Advantage City in MTN8 semi
Posted: 27 August 2017 Time: 14:26
Cape Town City will go into the MTN8 semi-final second leg in a fortnight with a slight advantage after beating defending champions Bidvest Wits 1-0 for the second time in less than a month this season.
City beat the Clever Boys 1-0 at Bidvest Stadium on the opening weekend of the Absa Premiership and repeated the same scoreline in the cup tie on Sunday afternoon.
But the Cape side will know that the game is far from over, with the second leg still to come in Johannesburg and Wits won’t just let go of the title they won last season easily.
It was a typical first-leg game, with both sides playing cautiously. They did not want to give much away, which meant that the goalkeepers did not have much to do.
It took 20 minutes for City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters to make his first save, easily getting down at his near post to deny a Thabang Monare header.
Daine Klate had whipped in a good ball which was not dealt with by the City defenders and Monare got a header in at the far post, but it was not strong enough to beat Walters.
Despite not creating much in front of goal in the first half, it was City who took the lead before the break.
After scoring his first goal for the Citizens in the 3-1 win over Platinum Stars in the Absa Premiership during the past week, winger Ayanda Patosi bagged his second goal for the club in the 44th minute to give Benni McCarthy’s men a lead.
From a throw-in, Sibusiso Masina flicked the ball into the path of Patosi, who controlled with his right foot before finding the back of the net with his left.
Wits brought on veteran midfielder Steven Pienaar for Gabadinho Mhango at the start of the second half, hoping that he would get them back into the game. Pienaar, along with Wits’ other two substitutes Kobamelo Kodisang and Vincent Pule, could not inspire a comeback for the Clever Boys.
City defended well and put their bodies on the line to hold on to their lead.
Credit should go to Taariq Fielies, who was able to keep a close eye on Wits’ new signing from Egypt, Amr Gamal. Fielies did well in the victory over Dikwena and McCarthy felt that he deserved to start again ahead of Tshepo Gumede. It was a good choice from the former Bafana Bafana striker, as Fielies proved that he can be a key player for City going forward.
These two sides met in the MTN8 semi-final last season and Wits won the first leg 3-0 in Milpark. This time, however, Wits were given a tough time by a City side that is really looking good under the guidance of McCarthy at the moment. The second leg will no doubt be an interesting game, as Wits try to come from behind.
HOME: Cape Town City
Coach: Benedict McCarthy
AWAY: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt