Ryan Moon keeps Kaizer Chiefs' title hopes alive
Ryan Moon continued to sustain Kaizer Chiefs among Absa Premiership title chasers when his goal moved Amakhosi to second spot and gave them a vital victory over Cape Town City at FNB Stadium last night.
The victory kept Chiefs' title hopes alive, reducing the gap between Steve Komphela's team and Mamelodi Sundowns to four points with nine matches left for Amakhosi.
Moon has been a constant hero for Chiefs of late, his 47th-minute strike last night being the fourth of the season in six matches.
The young striker, who could have scored a hat-trick last night, is now Amakhosi's leading scorer despite having started to play only this year after beginning the season with an injury.In a match that had many clear-cut chances for both sides in the second half, Moon's goal had fortune written all over it.
He was at the end of his partner Leonardo Castro's pass in the box, with City defender Tara Fielies guilty of letting a harmless ball go past him and freeing Moon to beat his keeper Sage Stephens with a low shot.
The Citizens coach, Benni McCarthy, applied a cautious approach, starting with only Matthew Rusike up front, only supported by Thabo Nodada and wingers Lyle Lakay and Craig Martin only when they had the ball.
City's plan was not to help their own title ambitions in the end as the defeat left them seven points off Sundowns.
McCarthy's counterpart Komphela decided to start with the team that defeated Golden Arrows 3-0 here in a cup game last week.Siphelele Ntshangase and Willard Katsande had chances to score for Chiefs in the first half, but their haste let them down.
The only real save was produced by Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune, who did well to parry Teko Modise's 20m scorcher away for a corner.
Given both teams' lack of scoring in the league despite their lofty position on the log, a high-scoring affair was never on the cards.
When these teams met in round one in Cape Town in September, Chiefs won 2-0, courtesy of Siphiwe Tshabalala and debutant Wiseman Meyiwa's goals.