Cape Town City sneak past champions Wits in PSL opener
Cape Town City showed that last season’s impressive performances weren’t down to luck when they beat PSL champions Wits 1-0 in their league opener.
JOHANNESBURG - Cape Town City showed that last season’s impressive performances weren’t down to luck when they beat PSL champions Wits 1-0 in their league opener in Johannesburg on Friday night.
Benni McCarthy’s side took a battering throughout the first half, and had to defend multiple attacks from the Clever Boys in the early stages. Wits striker James Keane appeared to have opened the scoring in the 8th minute, but the Englishman’s goal was ruled offside to let the Citizens off.
Lehlohonolo Majoro meanwhile found the back of the net with the only shot on target from Cape Town City to make the score line 1-0 in the closing stages of the first half.
The second half was all about defence for the visitors, who continued to hold on by their fingertips, despite goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters being called into action on a few occasions – including a superb save from an Elia Pelembe strike.
With coach Gavin Hunt watching the match from the stands after being sent off last week, the Clever Boys brought on substitute Frank Mhango to try and find the breakthrough. The switch almost worked, with the Malawian setting up Keane for another shot at goal late on, but he blazed his header off target.
In the end, it just wasn’t to be for the Clever Boys, with Benny McCarthy getting his first PSL season as a manager off to the perfect start.