10-men Cape Town City beat Pirates as Stellenbosch holds Chiefs to a draw

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Ten-men Cape Town City narrowly beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in a closely contested match played at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

City are seventh on the log after four wins and have one loss in five matches.

Pirates, who are 5th, have gone six straight matches without a win.

Pirates made three changes from the side that drew against Baroka FC. Cape Town City also made three changes from the side that played against Stellenbosch FC.

Pirates welcomed back star player Thembinkosi Lorch for the first time into the starting line up since he was sidelined for breaking he bio-bubble rules.

City used an effective strategy of attack against Pirates by attacking from the wings. They used their speed and agility with good effect from the onset.

But their efforts where undermined when Mpho Makola received his marching orders after a second bookable offence.

Despite the red card, the Citizens never dropped their heads and kept fighting. Their plan came together on the stroke of half time when free scoring Kermit Erasmus found the back of the net. It was his 12th goal of the season in the league.

In the second half, Pirates came out guns blazing. They attacked from all positions, but Cape Town City stood firm.

Pirates camped in their opponents half and looked for an equaliser, but City were not in a charitable mood and held on to their goal with everything they had.

The game ended 1-0 to the Citizens.

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs and Stellenbosch FC played to a 1-1 draw in their ABSA Premiership match played at the Orlando Stadium.

The draw means that Amakhosi lead the pack on the log with 6 points. Chiefs have collected 53 points so far and the Stellies are ninth on the log with 27 points.