platinum Stars a 4-2 beating at Moruleng Stadium on Thursday evening to return to the top of the Absa Premiership.

Goals from Thabo Nodada, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Judas Moseamedi and Aubrey Ngoma saw the Citizens to a convincing victory in rainy Rustenburg and took them back to the summit of the league table.

After a relatively uneventful first quarter of the match, it came to life in the 27th minute when Stars were awarded a soft penalty - Kobamelo Kodisang appeared to tumble rather easily under a challenge from Thabo Nodada.

Dikwena goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela took on the spot kick but his strike was easily saved by Shu-Aib Walters to keep the game at 0-0.

Just a few minutes later things went from bad to worse for Mzimela, who made a mess of trying to save a long-range shot from Nodada and allowed the ball to find its way over the line to make it 1-0 to City on the half hour mark.

On 43 minutes the Cape side doubled their lead when some diabolical marking from the hosts allowed Lehlohonolo Majoro to easily head home from Bhongolwethu Jayiya’s right-flank cross.

Yet Stars struck back on the stroke of half time, when a knock-down from Robert Ng’ambi at a corner kick allowed Enocent Mkhabela to poke home from close range to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

The hosts had hope of recovering further in the second half, but on 66 minutes they were two goals behind again when fullback Thamsanqa Mkhize provided a fine low pass from the by-line for substitute Judas Moseamedi to score soon after coming off the bench.

On 75 minutes City made it 4-1 with a superb counter attack goal which was finished off by Aubrey Ngoma sliding a low shot through the legs of Mzimela, after Manyama had shown great presence of mind to leave the ball while in an offside position.

Stars pulled on back in injury time through Henrico Botes, but it was nothing more than a consolation for the hosts, who will be in CAF Confederation Cup action this weekend.

Platinum Stars (1) 2 (Mkhabela 45’, Botes 90+3’)
Cape Town City (2) 4 (Nodada 30’, Majoro 43’, Moseamedi 66’, Ngoma 75’)

Stars: Mzimela, Mwedihanga, Nhlapo, De Jongh (Botes 69’), Zuku, Mere, Mkhabela, Kodisang (Mabena 61’), N’gambi, Phiri (Nale 84’), Ntuli

City: Walters, Mkhize, Johannes, Gumede, Seedat, Jayiya, Mokeke, Nodada (Mashikinya 84’), Ngoma, Manyama (Koapeng 81’), Majoro (Moseamedi 63’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS
Enocent Mkhabela (45') 26. Thabo Nodada (30')
9. Henrico Botes (90 + 3') 45. Lehlohonolo Majoro (43')
20. Judas Moseamedi (66')
11. Aubrey Ngoma (75')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
25
Defender
16
Defender
22
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
27
0
Midfielder
75'
11
Midfielder
45'
65'
0
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
84'
0
Midfielder
81'
8
Midfielder
61'
0
Midfielder
30'
84'
26
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
69'
8
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
43'
63'
45
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ndumiso Mabena
Forward/Striker
61'
10
Judas Moseamedi
Forward/Striker
63'
20
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
69'
9
Letsie Koapeng
Forward/Striker
81'
17
Abia Nale
Midfielder
84'
37
Given Mashikinya
Midfielder
84'
17
CARDS
Enocent Mkhabela
Midfielder
65'
0
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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