Cape Town City manager Eric Tinkler
Cape Town City FC and Swallows FC played to a 0-0 draw in their MTN8 semi-final first-leg clash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
As it happened | MTN 8 – Cape Town City FC v Swallows FC
It was a good start from City as an opportunistic strike from Terrence Mashego almost crept into the back of the net.
Swallows responded as Thabo Matlaba went on a brilliant run from his own box before finding Ruzaigh Gamildien, who put his effort wide of the target. And then Strydom Wambi hit a low effort which City keeper Hugo Marques did well to keep out.
The Citizens, however, were the team in control and looked high on confidence following their quarter-final win over AmaZulu.
Abubaker Mobara hit the edge of the box, which hit the crossbar and rebounded to safety.
On the stroke of half-time, a long ball over the top found the speedy Craig Martin, who laid it off expertly to Makola and he fired a powerful effort towards goal which grazed the top of the crossbar.
Shortly after half-time, Mobara made an outstanding block and denied a shot by Dillon Solomon.
City were enjoying the majority of the possession, with the Birds looking to execute counter attacking football.
Vries came to Swallows’ rescue as he saved with his knees on the line from Khanyisa Mayo’s effort after he was assisted by Mashego with a cross into the box.
With 15 minutes to go, Martin won a free-kick in a promising position after he was brought down. Shane Roberts’ fierce left-footed strike went inches wide of the right post.
In the 83rd minute, Mduduzi Mdantsane fed Abdul Ajagun and his shot towards the bottom left corner was saved by Vries.
In the end, the sides would have to settle a share of the spoils.