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Ajax Cape Town v Free State Stars

Posted: 13 September 2014 Time: 20:06

Ajax Cape Town got their fourth win of the season with a 2-1 defeat of Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.

Tashreeq Morris opened the scoring in the 25th minute before Paulus Masehe bagged an equaliser ten minutes before the break.

But a 40th minute strike from Thabiso Nkoana saw the Urban Warriors claim another valuable three points.

Both sides started the match at a low tempo with Ajax edging the possession stakes, although without creating any real goal scoring chances, as they came up against a determined Stars defence.

Nkoana enjoyed the first clear-cut opportunity of the tie as he smashed the ball goal wards on 11 minutes but Stars stopper Ayanda Mtshali was well placed to make a comfortable stop.

Moffat Mdluli tried his luck with a long-range strike with 24 minutes played but Anssi Jaakkola was happy to let the tame effort fly well wide of the target.

But Morris needed just the one touch to slot home from just outside the six-yard area when presented with a delightful Nkoana ball to score on 25 minutes.

Buoyed by the goal, the home side upped the tempo with Cecil Lolo coming close to an Ajax second with a rasping drive that hit the woodwork.

The missed looked to prove costly as Masehe volleyed home from a 35th minute corner but Nkoana restored his side's lead with a neat finish as he slid in a Lolo cross from close range.

Morris should have added a third just minutes into the second stanza having latched on to a Nkoana pass, but he sent his shot inches wide.

Stars introduced Rudolph Bester in to the action moments later and he so nearly made an immediate impact with a 68th minute free kick but Jaakkola was equal to the effort as he threw himself low to his left to make the save.

It was the visitors who looked the most likely to grab a late goal in the closing stages, with the injury to captain Travis Graham not helping matters, although Ajax had an able replacement in Lance Davids.

And despite Mosa Lebusa seeing his 87th minute shot well saved by Mtshali, Roger De Sa's charges held on as Stars peppered the home defence in the dying minutes of a thoroughly entertaining Premiership clash.

HOME: Ajax Cape Town

Coach: Roger de Sa
Formation: four two three one

AWAY: Free State Stars

Coach: Tom Saintfiet
Formation: three five two

Livefyre comments on this story...

khosi411
posted: 2014-09-13 19:08:27

Silent killer De sa

tselai
posted: 2014-09-13 19:13:59

Remember he use to do this with Wits then second round mathatha! I hope he can go all the way just to bring competition & tension. #Forever Fearless

Bongzbucs
posted: 2014-09-13 20:23:23

RDS the man

Solkezner
posted: 2014-09-13 20:54:50

So Ajax is the only Team challenging Chiefs.....nc nc nc!!!

The One Behind The One
posted: 2014-09-13 23:26:32

De Sa doing a good job at Ajax may he continue in this vein till end of the season

Tsietsi M.
posted: 2014-09-14 03:31:35

I like Da Sa, just give him hungry youth, I mean hungry to learn and play soccer, I don't mean hungry along poverty lines, I'll mention a few youngsters he moulded into stars when he was still at Wits and I would like to be corrected if my list is not accurare, Tsietsi Mahoa, Benson Mhlongo, Rowen Fernandez, Moneeb Josephs, Josta Dladla, Tefu Mashamaite,etc. Rodger was successful and I have a lot of respect for his football abilities and the contribution he is making to our football. Even at Bucs he was successful, he got them to closely smell the 2nd star which nobody did since Mike Makaab back in 1995, some 18 years ago. I may be a KHOSI 4 LIFE, but I know good football when it's being played and I'll give credit when it's due!

WeThinkWeKnowFootball
posted: 2014-09-14 04:45:32

Unbelievable!!! Roger De Sa aka RDS.... YOUTH DEVELOPMENT GURU!!

I am glad Ajax Cape Town has no sponsor, they have limited funds, and only Youth.... This is what you get!

WeThinkWeKnowFootball
posted: 2014-09-14 04:47:12

I am 100% behind this..... Give RDS a Team of youth, you will get results.

@mchangana
posted: 2014-09-14 04:47:23

Well. Done AJAx

ThathaZonke
posted: 2014-09-14 06:27:39

Mike Makaab never won d champions league,it was Ronald Mkhandawirie as a caretaker coach after Joe Finkleton was fired after d first leg of that final which ended 2-2

Ayidle Izishiyele!!!
posted: 2014-09-14 09:45:43

Point taken for instance look at Wits for years dey have been producing talent but now under the ownership of a millionare they are now buying readymade material

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-09-14 09:57:20

Good for ajax and RDS but I know rds, all his teams starts like a house on fire in the first round,  only to run out of steam in the second round, what good is that? The saying goes; "it's not about how well you start only, but also how well you finish!". Need I say more? But let's see if rds's players can keep this up. Time will be the judge of them. Once and always bucs.

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-09-14 10:03:30

Mnyakazo they've got ambition now and looking to challenge for honors, they are not happy just producing the products only for others to reap from their hard work. They still have a lot of younger players in their team, even a few in the starting lineup. They have a good mixture, hunt knows what he's doing, he is after all a 3 time league champion and that was in a row mind you. He's just still looking for the balance. Once and always bucs.

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-09-14 10:05:42

WeThinkWeKnowFootball but no trophies, what results will that be? Watch what happens in the second round of the absa premiership and then we talk. Once and always bucs.

champ enigma
posted: 2014-09-14 10:39:35

Cowditor you are definately smoking your socks. Which pressure are you talking about.Chiefs is still playing football for fun for now. You should see us play we knock the ball around effortlessly. Hell we score for fun. You should see the way we score. Its like in a play station.

BLACKRIDGE
posted: 2014-09-14 12:35:14

Cowditor stop taking expired Ebola tables,what pressure are you talking about now.It's 6 out of 6 for the Gold n Black nation n another 3points looming against Maritzburg,when we done with Rodents

Mabhebhane
posted: 2014-09-14 13:06:54

What pressure?

Editor stop smoking BOXER or Hoshoe

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