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Back-to-back wins for Spurs as they beat Rockets

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Two quick-fire goals from the hosts helped the Urban Warriors move to within three points of 15th-placed Richards Bay.

Ashley Cupido of Cape Town Spurs celebrates his goal during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 football match against TS Galaxy at Athlone Stadium on 3 March 2024. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Smiso Msomi

Cape Town Spurs (2) 2

Cupido 12’ Maphathe 27’

TS Galaxy 0

Cape Town Spurs secured their second league win in a row as they downed TS Galaxy 2-0 at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday.

Two quick-fire goals from the hosts helped the Urban Warriors move to within three points of 15th-placed Richards Bay.

Galaxy stayed in seventh place in the DStv Premiership after suffering their first loss of 2024.

The Urban Warriors seemed to carry the momentum from their last league encounter into this match as they began like a house on fire and deservedly took the lead in the 12th minute. Ashley Cupido scored his sixth goal of the season as she showed great poise and composure to control a Gabriel Michael cross and slot a powerful shot past Fiacre Ntwarin.

Ernst Middendorp on the Spurs bench might have felt like he was in dreamland when his boys doubled their advantage in the 27th minute through an unfamiliar name in Katlego Maphathe.

The experienced defender somehow managed to find room in a packed Galaxy box and blasted in his side’s second, and his first in Spurs colours following his January transfer to Cape Town.

The Mpumalanga-based Rockets have had some fine recent showings, dominating the headlines in the last week or so for their fine recent form, as well as head coach Sead Ramovic’s plea for more recognition for his side.

Ramovic deployed the experienced Marks Munyai at right back in place of youngster Puso Dithejane, anticipating a battle away at a Spurs side desperate for points.

Possession was shared equally in the first stanza. It was, however, a very entertaining opening half, with end-to-end action, as both teams registered more than six attempts at goal.

Having gone two goals down inside 30 minutes, the Galaxy coach rang three emergency changes as Munyai, Thato Khiba and Lindokuhle Mbatha made way for Nkosikhona Radebe, Mlungisi Mbunjana and Samir Nurkovic.

Serbian Nurkovic thought he won his side a penalty in the 62nd minute, but referee Thabo Mkhabela reversed his decision after consulting with his assistant Romario Phiri. The right decision was made in the end.

The recent arrival of Tshepo Gumede in the heart of the Spurs defence reaped immediate dividends as he marshalled his side at the back to keep Galaxy out.

With Richards Bay having dropped points on Saturday, the emphasis was on Spurs to try close the gap in points between the two sides.

Middendorp will now take his boys to the Orlando Stadium next as they target a famous double over Orlando Pirates.

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