Ajax go top of Premiership
Posted: 28 January 2011 Time: 22:42
Ajax Cape Town have moved to the top of the Absa Premiership after a 2-0 victory over Moroka Swallows at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.
The Urban Warriors were always in control of the game, yet spurned a number of excellent opportunities before Brent Carelse and Sameehg Doutie netted in the second half to seal the points.
The opening period was largely uninspiring, save for pockets of excellence from Ajax, and some meaty challenges from Swallows.
Thulani Serero and Granwald Scott had shots saved by Greg Etafia in the Swallows goal, while Thulani Hlatswayo might have done better at the back post when he met the ball with his head, but could only put the effort wide.
Ajax were dealt a blow when Terror Fanteni limped out of the game on 28 minutes as Swallows' physical tactics began to pay dividends, while the Urban Warriors' Carelse was shown a yellow card for simulation when the referee might just as easily awarded a penalty after a challenge from Vuyo Mere.
Fanteni's replacement, Doutie, somehow missed a glorious chance at the start of the second half when he put the ball wide from four yards with the goal at his mercy following a great knock-down from Hlatswayo.
The goal finally did come on 67 minutes though when Man of the Match Serero was allowed to get the better of the defender on the right, and his square-ball from the byline was easily turned home by Carelse.
Ajax had a massive shout for a penalty soon afterwards as Serero looked to be impeded as he went for Doutie's cross, but there was nothing given by referee Robert Sithole, much to the dismay of the home side.
Serero slipped in Doutie down the right and the latter's shot was well kept out by Etafia, which was the start of a mad few minutes that led up to the second goal for Ajax.
First Hlatswayo and Lebogang Manyama missed one-on-one chances with the keeper, before the brilliant Serero squared a pass for Doutie, and the winger kept his composure to score.