City edge Stars to return to winning form

Cape Town City returned to winning form in the Absa Premiership as they defeated Free State Stars 1-0 at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Having suffered back-to-back league losses against Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United, the Citizens claimed all three points in this clash thanks to a late strike from Taariq Fielies.

As for Ea Lla Koto, the defeat brings to an end a strong run of form which had seen them claim 10 points from the last 12 up for grabs.

City put in a dominant showing in the first half, but they found Stars to be resilient and determined opponents. Marshalled by the experience of Paulus Masehe, the Free State side hassled and harried the hosts to a standstill in the first half.

The Cape side also suffered an injury blow near the interval when former West Ham United striker Victor Obinna picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Judas Moseamedi on the 40 minute mark.

Benni McCarthy’s side continued to boss the game through the second half but they struggled to create chances with which to test Stars goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare.

However, the breakthrough finally arrived in the 89th minute when City put together an attack which ended with Taariq Fielies putting the ball beyond the reach of Stars’ gloves-man.

The teams will return to league action after the international break in November, with City hosting Baroka on November 22, while Stars will be at home to Chippa United on the same day.

Cape Town City (0) 1 (Fielies 89’)

Free State Stars 0

Teams:

Cape Town City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede, Martins, Seedat, Matsi, Fielies, Putsche (Masina 75’), Modise (Johannes 90’), Lakay, Obinna (Moseamedi 40’)

Free State Stars: Sangare, Mashego, Keita (Mbhele 65’), Mahamutsa, Phungwayo, Jantjie, Vilakazi, Masehe, Maphakisa (Potsane 57’), Manqele, Mthembu