Ajax Cape Town beat Platinum Stars 3-2
Posted: 15 February 2012 Time: 22:29
Ajax Cape Town came from two goals down to secure a dramatic 3-2 win over Platinum Stars at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.
Trailing 2-0 with two minutes to go, the Urban Warriors produced some magic as goals from Lebohang Manyana, Matthew Booth and Cecil Lolo.
The Cape side were out the blocks quickest, showing promise early on in their build-ups, but failing to threaten in front of goal.
There was a half chance for Brent Carelse after 12 minutes, but he was unable to convert Khama Billiat’s cross from the right wing.
Dikwena struggled for fluency in the first 20 minutes, yet somewhat against the run of play they took the lead in the 21st minute when Sibusiso Msomi took the ball of George Maluleka and picked out the top corner from an acute angle.
Nhlanhla Vilakazi should have levelled matters for the home side in the 35th minute, but took one turn too many and the chance went a-begging.
Two minutes later the Urban Warriors had their numbers reduced to 10 after Paul Rusike was red-carded for what appeared to be dissent.
Stars made it 2-0 on 67 minutes when Thuso Phala netted from close range after the Ajax defence was left wide open.
Dikwena looked to have the game in the bag, but the home side were given a chance in the 82nd minute when Ntsikelelo Nyauza took down Billiat in the box – red card and a penalty. Manyama comfortably converted from the spot to give the Cape side hope.
Booth then fired home from close range in the 91st minute after Billiat’s ball across the goal, before Lolo turned out to be the unlikely hero, popping up in the 95th minute to score a deflected goal after a goalmouth scramble.