Sporting Lisbon celebrate winning the 2015 Cape Town Cup Final Football Match between Sporting Lisbon and Crystal Palace at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 26 July 2015 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Sunday Jul 26, 2015. 17:36
Sporting Clube de Portugal claimed the inaugural Cape Town Cup with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.
Second-half substitute Fredy Montero scored a brace for the Portuguese cup winners, who leave the Mother City as deserved winners.
Earlier on the day, SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town played to a 1-1 stalemate to share the bronze medal.
Crystal Palace went close to the opener early on with Jordan Mutch capitalizing on poor defending before his shot from range brought the best out Rui Patrício, who got down well to deny the midfielder with two minutes on the clock.
Having successfully escaped the early scare, Sporting would dominate most of the first half with the Portuguese outfit failing to profit from a succession of set-pieces.
Palace though are potent on the break and looked sure to score in the 17th minute,but Paulo Oliviera provided a vital touch to take Pape Souaré's cracking cross away from Glen Murray.
Alex McCarthy endured a nervy opening few minutes for his new club, but the former Queens Park Range shot stopper showed his worth with a top save to deny Jefferson from a free-kick seven minutes before the break.
The game was a more lively affair following the interval with goal-scoring opportunities at either end throughout the 45.
Montero broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, with a precise free-kick. The Colombians effort hit the crossbar and McCarthy before nestling into the back of the net.
James McArthur should've leveled matters moments later, but his left-footed effort was kept out by the impressive Patricio.
The Portugal international had to be at his best once again in the 77th minute, this time to deny Scott Dann who's header attempt looked destined for the back of the net.
Montero made sure of the result with four minutes of regulation time remaining, the 27-year old with a cool finish following a lung busting run by Algerian stirker Islam Slimani.