Birds inflict more pain on Ajax
Posted: 10 February 2010 Time: 22:13
Ajax Cape Town came unstuck against a Gauteng side for the second time in three days as they went down 2-1 to Moroka Swallows at the Olympia Stadium on Wednesday night.
The goals were scored by Siyabonga Nomvete and Auguston Leonard for Swallows, and Lance Davids for Ajax.
Aofr Ajax, the loss followed their 1-0 loss to Sundowns on Sunday, while for Swallows it was third time lucky as they recorded their first win after the restart of the Absa Premiership.
First half spoils were relatively even, with Ajax enjoying chances early on and Swallows having the better of the latter stages of the half, during which time Siyabonga Nomvete found the back of the net.
Ajax's first opportunities fell the way of Thulani Serero and Nhlanhla Shabalala, but both failed to pose any threat to Swallows keeper Greg Etafia.
Having missed an earlier chance, Nomvete made no mistake in the 33rd minute when he powered home Keegan Ritchie's corner kick with a close range header.
The Birds remained on top, searching out a second goal through Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Auguston Leonard, but the score remained 1-0 as the teams went into the break.
It didn’t take too long in the second half however before the scoreboard was altered, and to the dismay of the home fans, it was Ajax who were the scorers as Lance Davids slammed home a 25-yard free kick to level the game; 1-1 after 48 minutes.
But just five minutes later the Birds were flying high again as Leonard netted with a low shot from inside the box.
The Cape Town team never really looked like getting back into the contest after that, especially with Diyo Sibisi not on-song in front of goal.
Indeed, the Birds remained pretty much untroubled until the final whistle, although Nathan Paulse could have ensured a point had he done better with a 88th minute header.