GOALS from Lehlohonolo Majoro, Sibusiso Masina and Lebogang Manyama saw Cape Town City defeating Maritzburg United 3-2 in the Absa Premiership at Athlone Stadium on Tuesday night.
Despite an early goal by defender Brian Onyango, the Pietermaritzburg-based side could not claim the full three points on the night.
City now occupy the top of the log with 20 points, but will wait to see the outcome of the match between Bidvest Wits and Highlands Park on Wednesday night.
As early as the fifth minute, Onyango handed the visitors a lead as he slotted home a cross through Evans Rusike from the right flank, beating goalkeeper Samora Motloung.
Fouls were dominant in the fast-paced affair heading to the 20th minute, with both sides receiving cautions, but the hosts showed signs of hunger moving forward.
Eric Tinkler’s men were rewarded in the 20th minute when the Team of Choice failed to clear the danger in their box, allowing the hosts to find an easy tap in through Majoro after a scramble in the box.
As they probed for their second goal, Devon Saal came close to finding the back of the net, but failed to connect with the ball following a pin point cross from Lebohang Maboe in the 30th minute.
Both camps were locked at 1-1 at the interval.
Upon their return, Masina was a recipient of a well delivered cross by Given Mashikinya on the left flank, the 24-year-old coolly finished it inside the box, making it 2-1.
However in the 54th minute, Rusike’s fine free kick from the edge of the box made it 2-2 as he smashed a powerful shot to beat Motloung on the roof of the net.
With 14 minutes remaining on the clock, Manyama made it 3-2 when he easily converted a sweet cross by Aubrey Ngoma from the left of the park.
In the end, City were reduced to 10-men when Robyn Johannes was booked for the second time as they held on to the lead.
The loss in the Mother City means Ernst Middendorp’s side remain placed at the eighth spot from 10 matches thus far.
Cape Town City: (1) 3 (Majoro 20′, Masina 46′, Manyama 76′)
Maritzburg United: (1) 2 (Onyango 05′, Rusike 53′)
Cape Town City: Motloung, Gumede, Johannes, Mokeke, Mkhize, Putsche (Nodada 65′), Mashikinya (Matsi 60′), Manyama, Masina (Moseamedi 81′), Ngoma, Majoro
Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Onyango, Shandu, Shabalala, Weidlich, Mngonyama, Mekoa, Moyo (Nale 45′), Rusike, Maboe, Saal (Van Wyk 74′)
In the other league games played last night, Orlando Pirates narrowly beat Chippa United 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth with Ajax Cape Town snatching an away 3-2 victory over Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.-Backpage TXT.