Citizens edge 10-man Urban Warriors in iKapa Derby

Citizens edge 10-man Urban Warriors in iKapa Derby
Tercious Malepe of Ajax Cape Town challenged by Teko Modise of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 20 January 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Saturday Jan 20, 2018. 18:25

Craig Martin scored the only goal of the game as Cape Town City beat Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in an Absa Premiership showdown at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Citizens were in the ascendancy for most of the early exchanges with Martin unlucky to see his attempt canon off the woodwork in the 13th minute of the clash; having chipped the ball over the on-rushing Brandon Petersen.

Ajax Cape Town, though, fought their way back into the match with Ndiviwe Mdabuka unlucky to see his header attempt fly inches over the crossbar five minutes later.

Thabo Nodada then burst straight through on goal with 39 minutes on the clock, but Petersen was on hand to make an excellent save.

The Urban Warriors suffered a major blow soon after as Gerald Takwara received his marching orders following second bookable offence. The Zimbabwe international unlucky to see red in what was his first iKapa Derby.

Despite the man disadvantage, Ajax Cape Town conjured the final chance of the half as Sirgio Kammies sent his attempt narrowly wide of goal on the cusp of half-time. Goalless at the break.

The Citizens duly opened the scoring seven minutes following the interval. Martin on hand to nod home Ayanda Patosi's corner-kick.

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the clash with Ajax Cape Town pegged on the back foot.

Ajax Cape Town had their chances on the counter-attack with Fagrie Lakay especially lively for the Urban Warriors.

Namesake, Lyle Lakay had a chance to wrap up proceedings in the 90th minute of the match, but Petersen was up to task; the goal-minder with an great save to keep out the midfielder's free-kick.

Ajax Cape Town pressed forward in search of the equalizer, but it was not to be as City held on for all three points.

Cape Town City (0) 1 (Martin 52')

Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

Cape Town City: Stephens; Mkhize, Johannes, Fielies, Dove - Nodada, Putsche (Lakay 61'), Modise - Martin (Mngonyama 81'), Patosi, Obinna (Akosah-Bempah 74').

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Lebusa, Booysen, Ouattara (Sasman 75'), Kammies - Takwara, Malepe, Mdabuka - Julies, Morris (Lakay 58'), Ndoro.

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