Spurs suffer seventh successive defeat

Cape Town Spurs endured their seventh consecutive defeat in the 2023-24 DStv Premiership season, during a 3-1 loss against Cape Town City at the DHL Stadium on Saturday.

The match began with an early goal by Ashley Cupido, setting the tone for the remainder of the encounter.

Nevertheless, despite their initial lead, the Urban Warriors failed to capitalize on their advantage. A penalty converted by Darwin Gonzalez just before halftime restored parity, while Khanyisa Mayo’s brace secured City maximum points in the derby.

Despite the Citizens dominating possession in the early stages of the game, it was Spurs who took the lead with their very first attacking move. Seizing possession from City in midfield, the Urban Warriors executed a textbook counter-attack, and Ashley Cupido calmly slotted the ball home from within the 18-yard area.

Even after conceding, Eric Tinkler’s team, maintained control of the possession and actively sought an equalizer. Their counter-attacking style often troubled the City defence.

As the game approached the 25-minute mark, City controlled the majority of play in Spurs’ half but struggled to convert their goal-scoring opportunities.

City was awarded a penalty in the 40th minute when the referee detected a handball by Rushwin Dortley inside the penalty area. Gonzalez confidently placed the ball into the net, just out of the reach of goalkeeper Sam Ramsbottom.

In the second half, the Urban Warriors displayed greater initiative compared to their first-half performance, while City managed to create a few scoring opportunities.

After an hour of play at the DHL Stadium, Spurs looked lively when moving forward, occasionally causing City to defend nervously.

As the 70th minute approached, the Citizens shifted into high gear and took the lead through a clever strike by Khanyiso Mayo. Gonzalez delivered the ball down the left flank, and Mayo flicked it into the net at the near post.

City sealed the victory with five minutes remaining, as Mayo completed his brace in the iKapa Derby.
Once again, City posed a threat down the left wing, and Mayo was in the right place at the right time to bundle the ball home from close range while battling with Siyanda Msani inside the six-yard box.

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