Cape Town City SuperSport United PSL Absa Premiership match report
Posted: 16 December 2016 Time: 16:44
For the second time in under a week Cape Town City and SuperSport United provided an excellent spectacle as they drew 1-1 in an Absa Premiership match contested at the Cape Town Stadium.
The game had to wait until late in the second half to get a goal and it was the visitors who scored first through Kingston Nkhatha before Lebogang Manyama continued his fine run of form by popping up deep in stoppage time to grab a leveller.
City looked sluggish in the opening stages and SuperSport were presented with a couple of half-chances but it was not long before the home side hit their stride.
In the 11th minute stunning approach play yielded a chance for Moseamedi but he was only able to stab the ball goalwards under pressure and it was cleared away by Boxall after Pieterse did just about enough to slow the shot.
Stuart Baxter's men held firm and mounted a few attacks of their own although they were of less consequence than the opportunities that City were creating.
The frequency with which chances were materialising slowed towards the midway point of the half but a nice tempo was maintained.
As the game neared the half-hour mark an excellent ball from Manyama found an advancing Masina who engineered a toe-poke effort that flew wide of the upright.
In the 35th minute Mnyamane had an opportunity from a set-piece that was a fair distance out but was not able to do as he has done before this season and convert.
With time running out in the half Mnyamane hit a shot from a similarly ambitious range but again failed to hit the target before firing a shot straight at Walters seconds before the whistle that signaled the interval.
In the second period SuperSport United started the brighter of the two sides but it was City who had the best chance inside the first 10 minutes as Moseamedi did brilliantly to charge up the flank and direct a ball into the box that was slammed into the side netting by Manyama from a tight angle.
The visitors continued to torment the backline of the City Boyz but struggled to find an end product with Modiba missing from point blank range although he was offside before Furman skewed his long-range shot wide minutes later.
There were chances at both ends as Nkhatha sliced a volley wide before Daniels put his body on the line to block a fierce Manyama effort.
It was SuperSport who broke the deadlock and it was Nkhatha who put the finishing touches on a silky counter attack with Letsholonyane laying the ball across the box for the striker to finish neatly at the back post.
There was to a final twist with barely any time remaining as sloppy defending and goalkeeping from the side in the lead allowed Manyama to pounce on a loften ball and tuck it into an open net.
The result means City stay top of the Absa Premiership table.
HOME: Cape Town City
Coach: Eric Tinkler
- 31 Shu-Aib Walters
- 16 Robyn Johannes
- 23 Mpho Matsi
46 mins - Given Mashikinya
85 mins - Nana Akosah-Bempah
- 27 Tshepo Gumede
- 27 Thamsanqa Mkhize
- 11 Aubrey Ngoma
- 19 Roland Putsche
- 21 Thato Mokeke
- 21 Lebogang Manyama
- 20 Judas Moseamedi
- 24 Sibusiso Masina
66 mins - Luyolo Nomandela
AWAY: SuperSport United
Coach: Stuart Baxter
- 1 Reyaad Pieterse
- 4 Clayton Daniels
- 5 Michael Boxall
- 14 Onismor Bhasera
39 mins - Denwin Farmer
- 33 Mario Booysen
- 6 Reneilwe Letsholonyane
- 8 Dean Furman
- 12 Aubrey Modiba
- 17 Cole Alexander
- 10 Kingston Nkhatha
84 mins - Jeremy Brockie
- 23 Thabo Mnyamane