Fagrie Lakay claimed the match ball and the plaudits after his hat-trick inspired Cape Town City to a 4-1 victory over Golden Arrows at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday evening.
Lakay bagged a quick-fire brace of goals early in the first half before Tashreeq Morris added a third on 63 minutes to give4 City a three-goal cushion.
Knox Mutizwa managed to reduce the deficit with a well-struck free-kick, only for Lakay to net his third of the evening from the penalty spot deep in injury time.
The first half proved to be an action-packed affair as the Citizens forged an early two-goal lead, with Arrows rallying in the closing stages of the half as they looked to reduce the deficit.
The Citizens claimed the lead after just nine minutes of play, Lakay drilling a low shot into the bottom-right corner to set the tone for the Cape outfit.
Arrows were still reeling from the opening goal when City struck again just three minutes later, Lakay bagging his second of the game after finding the top-right corner from the right-hand side of the box.
Steve Komphela's men responded by creating two chances in quick succession but both come to nothing as the City defence blocked efforts from Ntsako Makhubela and Knox Mutizwa.
Arrows kept prodding and probing but shots from Divine Lunga and Gladwin Shitolo failed to hit the target, while Seth Parusnath saw his long-range effort kept out by Peter Leeuwenburgh in the Cape Town City goal.
Jan Olde Riekerink's men went close to adding a third in first-half injury time but Mduduzi Mdatsene was unable to find a way past Arrows keeper Sifiso Mlungwana.
However, City would eventually get the third goal they were searching for just after the hour mark, Tashreeq Morris latching onto a neat pass from Bradley Ralani before slotting the ball past Mlungwana and into the back of the net.
Arrows didn't let their heads drop, though, and they would eventually claw one back in the 74th minute, Mutizwa finding the bottom-left corner with a sumptuous free-kick.
But it was a case of too little, too late as the Citizens were able to see out the remaining ten minutes with relative ease.
Siboniso Conco's shot from an acute angle was blocked by the City defence, while Parusnath was again denied by Leeuwenburgh after letting fly from range.
And Riekerink's side rubbed further salt in the wounds of Abafana Bes'thende as Lakay completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Thamsanqa Mkhize was brought down in the area by Siya Ndlovu.
- TEAMtalk media