Urban Warriors snatch derby win
Posted: 8 April 2009 Time: 21:45
A dramatic Cape Town derby saw Ajax Cape Town scoring two late goals to earn a 2-1 win over Santos at the Newlands Stadium on Wednesday night.
The first half was relatively evenly balanced, and Ajax could count themselves a bit unlucky to have gone into the break a goal behind.
But a spirited second half performance saw the Urban Warriors peppering the Santos goal on a constant basis until a final 10 minute rally saw them scoring twice in the final 10 minutes..
It wasn’t a classic by any means as the fast tempo throughout the game made for very little eye-pleasing football.
Ajax got off to a positive start, looking sharp up front.
However, it was Santos who took the lead after just four minutes, scoring through Ryan Chapman.
The goal had an element of good fortune about it as Erwin Isaacs, after receiving a cross from Romano Scott, shot weakly across the goal, where the ball reached Chapman at the back post for a relatively simple tap in.
Following the goal, both sides had their fair share of play – for Santos Tawonga Chimodzi and Ryan Chapman looked impressive in midfield, while Ajax did their best to attack down the flanks with Sameehg Doutie, Nazier Allie and Franklyn Cale; there was however no end product for the team in red and white.
While there were plenty of meaty challenges going in from both teams, goal-scoring chances were at a premium – there were few further opportunities on goal.
The few exceptions saw Doutie shooting just over the bar and then Isaacs braking through the centre before firing a 25-yard straight at Andre Petim.
However, a minute before the break, Granwald Scott wasted a great opportunity to level the game when he scooped the ball over the bar from six yards out after Doutie’s cross.
Early second half pressure was applied by Ajax, however, there was nothing that Santos’ makeshift defence could not cope with.
In the 58th minute Scott finally managed to ask a question of Santos goal keeper Francis Chansa with a rasping 25-yard drive, which the DRC shot stopper did just enough to parry to safety.
Ajax then had two great chances to equalise midway through the half, but Chansa did well to save from Scott’s shot across his body, while Cale missed an ever easier chance when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
However, the Urban Warriors’ persistence finally paid dividends when Sifiso Vilakazi beat Chansa in an aerial challenge which saw him getting enough on the ball to direct it into the back of the net.
With 90 minutes on the clock, Cale created the winner when he sprinted down the left before shooting goal-wards from a tight angle – his shot then deflected off Craig Bianchi, past Chansa and into the net.