Chippa United coach Lehlohonolo Seema got off to a losing start against Cape Town City in the two sides' first clash in the Absa Premiership bio-bubble restart.
The match got off to a slow start with the both teams having their first feel of competitive action in over five months, with only a few weeks' training in their legs.
It was Fagrie Lakay who had the first shot in the 15th minute but his effort from just outside the box sailed wide of the mark, after some promising combination play between Shane Robert and Kermit Erasmus.
Erasmus went on to break the deadlock two minutes later when he headed home unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box, thanks to a pin-point cross from Lakay, who positioned himself well to regain possession after a Chippa throw-in.
The pace slowed towards the end of the first stanza, with Ruzaigh Gamildien having registered the host's only shot at goal, but that failed to trouble City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh.
The Chilli Boys came out for the second stanza with some vigour as Gamildien worked himself into good space inside the opposition box, but his shot from an acute angle went wide of the target, while his teammates lined up unmarked for a cut-back at the edge of the area.
Lakay then won a foul in a dangerous position just outside the box in the 54th minute, but Mduduzi Mdantsane's disappointing left-footed free-kick sailed over the crossbar.
Tashreeq Morris, who replaced Erasmus, had a glorious opportunity to double his side's lead in the 76th minute after being played through by Mdantsane but Chippa shot-stopper Mlungisi Mazibuko pulled off a superb block to deny the striker in a one-on-one situation.
Lehlohonolo Seema suffered a big blow as defender Kevin Moyo received his marching orders in the 81st minute after picking up a second yellow card.
The home side had a sniff at equalising late on but Augustine Kwem was unable to direct his shot on target after Leeuwenburgh was caught off his line, as it ended in defeat for Seema in his first match in charge of the Port Elizabeth-based outfit.
Jan Olde Riekerink's charges thus moved up to ninth position with the victory and are now just one point behind eight-placed Highlands Park.
Chippa: Mazibuko, Sekotlong, Damons, K. Moyo, Malepe, Maphangule, Thopola, Jodwana (Kwem 52'), Komane, Maphanga, Gamildien (Lentjies 52').
Subs: Mothwa, Mthethwa, Mbenyane, Mahola, E. Moyo, Lebitsa, Masalesa.
CT City: Leeuwenburgh, Fielies, Mobara, Edmilson, Mkhize (Seedat 46'), Mdantsane, Nodada, Roberts, Lakay, Erasmus (Morris 59'), Ralani.
Subs: Stephens, Anderson, Mdunyelwa, Kewuti, Ndondo, Makola, Goedeman.