We continued our disappointing results in the bio bubble tonight with a loss to Cape Town City at Emirates Airline Park.
The first half saw The Citizens rotating their players well and making solid attacking plays into the final third from early on in the game. Defensively we battled to look solid, with Shitolo not being able to fall back from his midfield position quickly enough and leaving gaps in the defence. On top of this, Lunga seemed off form and this allowed Cape Town City’s Fargie Lakay to secure two early goals.
We battled to come back from these errors, and took a while to shake off the set back and start to look more composed on the ball.
We suffered an injury set back as well with Gumede coming off the field just before the break.
Coming into the second half we had to replace Siyabonga Dube with a back strain and Lunga came off. The two defenders were replaced with Conco and Sibiya, adding some fresh legs and attacking players to the game. This changed our tempo and we looked better on the ball. We created some good attacking chances which were countered well by the City defence. Morris then scored the third for The Citizens against the flow of play, our defence was left wide open and he slotted an easy goal for the visitors.
We pulled one back in the 74th minute when we were awarded a free kick just 10m from the box. Mutizwa curled the ball over the wall well into the bottom left corner.
Although we did well to command the possession in the second half we were just not able to score again. Parusnath has a great full laced shot on target which was saved, but apart from that there was nothing that threatened Cape Town City’s lead.
The cherry on the top for the visiting team was a penalty awarded in extra time, which was converted by Lakay for his hat trick.