Cape Town City kept alive their title hopes when local boy Craig Martin scored the only goal of the match in a convincing 1-0 over local rival Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
The victory was a quarter in a row for City at IKapa Derby, with Ajax, who had Gerald Takwara with the red card in the first half, to score a goal, as his relegation problems continued with a fourth defeat in five games.
Coach Benni McCarthy also earned the bragging rights of his side in what is an accessory that not only divides a city, but a family, with John Comitis able to get another victory in his fight with his brother-in-law, the CEO of Ajax, Ari Efstathiou.
As expected, there was a fire in the excavation also among the coaches as McCarthy and Muhsin Ertugral of Ajax had to be retained by their players when tempers faded in the second half. The first was finally sent to the stands.
The match was delayed 15 minutes after the chaos in the turnstiles, but when it started it was a cautious start.
Excellent work by Ayanda Patosi and Martin to Nigerian striker Victor Obinna for a chance to head on the back post, but could only divert him from the goal.
The city dominated the possession in the first part of the game and it was unfortunate not to lead when Taariq Fielies is excellent. The Ajax defense was perfect for Martin, who ran clear and cut the ball past goalkeeper Brandon Petersen.
There was a silence around the ground when the ball dribbled towards the goal, but it bounced off the post and Ajax was able to clear. 19659002] Soon after, Ndiviwe Mdabuka came up close when he should have hit the mark.
Fielies took one for the team just before the half-hour when Tashreeq Morris threatened to pull off to the right and was run over by the city defender, who received a deserved reserve but potentially prevented his team from conceding the first goal.
Veteran Teko Modise found time and space 35 yards from the goal, but his shot was just a goal, while the excellent Edmilson was a constant threat to City from the left side and almost chose Obinna with another tempting cross .
City should have led six minutes before the break when they again found Ajax's defense, but with time and only Petersen to beat, Thabo Nodada saw his shot saved.
Ajax was reduced to 10 men when Takwara received two yellow cards in two minutes, a crucial moment in the game.
But it was the Urban Warriors who had an excellent opportunity to take the lead before the break when a swift counterattack by right-back Sirgio Kammies on the edge of the box but he flashed the wide ball from a central position.
The city finally had the deserved leadership early in the second half when Martin got the ball home from a cross from Patosi to the second post, his second goal of the season.
Substitute Lyle Lakay then put the ball on a plate for Nodada in the back post, but the diminutive midfielder went wide of goal and Modise forced a good save from Petersen with a free-kick in the final minutes.
Other PSL weekend results:
Friday, January 19, 2018:
Bidvest Wits 1 – 0 Bloemfontein Celtic  Saturday, January 20, 2018:
Cape Town 1 – 0 Ajax Cape Town
Stars of the Free State 0 – 3 Maritzburg United