Absa Premeirship match report Cape Town City v Highlands Park 23 April 2019

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Kermit Erasmus
Kermit Erasmus

Ten-man Cape Town City shared the spoils with Highlands Park in a 1-1 draw in the Absa Premiership on Tuesday evening.

Following their abandoned clash at Bloemfontein Celtic, the hosts made just one change in Craig Martin whilst the visitors went for two in Junior Sibande and Ricardo Williams.

In the first 10 minutes, City looked for an opening after Chris David and Zukile Kewuti combined to set-up Kermit Erasmus, who shot straight at Marlon Heugh.

A major set-back cracked their waist after 18 minutes, as Erasmus saw red from a free-kick after lashing at Mothobi Mvala.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, City continued pushing for the breakthrough but were met with ruthless defending.

Highlands threatened the opener with their first attack eight minutes to halftime, but a last-ditch goal-line clearance prevented Mvala adding to his scoring tally.

At the restart, City brought on Gift Links for David, as brilliant piece of skill from Surprise Ralani set-up Martin who hit the post from close-range.

Highlands went in front 55 minutes in after Tendai Ndoro ran onto a loose ball to finish beyond Peter Leeuwenburgh.

City pushed for an immediate response, but were let down by poor finishing closer to the final quarter.

The Lions of the North brought in a double change in the final 13 minutes, with Chris Komane and Denzil Haoseb replacing Sibande and Jabulani Shongwe.

City levelled matters after 84 minutes when Martin went downwards to head home a delivery from Links.

As the final whistle loomed, both sides threw bodies forward for the winner but had to settle for a share of the spoils to leave their top eight hopes by a threat.

For City, the focus shifts to a meeting with Chippa United on Friday, while Highlands welcome Polokwane City on Saturday.

Teams:

City: Leeuwengburgh, Mkhize,  Fielies, Cupido, Seedat, Kewuti, Ralani, David, Mokeke, Martin, Erasmus.

Subs: Motloung, Links, Modise, Akosah-Bempah, Mthembu, Abrahams, Roberts.

Highlands: Heugh, Sibande, Ramoraka, Mokoena, Motsepe, Rae, Shongwe, Mahlangu, Williams, Mvala, Shalulile.

Subs: Peters, Haoseb, Mbatha, Komane, Ndoro, Mkhabela, Nyembe.