Palace, Sporting battle for Cape Town Cup honours


Palace, Sporting battle for Cape Town Cup honours
Gelson Martins of Sporting Lisbon evades challenge from Riyaad Norodien of Ajax Cape Town during the 2015 Cape Town Cup Football Match between Ajax Cape Town and Sporting Lisbon at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 24 July 2015

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jul 26, 2015. 11:33

Crystal Palace and Sporting Club de Portugal will do battle for top honours at the inaugural Cape Town Cup.

The two teams beat South African opposition to book their place in Sunday's final.

Alan Pardew's men ran riot in the first-half, with goals from Mile Jedinak, Chung-yong Lee, Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell guiding the English Premier League club to a comfortable 4-0 win over SuperSport United.

Sporting had a tougher time of it, edging hosts Ajax Cape Town 4-2 on penalties after the game ended all square at 2-2 after the 90.

Carlos Mane and Ruben Semeda scored for Portuguese outfit while Cecil Lolo and Franklin Cale netted for Roger de Sa's troops.

Wifried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Glenn Murray were not involved for the Eagles on Friday due to injury, but Pardew is hopeful that he will be able to call on his star trio on Sunday.

Palace kick-off their season against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday 8 August while Jorge Jesus will face former club Benfica in the Portuguese Super Cup a day later.

The Cape Town Cup final is scheduled to get underway at 15:30 at the Cape Town Stadium.