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City grab Cape bragging rights with 2-0 win over Ajax

CAPE TOWN, September 30 – Nigerian international Victor Obinna chose the perfect time to score his first goal for Cape Town City as they ran out 2-0 winners over Ajax Cape Town in their Premiership match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
City did most of their attacking work in the first half and were content, and comfortable for the most part of the second stanza, to sit back and defend their lead as they held on for a third successive derby win.
With the stands nicely filled on a sunny afternoon, there was a real buzz for the league derby. The early action was bright and breezy although neither goalkeeper was called into serious action until the 16th minute, when Brandon Peterson did superbly to palm the ball around the post after defender Roscoe Pietersen’s attempted headed clearance had gone the wrong way.
Ajax had a chance on 25 minutes when Rodrick Kabwe’s free kick was tipped over by goalkeeper Sage Stephens.
But it was the team in blue and gold who were starting to get a grip on proceedings as the game wore on, and they drew first blood in the 34th minute when Ayanda Patosi’s brilliant through-ball was chested by former Inter Milam marksman Obinna, whose determination saw him stabbing the ball past the out-coming Petersen.
Pietersen had a great chance to level matters a minute before half time, but he steered a back-post header wide from close range after team-mate Tashrique Morris had appeared to distract him.
There was a flurry of action six minutes after the break as Craig Martin missed a gilt-edged chance for City by heading over the bar from six yards out, while at the other end, Taariq Fielies looked very lucky to escape conceding a penalty after he seemed to have taken out Tercious Malepe.
Benni McCarthy’s City side found themselves having to defend more and more as the Urban Warriors tried to get back into the game, but some cool heads at the back from Robyn Johannes in particular, saw the Urban Warriors battling to create clear chances.
Instead Stanley Menzo’s team in red and white suffered a late sucker punch when Judas Moseamedi’s 88th minute shot, after a through-ball from Teko Modise, squeezed under Peterson and just crossed the line despite Rheece Evans’ clearance.

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