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Ajax on track for title defence

Posted: 14 March 2010 Time: 17:47

Ajax Cape Town moved through to the Telkom Cup last eight after beating Moroka Swallows 1-0 at the Newlands Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Ajax were on top for most of the first half, keeping the Birds pinned back in their own half with some enterprising attacks, but only got the winner in extra time, as Granwald Scott turned home a Sameehg Doutie cross.

However, their forays forward remained unrewarded as Swallows ensured their box was not penetrated, leaving the likes of Stanton Lewis, Granwald Scott, Dipsy Selolwane and Nathan Paulse to have a go from around the edge of the area, but none of them were able to extend keeper Aubrey Mathibe.

For the visiting team, Lefa Tsustsulupa and Phumelele Bhengu were the only two players to get shots in on goal, but neither created any serious problems for Ajax keeper Hans Vonk.

Swallows started the second half with more purpose and Sibusiso Khumalo fired a 20-yard shot over the bar in the 55th minute and then Auguston Leonard had a low drive palmed away by Vonk.

Selolwane wasted a 69th minute effort from a central position when he dragged his shot wide.

In the 78th minute Swallows looked set to pull in front when Collins Mbesuma raced into the box, but Vonk made a brilliant stop.

Clayton Daniels was denied a winner in the 90th minute when his header from Sameehg Doutie’s corner rebounded off the upright.

The game went into extra time and Swallows’ Morgan Shivambu wasted a fantastic chance to put the Birds ahead in the 105th minute when too much hesitancy allowed Vonk to nip in an make a brave stop.

With penalties looming, Scott ensured Ajax did not have to face the lottery of a shoot-out as his calmly turned home Doutie’s excellent 115th minute cross to win the game for Ajax.

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