Premier Soccer League Ajax Cape Town Bloemfontein Celtic
Posted: 26 November 2014 Time: 21:30
Ajax Cape Town beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in the League on Wednesday, with Granwald Scott scoring a stunning decider in the Mother City.
Scott struck with a 30-yard scorcher in the 39th minute at a rainy Cape Town Stadium.
It was a close game which saw both sides having chances on the night, with Ajax goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola notably making some great saves late on.
Apart from an early free-kick from Keegan Ritchie which just missed the target and a Thabiso Nkoana close-range effort which was saved by Patrick Tignyemb, there was little in the way of goalmouth action during the opening 20 minutes.
As the half progressed, the Urban Warriors began to stamp their authority on the possession and territory stats, but the best they could muster on goal was a couple of off-target shots from Nathan Paulse and later Milton Ncube, whose 30th minute effort brushed the side-netting.
It was however the home side who were to take what was arguably a deserved lead, shortly before break, when Bantu Mzwakali rolled the ball into the path of Granwald Scott, who thundered a shot into the top corner from 25-yards out, giving Tignyemb no chance at all.
Nkoana had the first chance of the second half, sending a shot arrowing towards the top corner 10 minutes after the restart, but Tignyemb had his angles well covered.
Celtic’s best chance of the game came on 66 minutes when substitute Gregory Maasdorp broke clean through on goal, firing in a powerful effort only to see Jaakkola make a top-class reflex save.
There was a half chance for Ajax on 72 minutes when Cecil Lolo nearly snuck in to score at the back post, while 10 minutes later Tashreeq Morris should have extended the Cape side’s lead when he created time and space for himself in the box, but his parting shot skimmed over the crossbar.
Phunya Sele Sele could have grabbed a goal in the 90th minute, but Jaakkola was again on hand to preserve Ajax’s slender lead when he blocked Lerato Lamola’s stinging shot.
HOME: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Roger de Sa
Formation: three five two
AWAY: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Ernst Middendorp
Formation: four three one two