Martin hands Citizens iKapa derby spoils
Cape Town City moved into second place in the table after they beat local rivals Ajax Cape Town by a solitary goal at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
- Cape Town City 1 Ajax Cape Town 0
- Martin denied by woodwork in first half
- Nodada fails to beat Peterson one-on-one
- Martin header gives City the lead
- Stephens keeps out Lakay free-kick late on
Benni McCarthy's side were on top in the iKapa derby but went into the half-time break goalless, before Craig Martin gave them the lead early in the second half.
The 14th-placed Urban Warriors were second best on the day, but the 44th-minute dismissal of Gerald Takwara hardly helped their cause as Muhsin Ertugral's side remain a point clear of the relegation zone.
City bossed proceedings in Green Point but couldn't convert their dominance into goals before the interval.
They were unfortunate not to go ahead on 13 minutes when Teko Modise released Martin down the right, but the winger saw his lob over the advancing Brandon Peterson bounce back off the left post and out.
Modise wasn't far off from finding the top-left corner of the net 19 minutes later as he latched onto a poor clearance and lined up a shot from 25 yards out that flew just over the target.
Thabo Nodada should have done better when he side-footed the ball straight at Peterson moments later after being picked out in space inside the box on the right, and the midfielder failed to beat the keeper one-on-one after racing onto a ball over the top on 39 minutes.
Peterson was well placed to claim Roland Putsche's glancing header from a 43rd-minute free-kick, before Takwara was given his marching orders for two silly challenges in the space of two minutes.
Sergio Kammies wasted a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock against the run of play in first-half stoppage time as he fired wide of the left post from 16 yards out following good work from Tendai Ndoro to hold the ball up and tee up the right-back.
Martin did well to create an opening for himself at the other end soon afterwards with a flick to go past Mosa Lebusa on the right, but his wayward shot flew well beyond the near post.
There was no way he was going to miss his next chance from Ayandi Patosi's pin-point cross which was headed home just a yard out from the line seven minutes after the restart.
Ajax had little joy in the second half, but they had snatched a share of the spoils at the death when substitute Lyle Lakay forced Sage Stephens into a good save with his 90th-minute free-kick.