Cape Town City secured a 2-0 win over Chippa United in an Absa Premiership match at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night.
The win took the Citizens to sixth place in the league standings, while the Chilli Boys remain ninth on the table.
The Chilli Boys enjoyed more ball possession in the opening exchanges, but they found it difficult to unlock the Citizens’ defence.
The hosts grew in confidence as the match progressed with Ayanda Patosi missing the target with a long-range effort in the 14th minute.
Chippa’s defence, which was marshalled by former Orlando Pirates defender James Okwuosa, was under pressure.
With the half-hour mark approaching, Patosi pulled the trigger from range and his effort beat Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to make it 1-0 to City.
The Citizens continued to control the match with Chilli Boys looking dangerous on the counter-attack.
Chippa were awarded a free-kick in a promising area in the 38th minute after Paseka Mako was fouled by City keeper Sage Stephens.
Andile Mbenyane then stepped up and he was denied by Stephens from the set-piece as the visitors looked to restore parity.
However, the Citizens doubled their lead through Lyle Lakay, who scored with a beautiful curling free-kick to make it 2-0.
The hosts continued to attack after the restart as they looked to extend their lead, but they were wasteful in front of goal.
City striker Judas Moseamedi, who has struggled for form this season, saw his well-taken shot saved by Chippa keeper Akpeyi on the hour-mark.
Bradley Ralani then broke down the left-hand side, but the City attacking midfielder missed the target from close range.
The Chilli Boys then took control of the match, but Mark Mayambela and his teammates struggled to create clear-cut chances in the final third.
But Mxolisi Macuphu came very close to pulling one back for the visitors in the 79th minute when his header hit the crossbar with Stephens well-beaten.
City coach Benedict ‘Benni’ McCarthy introduced defender Kwanda Mngonyama for Moseamedi in the closing stages of the game as the hosts looked to contain Chippa.
The hosts then stood firm at the back and, ultimately, City ran out 2-0 winners over Chippa on the night.