Ajax top of the table after win over Arrows
Posted: 15 April 2011 Time: 22:04
Ajax Cape Town kept their title hopes alive with a commanding display at Newlands Stadium on Friday night, beating Golden Arrows 3-1.
Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thulani Serero and George Maluleka got three for Ajax, before Arrows pulled one back with a Collins Mbesuma penalty.
The Cape team proved just too hot for Arrows, who offered little in attack.
Ajax dominated early play with Arrows happy to sit back, soak up the pressure and try and break on the counter-attack.
The Cape side, however, struggled to test the Arrows defence, who were well organised early on, after Mseketi Mvalo was replaced by Mzivzukile Tom, having been torn to pieces by Sameehg Doutie early on.
Ajax’s more ambitious play was rewarded in the 21st minute when Hlatshwayo netted his first ever goal in the Premiership when he sunk a 16-yard header from Brent Carelse’s corner.
Soon after, Terror Fanteni had a goal ruled off-side.
The KZN side waited until the last two minutes of the opening half before bursting to life when Norizaku Murakami tested Andre Petim with a powerful free-kick which was heading towards the top corner, and then Collins Mbesuma came close with a header.
Ajax needed the cushion of a second goal and it came in the 53rd minute via the irrepressible Serero, who was too quick for several Arrows defenders as he skipped past them and blasted in a shot at the near post with his left foot.
In the 63rd minute it was 3-0 as Maluleka scored from right on the line after Siphamandla Ntombela failed to deal propetly with Serero’s initial shot.
The Durban side were able to pull a goal back when Mbesuma netted an 83rd minute penalty.
But there was no hope of a comeback – in fact it was Ajax who nearly netted another goal through Clayton Daniels.