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City claim three points in opening PSL clash

Bidvest Wits were unable to capitalise on their dominance, finding themselves on the wrong side of a 1-0 result against Cape Town City at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.

The opening fixture of the 2017/2018 Absa Premiership saw Bidvest Wits start positively, attacking with intent and at great pace. Cape Town City were playing on the break with equal speed and focus and both sides looking well organized at the back.

Elias Pelembe had a chance to open The Clever Boys account in the third minute but skewed his volley wide of target.

James Keene found himself on the end of a well placed set-piece, but his headed goal was disallowed with the linesman’s flag raised for offside.

Vincent Pule’s cross moments later almost caught Shu-Aib Walters out but the City shot-stopper got a hand to it.

The Citizens had done most of the defending as the half drew to a close, but found a goal against the run of play as Manyama’s delivery was met by Majoro who flicked his header past Moneeb Josephs.

The Braamfontein outfit started the second half well, with Khumalo finding the back of the net, but again the goal was disallowed due to the linesman flagging for offside.

Substitute Mhango made an immediate impact off the bench, winning a penalty in the 52nd minute. The striker nominated himself to take the spot-kick but Walters was equal to the attempt making a save to his right to deny the equaliser.

The hosts continued to push for the elusive goal that would see the sides share the spoils, but McCarthy’s side remained resolute at the back to hang on for the three points.

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