Swallows stun Ajax with win
Posted: 24 January 2009 Time: 22:23
Ajax Cape Town were sunk by a last minute goal from substitute Shaun Haschick as they lost 1-0 to Moroka Swallows at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday night.
It was the Telkom Cup champions who were on top for most of the game, but the lack of a clinical finishing touch up front proved costly as they lost three vital PSL points.
The home side took the early initiative, pushing numbers into the Swallows half and disrupting Swallows with quick closing down.
Franklin Cale looked threatening down the left wing as he gave Swallows defender Vincent Kobola a run for his money, but unfortunately for Ajax, there was little in the way of a final product with a result that chances remained at a premium.
It was Kobola though who had Swallows’ best chance of the half when he set of with a storming run down the wing before cleverly beating his man; his parting shot did not however provide too much trouble for Ajax keeper Andre Petim.
Ajax have shown themselves to be dangerous from set pieces this season and it was a 25th minute free kick that presented them with their first real chance of the half when Brett Evans’ delivery picked out Clayton Daniels, who only managed to shoot weakly at goal.
Right at the end of the half Evans himself looked set to open the scoring with a powerful shot from just outside the box, but Swallows keeper Greg Etafia pulled off a sensational diving save to ensure the score remained 0-0 at half time.
Ajax striker Joseph Masel was guilty of countless off-side discretions in the first half and his inability to read Swallows’ defensive line came back to haunt him in the 52nd minute when he had the ball in the back of the net, only to have the goal ruled off-sides.
Having had a quiet first half, Urban Warriors striker Sifiso Vilakazi looked more lively in the second half as he forced a save out of Etafia in the 53rd minute and then failed to make proper contact with Dipsy Selolwane’s great cross in the 60th minute.
Ajax had a penalty appeal turned down in the 63rd minute when Selolwane’s thunderous shot appeared to strike a Swallows player on the arm, before they wasted the best chance of the game to score when Masel failed to guide the ball into an empty net after Etafia totally miss-judged Eduardo Ferreira’s ball into the box.
The home side remained in charge for the balance of the game, but seemed to run out of ideas as the Swallows defence held firm.
And then they went on to suffer a cruel blow as Haschick took advantage of a mistake in the Ajax defence and ran through on goal unhindered to slot the ball past Petim for a 91st minute winner.
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