The Citizens were made to sweat for a point against Bakgaga in an encounter which produced four goals
Cape Town City held Baroka FC to a 2-2 draw in their second Premier Soccer League (PSL) match in 2019 on Saturday night.
The Citizens were in high spirits following their 1-0 win over SuperSport United last weekend and they were hoping to move to the third spot on the PSL log table with a win over Bakgaga.
On the other hand, Bakgaga were licking their wounds on the back of their 2-1 defeat to Black Leopards in the Limpopo Derby last Sunday.
Despite enjoying more ball possession, Benni McCarthy’s men struggled to penetrate Baroka’s defence and Taariq Fielies resorted to a long-range shot, but he could not test goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze after 20 minutes.
At the other end, Collins Makgaka continued to cause all sorts of trouble for City and Jemondre Dickens attempted a curling shot from a set piece, but Peter Leeuwenburgh parried the ball away from danger.
Roland Putsche would come close to converting Patosi’s cross in the 36th minute, but the midfielder’s header went over Chipezeze’s near post.
Right on the stroke of half time, Mthembu’s powerful header hit the post and Chipezeze failed to collect allowing Patosi to finish the rebound, and it was 1-0 to City at the interval.
The reigning MTN8 Cup champions started the second stanza with aplomb probing for their second goal, but it was the Telkom Knockout Cup champions, who equalized against the run of play.
Matome Mabeba produced a great run on the left flank and Tebogo Sodi finished the delivery with an easy tap in to beat Leeuwenburgh to make it 1-1 in the 50th minute.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda’s troops upped their search for a lead and Goodman Mosele’s cross hit Thato Mokeke’s hand in the box, a penalty was given and Dickens made it 2-1 from the spot in the 56th minute.
A minute later, City wasted no time to try and level the matters and Putsche’s long range shot rattled the cross bar.
Baroka remained stable at the back and striker Matthew Rusike was introduced as McCarthy sacrificed Craig Martin in the last 16 minutes, but Thamsanqa Mkhize’s free header sailed over the cross bar .
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As City pushed forward in numbers, Putsche blasted home Kwanda Mngonyama’s cross in the 85th minute to make it 2-2.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw and the result saw City remain sixth on the league table with 24 points, while Bakgaga also remained 14th spot with 15 points.
Meanwhile, AmaZulu hosted Highlands Park in the other PSL match at the King Zwelithini Stadium and the game ended in a goalless draw.