Penal­ties for cer­tain teams, says un­happy Benni

Pretoria News - - SPORTS - MIKE DE BRUYN

CAPE TOWN CITY coach Benni McCarthy has never been one to hold back his thoughts when it comes to ref­er­ees.

His lat­est gripe comes after his team 2-2 draw with lowly Baroka FC in a highly en­ter­tain­ing Premier League clash at the Cape Town Sta­dium on Satur­day night.

The Cit­i­zens took a 1-0 into half­time but five min­utes after the restart they con­ceded a sloppy goal and then came the penalty in the 55th minute that left him con­fused.

Cen­tre-back Thato Mokeke was ad­judged by the ref­eree to have han­dled the ball in the big box, and he can feel hard done by, it was more a case of ball to hand than hand to ball. “The penalty de­ci­sions that have gone against leaves me won­der­ing how the rules work.

“It looks like its penal­ties for cer­tain teams and no penal­ties for oth­ers,” he said.

“But we kept our com­po­sure and fought hard to draw level, which we did with five min­utes to go, and then we went full out for the win­ner and went close.”

The re­sult sees the Cit­i­zens move up a place to sixth on the 16-team ta­ble while Bak­gaga re­main in 14th.

The two clubs ar­rived in the PSL in 2016/17 and have since squared off six times, with Baroka com­ing out on top on three oc­ca­sions, their last tri­umph earned at the start of the sea­son (2-1), while City boast one win (3-0) reg­is­tered in 2017.

On this oc­ca­sion City let two points slip away, says McCarthy. “Yes, we de­served more than a share of the spoils be­cause we dom­i­nated the game.

“But when you fall be­hind against a de­fen­sive side like Baroka you are ask­ing for trou­ble. Credit to my play­ers for fight­ing hard again and giv­ing it there all.

“I can’t fault this per­for­mance both on at­tack and de­fence, we were good on both fronts, but we must guard against drop­ping our guard at cru­cial times.”

City’s open­ing goal just be­fore half­time is also up for de­bate.

At­tack­ing for­ward Ayanda Patosi was cred­ited with it but his fel­low for­ward Siphelele Mthembu has ev­ery right to claim it, after his glanc­ing header mo­ments had breached the goalline - tele­vi­sion re­plays showed the en­tire cir­cum­fer­ence of the ball was over the line.

It is a mat­ter for Safa’s re­view com­mit­tee to sort out as both men are in the hunt for the Golden Boot award that goes to the com­pe­ti­tion’s lead­ing goal scorer at the con­clu­sion of the sea­son. Patosi’s tally would rise to five while Mthembu would move to six if given it.

City will be back in ac­tion on Wed­nes­day host­ing strug­gling Free State Stars (7.30pm kick­off), who picked up a rare 2-1 vic­tory away at Mar­itzburg United.

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GIFT Links of Cape Town City loses pos­ses­sion after be­ing chal­lenged by Te­bogo Sodi of Baroka FC dur­ing the Absa Premier­ship game be­tween Cape Town City and Baroka FC. |

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