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Ajax Cape Town beat SuperSport United 5-2

Posted: 5 August 2011 Time: 21:49

Ajax Cape Town got the 2011/12 season off to a thrilling start with a 5-2 drubbing of SuperSport United in the MTN8 quarterfinal on Friday evening.

The match at the Cape Town Stadium was one of two halves as Ajax dominated the first half, before facing some anxious moments late on as the visitors fought their way back, before a late flourish sealed the game for the hosts.

Ajax dominated proceedings in the first half, sending a shell-shocked SuperSport into the break 3-0 down.

The Cape side were onto the offensive from the outset, with SuperSport looking lethargic and lacking in cohesion or rhythm.

Ajax went 1-0 up after nine minutes when Terror Fanteni fashioned space on the edge of the area before sending a stinging drive past Rowen Fernandez at the near post.

On 24 minutes the Urban Warriors doubled their advantage when Matsatsantsa failed to clear the ball from a corner, which saw Clayton Daniels teeing the ball up for Khama Billiat to curl the ball in to the far post.

10 minutes later Ajax were further ahead when debutant Sici Shelembe cut through the centre of the SuperSport defence before emphatically burying an 18-yarder into the bottom corner.

The game seem all but over at half time, but Gavin Hunt’s charges came out firing after the half time break and were soon back in the game, even if their opening goal came rather luckily.

The goal was scored by Thandani Ntshumayelo, although he didn’t know too much about it as Daniels’ clearance smashed into the midfielder and deflected into the net.

That made it 3-1, and on 70 minutes they were right back in the match when Jabu Maluleke’s free-kick left Sean Roberts rooted to the spot.

At 3-2 up the Cape side began to look decidedly shaky in defence, where Roberts’ lack of authority in the air had a ripple effect.

It looked as if Matsatsantsa may well go on to take the game into extra-time, but instead Ajax were to go 4-2 up in the 85th minute, thanks to a Fanteni penalty following Davies Nkausu’s foul on Billiat.

Nkausu’s night was to end prematurely as he continued to argue his case and was sent off for dissent.

There was still time for another goal, Billiat slotting into an empty net after a lovely counter-attack ended with a clever release on goal by an unselfish Lebo Manyama.

Anthony McLennan

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:30 am
Fanteni Man of the Match sies Billiat was robbed because hes from Zim he should hav been the MOM.
posted: 07:33 am
y zebraz fans r bothering them selve wit mighty bucs! Focus on ur own issues 4get abwt us coz we in a campagne titled:LET'S DO IT AGAIN. Up d bucs!!!
posted: 07:43 am
This is not abt zebra or your rats as u call thm ths is abt ajax and supersport
posted: 07:44 am
Wow!!! Is it 4 real 5-2,What a good way 2 start a season but Ajax what u do 2 others shall b done 2 u... Rise Khosi Rise
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:45 am
Ajax is gud, but Pirates is the best, reason, they play with more than 90% local players, dont see any good in a good combination of diferent nationals in a team which does not boost our national team! looking at the mixture of Ajax team, one wonders if Billiat was SA citizen, he's offensive, but its not helping Pitso, but hey their are a gud bunch you just love to watch them move, perfect!
posted: 07:46 am
Ajax do wat amakhosi z going 2 do 2moro against tsudeni, all yellow & green and red coloure are going 2 win 2day & 2moro.Black & white team dnt worry yo cup will be safte at naturena dis czen
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:46 am
bondocean: 2011-08-05 22:19 [ Report ]

What price Santos beat Pirates tomorrow and we have 2 Cape sides in the semis?

yha neh!
posted: 08:06 am
supersport will struggle tis season,more especially with that ageing squad,...they cud have let hunt move on and seek another coach with new methods and style of play...
posted: 08:20 am
Well done Ajax, keep up the good work. For Gavin Hunt, wake up! Build your own team cause the tim dat won lig was Pitso & Tomas' work, not yours!
posted: 08:22 am
its still early days but yerr hunt was humiliated......guys u c what new coaches can do 2 old coaches? The same shall be vv aka vavi.akere they both talk a lot.....buccaneer by nature.
posted: 08:59 am
i didn't see much difference with AJAX from last season they will score lot of goals but they will also conceed a lot for SSU there is a lot to be done especially their defence they will be lucky to make it to the top eight.
posted: 09:15 am
I'm no more surprised why Gould was not signed by Crystal Palace his overrated & he shud warm da bench in Bafana Bafana!
posted: 09:33 am
it depend who want it more and playerz who showz characters, fighting spirit
posted: 09:50 am
Good. we can talk about PSL teams now. pls mr Editor do not talk abt Pirates in ur Coverage, only today.
posted: 10:41 am
The 3ble team will colapse 2nite cape town clubs are here 2 make bzness only and only phefeni boys will rise dis week.Shaaapa kgosi shaapa, Parker & Majoro (PM)SHOW will be live 2morow dnt miss it
posted: 10:55 am
The ssu coach shouild wake up and smell the coffe coz its clear that some of the players are no longer interested in that team
posted: 10:56 am
ssu has probably da most experienced team n' solid sponsors; abo fernandez, laffor, morris, niang etc, yet they never elevate. they don't even ammase good support after all these years. mfcm useless.
posted: 11:17 am
Eish... Sorry gavin, better luck next time.
champ alphar(i love faroka fc nd zebras kit)
posted: 11:35 am
kweeeeeeeeee this SS is gonna cont being a joke wit fernandez as a keeper nd morris as their defender!

posted: 11:39 am
sunflower and pirates will join ajax in the semi and if zebra's make it. All 3 will be hoping to play them in the semi's coz it will be a ticket to the final. Good job ajax we want goals this season. Sea robber
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