MATCH CENTRE

SAT 23 FEBRUARY 2019, 15:30, ATHLONE STADIUM

3
VS
2

Cape Town City edge Maritzburg United

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sat February 23, 17:50

Cape Town City beat Maritzburg United 3-2 in Absa Premiership match at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As a result, the Citizens climbed up to the third spot on the league table, while the Team of Choice remained 16th on the log.

The Citizens got off to a dream start as they broke the deadlock just seven minutes into the match.

Thamsanqa Mkhize scored from Gift Links' corner-kick to make it 1-0 to City much to the delight of the home crowd.

The Team of Choice were then forced to make a change after their captain Brian Mandela Onyango went down injured.

The Kenya international was replaced by fellow defender Nazeer Allie, who partnered with Siyanda Xulu at the heart of the defence.

Maritzburg pushed for the equalizing goal with the half-time break fast approaching.

However, City stood firm at the back and the score was 1-0 to the hosts at the interval.

The hosts continued to press the Team of Choice as they looked to double their lead in the opening stages of the second-half.

However, Maritzburg grew in confidence as the match progressed and they managed to level matters through Mxolisi Kunene.

The diminutive full-back burst into the City box before firing past goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh to make it 1-1 in the 61st minute.

Parity was only restored for nine minutes as the hosts restored their lead through Links, who scored with a low shot to make it 2-1 to City.

It was soon 3-1 to City as Riyaad Norodien put his name on the scoresheet with a low effort with nine minutes left on the clock.

Maritzburg managed to score through Frank Makaringe in the 84th minutes, but the goal proved to be a consolation goal as City held on to win 3-2 on the day.

City (1) 3 (Mkhize 7', Links 70', Norodien 81')
Maritzburg (0) 2 (Kunene 61', Makaringe 84')

City: Leeuwenburgh, Mkhize (Edmilson 86'), Seedat, Fielies, Cupido, Martin, Modise, Mokeke, Ralani (Norodien 72'), Erasmus (Mthembu 60'), Links.

Maritzburg: Ofori, Mandela (Allie 25'), De Reuck, Xulu, Kunene, Timm, Shandu, Makaringe, Kutumela (Zakri 57'), Ndlovu, Mokate (Moseamedi 79').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ATHLONE STADIUM
CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS
7. Gift Links (72') 36. Mxolisi Kunene (61')
2. Thamsanqa Mkhize (8') 11. Fortune Makaringe (81')
17. Riyaad Norodien (82')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2 1
CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
90'
1
Goalkeeper
31
Defender
15
Defender
25'
2
Defender
12
Defender
18'
90 + 4'
90 + 4'
23
Defender
8'
83'
2
Defender
25
Midfielder
72'
11
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
44'
30
Midfielder
28
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
81'
11
Midfielder
72'
7
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
61'
36
Midfielder
56'
21
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
60'
33
Forward/Striker
58'
24
SUBSTITUTIONS
Siphelele Mthembu
Forward/Striker
60'
25
Nazeer Allie
Defender
25'
0
Riyaad Norodien
Midfielder
72'
17
Yannick Zakri
Forward/Striker
58'
0
Dove Edmilson
Defender
83'
5
Judas Moseamedi
Forward/Striker
79'
6
CARDS
Craig Martin
Midfielder
44'
30
Rushine de Reuck
Defender
18'
23
Thato Mokeke
Midfielder
56'
21
Rushine de Reuck
Defender
90 + 4'
23
Peter Leeuwenburgh
Goalkeeper
90'
1
Rushine de Reuck
Defender
90 + 4'
23
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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