MATCH CENTRE

SAT 28 APRIL 2018, 15:00, ATHLONE STADIUM

1
VS
0

Cape Town City end Pirates’ title challenge

by Graeme Jackson

Sat April 28, 17:14

Cape Town City have ended Orlando Pirates’ Absa Premiership title hopes after defeating the Soweto side 1-0 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

With Mamelodi Sundowns having beaten Ajax Cape Town in a concurrent match to mathematically seal the title, the Buccaneers’ result against the Citizens was irrelevant, but the Soweto giants will still be disappointed at a first league loss in almost three months.

The teams traded half chances through the first 30 minutes of the match, though neither really tested out goalkeepers Sage Stephens and Siyabonga Mpontshane. The most notable incident was a Pirates appeal for a penalty in the 28th minute after Taariq Fielies appeared to use his upper arm to direct the ball away from Justin Shonga.

City then claimed the lead almost out of nowhere, as a chipped ball forward was beautifully chested by Lyle Lakay into the path of Ayanda Patosi, who fired a shot from just outside the box into the bottom corner of the net, 1-0.

The Buccaneers had the ball in the back of the net through a fine finish from Thabo Qalinge in injury time at the end of the first half, but the attacker was correctly flagged for offside and the goal was scratched off.

Qalinge was inches away from bringing the visitors level midway through the second half, as he cracked a fearsome volley from a dropping ball just inside the box but was disappointed to see the effort rebound off the woodwork.

As the match wore on and Pirates began throwing more numbers forward, it was City who looked the likelier scorers with their pace on the counter attack, though Benni McCarthy’s men too often lacked the necessary composure in the final third to kill off their opponents.

Qalinge had yet another scoring chance when he was put in on goal in the 83rd minute, but he was unable to beat Stephens one-on-one, leaving Pirates to suffer a first league defeat since they were beaten in the ‘Mother City’ by Ajax Cape Town back in January.

Cape Town City (1) 1 (Patosi 35’)

Orlando Pirates 0


City: Stephens, Mkhize, Johannes, Fielies, Edmilson, Matsi, Nodada, Patosi (Martin 61’), Ralani (Mngonyama 74’), Lakay, Juma (Akosah-Bempah 80’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Nyauza, Jele, Thopola (Morrison 83’), Maela, Mlambo (Makola 60’), Nyatama, Mobara (Gabuza 72’), Qalinge, Memela, Shonga

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ATHLONE STADIUM
CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
10. Ayanda Patosi (35')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1
CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
40
Defender
5
Defender
72'
45
Defender
26'
16
Defender
83'
41
Defender
49'
12
Defender
4
Defender
2
Defender
23
Midfielder
35'
61'
10
34
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
73'
14
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
15
Forward/Striker
74'
21
Midfielder
60'
19
Forward/Striker
80'
34
Forward/Striker
27
SUBSTITUTIONS
Craig Martin
Defender
61'
30
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
60'
5
Kwanda Mngonyama
Defender
74'
3
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
72'
31
Nana Akosah-Bempah
Forward/Striker
80'
14
Bernard Morrison
Forward/Striker
83'
12
CARDS
Robyn Johannes
Defender
26'
16
Musa Nyatama
Midfielder
73'
14
Taariq Fielies
Defender
49'
12
Craig Martin
Defender
66'
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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