MATCH CENTRE

SAT 05 JANUARY 2019, 20:15, LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM

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Gift Links hands City last-gasp win

by Staff Reporter

Sat January 05, 22:34

A last-gasp goal from Gift Links saw Cape Town City defeat SuperSport United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

The result sees the Citizens climb to sixth place on the log on 23 points, level with Matsatsantsa (who drop to seventh).

Kick-off of the match was delayed for 20 minutes due to lightning in the area. City fielded both of their new signings from the start: Kermit Erasmus made his debut, while Thato Mokeke began his second spell at the Cape club.

The visitors needed goalkeeper Sage Stephens to make an excellent save in the 17th minute, palming away a goal-bound effort from Aubrey Modiba as SuperSport United nearly capitalised on their stronger start to the match.

City had to wait until the 36th minute for their first sight of goal, with Erasmus doing well to put Gift Links into space on the edge of the penalty area, but the subsequent shot failed to test Ronwen Williams in the United goal.

The teams were locked at 0-0 at half time, and the first goal should have arrived five minutes into the second stanza when a deflected ball fell kindly for Evans Rusike but Stephens made a brave save at point-blank range to keep the scoreline blank.

On 58 minutes it was Williams’ turn to get in on the action, coming off his line to deny Links in the penalty area as City finally got their passing game together.

Matsatsantsa and the Citizens exchanged scoring chances through the remainder of the game, which looked set to end level until the visitors snatched a goal in the penultimate minute of regulation time.

A cross from City’s right deflected up into the air and fell kindly for the unmarked Links, who showed great technique to fire a first-time, left-footed shot which beat Williams at his near post and handed the Cape side three precious away points.

The teams will return to Absa Premiership action next week Saturday (12 January): SuperSport will be away to Black Leopards, while City will host Baroka FC.

SuperSport United 0
Cape Town City (0) 1 (Links 89’)

SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Gould, Khumalo, Bhasera, Webber, Ntshangase, Mokoena (Malinga 70’), Modiba, Rusike (Mahlatsi 75’), Keene

City: Stephens, Mngonyama, Fielies, Edmilson (Mkhize 65’), Seedat, Links, Putsche, Mokeke, Ralani (Martin 54’), Mthembu (Patosi 67’), Erasmus

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LUCAS MORIPE STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS
7. Gift Links (89')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
3
Defender
65'
5
Defender
68'
20
Defender
45
Defender
23
Defender
49'
12
Defender
14
Midfielder
54'
11
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
38
Midfielder
89'
7
Midfielder
49'
0
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
70'
28
Midfielder
21
Forward/Striker
75'
19
Forward/Striker
87'
33
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
67'
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kagiso Malinga
Midfielder
70'
39
Craig Martin
Midfielder
54'
30
Kamohelo Mahlatsi
Forward/Striker
75'
0
Thamsanqa Mkhize
Defender
65'
2
Ayanda Patosi
Midfielder
67'
10
CARDS
Phumlani Ntshangase
Midfielder
49'
0
Taariq Fielies
Defender
49'
12
Grant Kekana
Defender
68'
20
Kermit Erasmus
Forward/Striker
87'
33
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
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