Stellenbosch FC had an upper hand going to half time against hosts Cape Town City, after Alan Robertson opened the scoring in the 31st minute
Cape Town City enjoyed much ball possession and some nice combination plays in the opposition’s half but they have not managed to find that killer pass.
Mduduzi Mdantsane, Surprise Ralani and Fargie Lakay have ocherstrated a number of enterprising combinations but the resolute Stellenbosch defence has kept them away.
The visitors had to make a forced substitution in the 25th minute after Sibusiso Mthethwa got injured after colliding with Tashreeq Morris and he was replaced by Robertson.
Leandro Mandieta, Ashley Du Preez and Augustine Dimgba have been putting pressure on the City defence.
It paid off in the 31 minute when a cross was not cleared in the City box and Robertson pounced on a lose ball and found the back of the net from close range.
Lee Langveldt made a point blank save to deny Morris a goal with two minutes before half time, after Lakay delivered a good cross.
During half time Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler made an offensive change bringing on Craig Martin for Fargie Lakay.
Nathan Fasik had to bring his A game in order to deal with Mendieta, who was through on goal but the defender with a goal saving tackle dealt with the danger.
Quickly Tinkler brought some fresh legs, bringing on Khanyisa Mayo, Thabo Nodada and Mpho Makola for Tashreeq Morris, Mduduzi Mdantsane and Abdul Ajagun.
Meanwhile Steve Barker brought on Judas Moseamedi and Allie Msengi for Augustine Dimgba and Leandro Mandieta.
The Citizens continued to push for an equaliser with more men forward and some clinical passes but Robertson, Marc Van Heerden and Zitha Kwinika stood tall with Lee Langveltd making some brilliant saves.
With seven minutes to go City sent more men forward and forgot to defend as Moseamedi out muscled Marques Hugo and placed the ball in an empty bed, to double the lead for his side.
Soon it was 3-0 as Moseamedi completed his brace against the round of play to guarantee his side bragging rights in the Cape Derby.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter