McCarthy’s City hand him debut victory

McCarthy’s City hand him debut victory
Sibusiso Masina of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the 2017 MTN 8 quarter final football match between Cape Town City FC and Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 12 August 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 17:05

Benni McCarthy’s first official match in charge of Cape Town City ended in victory on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Polokwane City 1-0.

The MTN8 quarterfinal match at the Cape Town Stadium was settled by Sibusiso Mbonani’s own goal in the first half.

The hosts suffered a blow before the match even kicked off, with Teko Modise - who was originally named in their starting XI - ruled out due to an injury sustained in the warm-up. He was replaced by Thabo Nodada.

Cape Town settled into early dominance and created the first clear chance of the game when Lebogang Manyama put Lehlohonolo Majoro in on goal in the 15th minute, but the striker couldn’t get the better of goalkeeper George Chigova.

Just over 10 minutes later the team in blue and yellow were denied an opening goal when Majoro tapped home Lyle Lakay’s low cross from close range but was adjudged offside. Television replays suggested it was a marginal call from the linesman.

The home side’s pressure finally paid off in the 38th minute when a corner kick resulted in Polokwane defender Sibusiso Mbonani looking to cushion a header back into his goalkeeper’s hands, but he only succeeded in putting a looping effort over Chigova to break the deadlock with an unfortunate own goal.

Rise and Shine created a couple of chances for Puleng Tlolane early in the second half, both of which forced Shu-Aib Walters into relatively straightforward saves but gave the hosts notice that their opponents still posed a notable attacking threat.

Yet CT City should have been awarded a penalty just before the midway point of the second half, with Thapelo Tshilo clearly handling Manyama’s goal-bound shot in the process of making a block. The referee waved away the hosts’ appeals.

CTC went on to create an array of further promising attacking situations which they failed to capitalise on, but Rise and Shine were unable to punish the hosts’ profligacy and the match finished 1-0 to see McCarthy claim a victory on his coaching debut.

The Citizens join defending champions Bidvest Wits in tomorrow’s semifinal draw, which will be completed by the winners of the matches between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United.

Cape Town City (1) 1 (Mbonani og 38’)
Polokwane City 0

CTC: Walters, Mkhize, Johannes, Gumede, Dove, Masina (Patosi 66’), Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Manyama (Seedat 90+1’), Majoro (Matsi 83’)

Polokwane: Chigova, Semenya, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, J. Maluleke, Seabi (W. Maluleke 80’), Phiri (Vilakazi 56’), Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Tlolane (Mncwango 78’)

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