Johnston Road was the venue which hosted Junction Rovers and Cape Town City in a bottom of the table clash in stream B of the Regional Mens League.
Both teams are in a rebuilding phase this season as they have new coaches in charge this year with a change in player staff to their respective squads. With neither team able to record a win thus far, the opportunity was up for grabs for either coaches to record their first 3 pointer.
The first few minutes of the match saw City with a slight upper hand which resulted in their opening attempt by Austin Faro but his attempt was saved by Junction goal keeper Shakeel Arendse.
Junction quickly responded when Lucian Johannes found himself with time and space in the City box but he scuffed his shot wide.
The contrasting playing styles was clear to see as the visitors kept their width while trying to draw the opponents inside in an attempt to free up space for those wide players. This did however leave City vulnerable at times when defending as most of the Junction attacks came from the left and right hand side of the field.
Rovers missed a prime opportunity to open the scoring when Sikeurro Sheller and Mikyle Adams failed to communicate with each other inside the small box of the City goal keeper and both attempted to shoot simultaneously and, in the end, fluffed the attempt wide of the posts.
In the 30th minute the tall Cape Town City goal keeper, Sixolisiwe Madolwana, was called into action and saved an attempt by Lwandile Dlokova who only had the keeper to beat to put his side in the lead. Junction Rovers had their fair share of the ball and created opportunities but they lacked the final pass and composure to make those attempts count.
Late in the first half the defence of Junction Rovers was caught napping when Sihle Doyiza guided his curling free kick into the opponents’ area and teammate Faro latched onto the end of it and scored the opening goal taking his side 1-0 up.
Sisonke Lubelwana from City came close to doubling his side’s lead when his shot from outside the Junction box was heading for goal when keeper, Arendse, tipped the attempt over the crossbar.
Just before the halftime whistle Lebelwana had another attempt on target which Arendse got a hand to but this time the shot was too strong for him to save and crossed the goal line to take City 2-0 into the break. The good build up from the middle of the park which led to the attempt made the goal a bit more precious.
Early after the restart Cape Town City were awarded a penalty as the Junction keeper was adjudged to have fouled Luvulo Bhangushe in the penalty area and Sifumba Luphumlo converted from the spot.
Shortly after Junction’s Lucian Johannes, assisted by Mikyle Adams, found the back of the net to get his side on the scoresheet and instill some belief in a comeback. The second half was very different compared to the first as Rovers kept the ball long and influenced the match with substitutions which made an impact in their attack. This aerial ploy had City under pressure and were left defending for many parts of the half.
City had another penalty awarded but Lisakhanyo Mene had his spot kick saved by Arendse. With the match a bit more open, opportunities were created on either side and unfortunately the home side had too many near misses to be able to salvage any points from the encounter.
The match ended with a 4-3 victory to Cape Town City and leaves Junction Rovers firmly rooted at the bottom with 1 point.
Goal scorers were:
Junction Rovers – Lucian Johannes, Marlin Wilters and Vuyisa Sigalelana
Cape Town City – Austin Faro x 2, Sisonke Lubelwana and Sifumba Luphumlo