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Chippa United 0 - 2 Cape Town City

Cape Town City left it late but were able to secure a 2-0 win over Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the Premiership on Friday night.

The first half provided plenty of entertainment, with both sides creating their fair share of chances, but would end in stalemate due to a lack of cutting edge in front of goal.

Chippa United's Boikanyo Komane headed over from Tebogo Tlolane's inviting cross in the seventh minute, while team-mate Andile Mbenyane fired wide of the right-hand upright on the volley two minutes later.

The Citizens lodged their first chance of note in the 10th minute, but Surprise Ralani was unable to find the mark as his driven effort flew over the bar.

The visitors grew in confidence as the half progressed but they were lacking a cutting edge in front of goal, with Kewuti and Craig Martin squandering later chances.

Siphelele Mthembu had one of the better chances of the first half after being teed up by Ralani's outswinging corner, but the veteran striker saw his headed effort sail harmlessly over the crossbar.

Both sides created chances but in truth Cape Town City could consider themselves rather fortunate they weren't behind at half time and their coach Benni McCarthy obviously gave them a stern talking to at the break because they burst out of the gates in the second half.

A flurry of missed chances culminated in Zukile Kewuti blowing the best of the lot around the 65 minute mark, heading over from close range when it seemed almost impossible not to score.

However, just when City fans were beginning to dispair that it was going to be one of those nights, Shane Roberts stepped up to save the day. Taariq Fielies delivered a pin-point cross into the box, which Roberts latched on to and thundered home with his left boot to break the deadlock in the 79th minute.

With the goal Chippa's resolve seemed to disintegrate and seven minutes later the visitors secure the three points when Links headed in a Gift Links cross to make it 2-0.