MATCH CENTRE

SAT 02 MARCH 2019, 20:15, BIDVEST STADIUM

2
VS
3

Cape Town City stun Bidvest Wits

by Graeme Jackson

Sat March 02, 22:33

Cape Town City overcame Bidvest Wits 3-2 in an Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.

The victory saw the Citizens remain fourth on the league standings, while the Clever Boys moved down to third place on the table.

The Citizens threatened first through experienced marksman Kermit Erasmus four minutes into the encounter.

The diminutive striker made a run from the left, before unleashing a shot which missed Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet's goal-posts.

It was the Clever Boys who opened the scoring one minute before the half-hour mark through their inspirational captain Thulani Hlatshwayo.

The defender headed home Granwald Scott's cross to make it 1-0 to Wits - beating City's giant shot-stopper Peter Leeuwenburgh at the near-post.

The momentum was with the hosts and they were awarded a penalty after Lehlohonolo Majoro was fouled inside the City box four minutes before half-time.

Gift Motupa then stepped up and scored from the spot-kick to make it 2-0 to Wits heading into the half-time break.

City pulled one back a minute into the second-half when Erasmus beat South Africa international Keet to make it 2-1 with a good finish.

It was soon 2-2 when Bradley Ralani scored from close range after the Wits defence was exposed and they were punished by the attacker in the 53rd minute.

The visitors continued their dominance after restoring parity and they were awarded a free-kick in a promising area seven minutes after the hour-mark.

Riyaad Norodien then stepped up and he scored with a thunderous effort from the set-piece which beat Keet hands down to make it 3-2 to City.

Wits then launched late attacks as they searched for a late equalising goal, but Leeuwenburgh made good saves to deny Scott, Deon Hotto and Daylon Claasen.

Ultimately, City ran out 3-2 winners over Wits, who had failed to hold onto their two-goal lead in the second-half.

Wits (2) 2 (Hlatshwayo 29', Motupa 43')

City (0) 3 (Erasmus 46', Ralani 53', Norodien 68')


Wits: Keet, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi (Claasen 58'), Johannes, Hlanti, Scott, Alexander (Lakay 72'), Hotto, Pelembe, Motupa, Majoro (Mere 58').
City: Leeuwenburgh, Mngonyama, Cupido (Mkhize 68'), Seedat, Fielies, Kewuti, Ralani, David (Links 59'), Mokeke, Erasmus, Norodien (Graham 77').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH BIDVEST STADIUM
BIDVEST WITS GOALS CAPE TOWN CITY FC GOALS
3. Thulani Hlatshwayo (29') 33. Kermit Erasmus (47')
24. Gift Motupa (43') Chris David (52')
17. Riyaad Norodien (78')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP CAPE TOWN CITY FC STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Coach
52'
59'
0
Defender
58'
15
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
16
Defender
68'
15
Defender
13
Defender
45
Defender
29'
3
Defender
12
Midfielder
72'
17
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
78'
17
Midfielder
43'
24
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
38
Forward/Striker
58'
45
Forward/Striker
47'
33
SUBSTITUTIONS
Daylon Claasen
Midfielder
58'
27
Gift Links
Midfielder
59'
7
Vuyo Mere
Defender
58'
2
Thamsanqa Mkhize
Defender
68'
2
Fagrie Lakay
Forward/Striker
72'
15
CARDS
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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