Ajax Cape Town get maximum points
Posted: 8 September 2010 Time: 21:58
Ajax Cape Town beat Moroka Swallows 3-2 in an exciting League encounter on Wednesday evening.
The Ajax goals were scored by a Thembinkosi Fanteni brace and a goal by Thulani Serero while Giorgi Nergadze and Shaun Haschick scored for Swallows.
Swallows had Thomas Cichon sent off in the 88th minute for a second bookable offence.
Swallows asked questions early on: one minute into the game, Giorgi Nergadze connected a well taken free kick from Keegan Ritchie, but Hans Vonk used his experience well to fist the ball over the bar.
Ajax Cape Town excelled, took control and asserted themselves in the middle of the park. They looked dangerous on a few raids they launched and had the home side’s rearguard reeling as they piled on the pressure.
Swallows’ keeper, Aubrey Mathibe, produced a great save in the 25th minute to deny Thulani Serero what could have been an opener for his side.
However, one minute later, Thembinkosi Fanteni put his side on the driving seat after receiving an inviting pass from Khama Billiat.
Swallows resorted to long balls in a bid to catch Ajax’s defence off guard, but their efforts were thwarted by the uncompromising defence of Clayton Daniels and Lizo Mjempu.
Ajax increased their tally to two when, in the 36th minute, Swallows’ Nergadze was adjudged to have handled in the box and referee Victor Hlungwane pointed to the spot. From that resultant spot kick, Thembinkosi Fanteni made no mistake to score his second of the day.
However, Swallows pulled one back after Nergadze connected an inviting corner kick from Keegan Ritchie before beating Vonk with a beautiful header in the 40th minute. The score was 2-1 to Ajax at the break.
Swallows applied more pressure after the break in an attempt to level matters, but the visitors’ defence stood firm.
Realising that time was running out, Swallows coach Rainer Zobel introduced Lwazi Skosana for Mfundo Shumana in the 46th minute.
The move seemed to have paid dividends, as Swallows surged forward and it came as no surprise when Shaun Haschick scored with a bullet-like shot from outside the Ajax danger area in the 63rd minute.
However, Swallows’ joy was short-lived. Ajax were hell-bent on destroying their opponents towards the end of the match, when it became obvious that the game needed a touch of class to decide it. It was fitting that Serero was the man who eventually provided it for the Urban Warriors in the 68th minute.
To add salt into the Birds’ wounds, German defender Thomas Cichon was red carded for a second bookable offence in the 88th minute.
Nevertheless, Swallows tried all they could to get that important equaliser, but Ajax did not let the grip on their lead to slip. They soldiered on until the last whistle.