Rangers advance to Rothmans Quarter Final
Manning Rangers earned a place in the quarterfinals of the Rothman's Cup soccer competition on Sunday when they beat Mother City in a penalty shootout 4-3 after a a goalless match in perfect conditions at Cape Town's Athlone Stadium.
Rangers can thank their goalkeeper, Grant Johnson, who saved three penalties - although six were taken - and also made several excellent saves during the match. In the 8th minute, Liswa Nduti's low shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Ryan Wust. In the 18th minute, a good 1-2 between Gilbert Mushangazhike and Bruce Ramokadi saw the latter's shot from seven metres fly past the upright.
Mother City was doing most of the attacking, but kept being caught in the offside trap.
In the 23rd minute, Hermias Nel put over a pinpoint cross to Motlalentoa Selepe, but he kicked weakly, straight to Grant Johnson. The visitors came close in the 32nd minute when Fees Moloi put a ball into the box and Gilbert Mushangazhike's shot was cleared off the line by Nel. Four minutes later, Alton Meiring should have opened the score for City, but his weak shot hit the upright and came out. The visitors missed an easy chance in the 42nd minute when Japhet Zwane, with an open goal at his mercy, shot wide.
Rangers came out full of attack in the second half. In the 46th minute, Ndudi's shot hit the upright and a minute later, Mushangazhike's header went just wide of it. The homeside gradually took control and in the 65th minute Nel crossed and Selepe's hard drive went wide.
In the 68th minute Selepe's cross went tantilisingly close to the goal-line, but Meiring could not reach out to tap it in, with Johnson out of his goals. At other end, Kerryn Jordan lobbed with Wust out of his goals, but the ball went just past the upright.
Scorers: for Rangers - Helder Muiangia, Nduti, Isaac Kungwane and Jordan. For City: Randal Arendse, Nel and Humphrey Mkwane. - Sapa