PSL Absa Premiership: University of Pretoria vs Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 5 November 2014 Time: 20:39
Ajax Cape Town came crashing down to earth following a 3-0 thumping by University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium on Wednesday.
The Urban Warriors had been on a great run of form, while AmaTuks had yet to win at home, but that all changed thanks to Geoffrey Massa’s brace and another from Thabo Mnyamane.
AmaTuks got off to the perfect start, opening the scoring in the 11th minute through Massa, who prodded in from close range after Khethukuthula Zwane’s corner-kick was chested into his path by Grant Kekana.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors eight minutes later, with Mnyamane doubling the lead. Massa cut infield before setting up the striker, whose first-time effort from the edge of the area left Anssi Jaakkola with no chance.
The hosts continued to create the better chances, with Ajax failing to produce the goods in the final third.
Massa went close to completing his brace on the stroke of half-time, turning his man before hitting a powerful effort straight at Jaakola.
The Urban Warriors looked a different force after the interval and were unfortunate not to pull one back 10 minutes into the second stanza – Dolly’s volley brilliantly blocked by a Tuks defender.
Clifford Mulenga almost made the desired impact off the bench in the 66th minute as his powerful cross-cum-shot from a tight angle had Washington Arubi beaten, but not the crossbar.
Ajax should’ve pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute, but poor finishing let them down. First Travis Graham hit his stinging effort straight at Arubi, before Dolly fluffed the rebound wide of goal.
Massa sealed the deal with a minute of regulation time remaining. A poor clearance from Jaakkola landed favourably for the sturdy striker, who turned and chipped the stranded keeper.
HOME: University of Pretoria
Coach: Steve Barker
Formation: four four two
AWAY: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Roger de Sa
Formation: four two three one