City, Baroka draw top-of-the table clash

Baroka FC remain top of the Absa Premiership standings following a 1-1 draw with Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Robin Ngalande and Craig Martin finding the back of the net for their respective club sides as the two teams shared the spoils in the top-of-the-table encounter, to remain in first and third spot in the league.

The game got off to a rather cagey start with the first shot in anger falling to Baroka's Sipho Moeti in the 10th minute. His long-range effort whistling harmlessly wide of Sage Stephens goal.

Neither side were able to find any sort of rhythm in the opening half-hour with both teams guilty of coughing up possession too easily.

A similar pattern continued for the remainder of the half with nothing to write home about after 45 minutes. The rain coming down as the two teams entered the tunnel at the break, with the score deadlocked at 0-0.

Bakgaga came out firing following the interval and after Siphelele Ntshangase saw his deflected effort fly narrowly wide of goal, Ngalande opened the scoring for the visitors.

The former Ajax Cape Town forward, who struggled to find his feet in the Mother City, finding the back of the net with 55 minutes on the clock.

This triggered an immediate response from Benni McCarthy who introduced Ayanda Patosi in place of Teko Modise moments later, in search of an immediate reply.

City duly leveled matters through Martin in the 69th minute with the Citizens speedster getting on the end of a precise cross from Lyle Lakay. The goal Martin's first for the Cape Town club.

Baroka responded by introducing Gift Motupa as they attempted to regain the lead, as the battle for top spot in South Africa's top-flight intensified heading into the final exchanges.

The Citizens looked the more likely to grab all three points and went close through Roland Putsche and Martin in stoppage-time, but it was not to be as the game ended all square.

Cape Town City (0) 1 (Martin 69')
Baroka FC (0) 1 (Ngalande 55')

City: Stephens; Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize - Putsche, Matsi, Modise (Patosi 56') - Lakay (Masina 70'), Martin, Koapeng (Gumede 86').

Baroka: Vries; Masenamela, Banda, Shaku, Kgoetyane - Madubanya, Mdantsane - Moeti, Ntshangase (Kgaswane 68'), Chawapihwa (Motupa 70'), Ngalande (Mahashe 89').