Cape Town City defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0 at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening to claim the last quarterfinal berth in the Nedbank Cup.
Ayanda Patosi scored the only goal as the Citizens joined Mamelodi Sundowns, Bloemfontein Celtic, Maritzburg United, Kaizer Chiefs, Baroka FC, Free State Stars and Ubuntu Cape Town in the final eight.
City looked bright and breezy early on, but in the eighth minute they were lucky not to go behind when they lost the ball near their own penalty area and Justin Shonga was able to get away a shot which rebounded off the inside of Sage Stephens’s right-hand post.
Two minutes later Ayanda Patosi forced Siyabonga Mpontshane into an awkward save with a dipping long-range shot, with Roland Putsche not quite able to turn home the rebound, while the Bucs ‘keeper was again called into action on the quarter hour mark to keep out a Thamsanqa Mkhize header from a corner kick.
Those opportunities sparked a spell of dominance for the hosts, who regularly flooded forward in numbers but lacked the quality and precision in the final third to really slice open Pirates’ defence, leaving the game goalless at the break.
The Citizens finally clicked into top gear 10 minutes into the second half, as Bradley Ralani played a fine low cross to find the late run of Patosi, who cracked the ball home with a first-time shot to put the Cape side in the ascendancy.
Pirates responded with a double change, as Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Morrison were replaced by Thabo Qalinge and Augustine Mulenga, and just past the hour mark they nearly equalised when the latter substitute saw his goal-bound header saved by a combination of Teko Modise and Stephens on the line.
The City ‘keeper made another important contribution on 78 minutes when he saved with his feet after Shonga had turned his defender and got a shot away from a tight angle on the right side of the penalty area.
Pirates continued to build pressure in the dying stages, but they were unable to find a way back into the game, leaving City to complete the line-up for Thursday’s quarterfinal draw.