MATCH CENTRE

TUE 19 SEPTEMBER 2017, 19:30, FNB STADIUM

1
VS
0

Benni's City lose their second league encounter

by Graeme Jackson

Tue September 19, 21:43

Cape Town City lost their second match of their Absa Premiership campaign after a 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night at FNB Stadium.

City's second defeat to another Soweto giant leaves them at number six on the log table with six points from four matches so far.

For the hosts, Thabo Qalinge netted the only goal of the contest as they claimed their third win in the league.

The opening 10 minutes saw the hosts making brilliant moves which resulted in Bernard Morrison passing the ball to Thembinkosi Lorch, who made a fine run behind the defence, but City's goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters came out to make a good save for a corner.

Resulting from a corner, Musa Nyatama received a pass from Qalinge and the former failed to lower his shot with only Walters to beat.

In the 13th minute, Lyle Lakay drilled a wonderful set piece in search of the left corner, but keeper Wayne Sandilands was equal to the task to concede a corner kick.

Just after the 30th minute, coach Benni McCarthy's men scored through Lehlohonolo Majoro after Sandilands mishandled the ball, but the referee disallowed the goal.

Despite both sides pulling all the stops to break the deadlock, there were no clear cut chances in the dying stages of the opening half as the score remained at 0-0.

However coming from the tunnel, the Buccaneers continued to probe for an opening goal and made an entry in City's final third in the 68th minute, but Qalinge's attempt from the box sailed inches wide from Walters' left corner.

A few minutes later, Qalinge was penalised for an off-the-ball incident on the edge of the area and Lakay's curling set piece was punched away by Sandilands for the second time.

It took the hosts 82 minutes to break the deadlock when a good move against the run of play was finished by Qalinge with a easy tap-in from the near post as Walters was found in no-man's land after a brilliant cross from Lyle Foster.

City pulled all their tricks to secure a point away, but the hosts’ defence was solid to ensure they retain the full three points at home.

The win for Pirates means they now move up to the top of the log standings with 11 points from five rounds of matches.

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Qalinge 82')
Cape Town City 0

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands, Jele, Nyauza, Maela, Dube, Matlaba, Nyatama, Qalinge, Makola (Kutumela 59'), Lorch (Memela 75'), Morrison (Foster 51')

Cape Town City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Matsi, Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Patosi (Edmilson 71'), Majoro (Obina 70')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS
15. Thabo Qalinge (82')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
90'
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
4
Defender
16
Defender
23
Defender
12
Defender
3
Defender
2
34
Midfielder
71'
10
Defender
8
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
59'
5
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
60'
14
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
82'
15
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
75'
29
Midfielder
26
Forward/Striker
51'
12
Forward/Striker
70'
45
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lyle Foster
Midfielder
51'
0
Victor Obinna
Forward/Striker
70'
17
Thabiso Kutumela
Forward/Striker
59'
24
Edmilson Dove
Defender
71'
5
Luvoyo Memela
Midfielder
75'
11
CARDS
Musa Nyatama
Midfielder
60'
14
Wayne Sandilands
Goalkeeper
90'
30
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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