17 February 2018
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Moon 47’)
Cape Town City 0
Ryan Moon scored his fourth goal in the last five league matches and it was enough to help Kaizer Chiefs beat Cape Town City 1-0 in an Absa Premiership game at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
Coach Steve Komphela fielded the same starting line-up as the one that did so well against Golden Arrows last week.
The first half was a tight affair with both sides not giving away much.
Chiefs got the first chance of the match when Wiseman Meyiwa’s shot from close range was blocked at the last minute by a City defender.
On the other side, there was a thunderous drive from Teko Modise from outside the box, which needed an athletic dive from Itumeleng Khune to his left to stop the ball from going in goal.
Willard Katsande was fighting hard and looked unflustered, despite having an operation on a bone in his face during the week after having received an elbow just above his mouth during last weekend’s clash against Arrows.
Leonardo Castro looked lively up-front, often holding up the ball well, while Joseph Molangoane worked hard in his by now customary role covering the right flank.
Siphelele Ntshangase got a fine opportunity to open the score in the 28th minute, but his shot from just inside the box flew high over the crossbar.
Katsande nearly had the first goal on his boot, only to see his shot from just to the right of goal ending in the side netting.
The first half was not great from an entertainment point of view – it was a bit of a chess game with both sides checking out the strength and weakness of the opponent. As a result of this, the half-time score was goalless.
But, as happened in last week’s win over Golden Arrows, the second half was different. Chiefs came out of the dressing room inspired and soon scored in the 47th minute.
The ball was played deep and via Castro landed in front of the in-form Moon, who cleanly finished, 1-0. It was the striker’s fifth goals (four league, one cup) in six matches.
About ten minutes later Moon had a chance to add a second after a well weighted cross from Castro, but the headed ball just flew past the sidebar.
By that time, coach Komphela had made his first substitution, bringing on Siphiwe Tshabalala for Siphelele Ntshangase.
The visitors tried to come back and had an excellent chance in the 79th minute when their half-time substitute Sibusiso Masina got the ball past Khune, but saw the ball blocked at the goalline by Teenage Hadebe, who delivered a flawless performance and seems to get better with every game he has played.
Moon had another great opportunity to score in extra time when intercepting a back pass, only to see his attempt brilliantly saved by the City goalkeeper, Sage Stephens.
It was overall a well-deserved win for the Glamour Boys.
Key moment in the match:
Another week and another opening goal from Ryan Moon on which the striker seems to have a subscription. All five goals he has scored this season concerned Kaizer Chiefs’ opening goal, three times it was the first goal of the match.
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Leonardo Castro did well up-front, making life difficult for the Cape Town City defenders. Willard Katsande worked his socks off in his defensive midfield role, winning numerous balls. However, it was Ryan Moon who was correctly selected as the Absa Premiership Man of the Match. The young striker is simply unstoppable in recent weeks.
What it means:
Thanks to the win Kaizer Chiefs have moved up the Absa Premiership log to second position, having collected 34 points from 21 games. That’s four points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, although they have one game in hand.
Kaizer Chiefs 11: Khune; Mphahlele, Cardoso, Hadebe; Molangoane, Katsande, Meyiwa (Ekstein 79’), Ntshangase (Tshabalala 58’), Zulu; Castro (Parker 74’), Moon
Subs not used: Khuzwayo, Ngezana, Jayiya, Malope,
Cape Town City 11: Stephens; Mkhize, Fielies, Mngonyama, Dove; Martin (Masina 46’), Putsche (Akosah-Bempah 79’), Nodada, Lakay; Modise (Roberts 59’), Rusike
Subs not used: Walters, Seedat, Kobola, Gumede
Kaizer Chiefs next host Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership fixture at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 24 February. Kick-off is at 20:15.