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Golden Arrows beat Ajax Cape Town in Telkom Knockout quarter-final

Posted: 6 November 2011 Time: 16:49

Golden Arrows took their chances, beating Ajax Cape Town 2-1 for a semi-final place in the Telkom Knockout.

Thanduyise Khuboni and Thamsanqa Gabuza scored for the visitors, while Granwald Scott got the only goal for the Urban Warriors.

The home side held most of the possession in the opening minutes of the match with George Maluleka asking a lot of questions, but the Arrows defence provided the answers.

The first chance fell for Brent Carelse in the 12th minute when he fired a shot from long range but his effort went straight to the middle where Helton da Rocha was positioned to make the save.

Ajax had two more half-chances, firstly through a well-taken shot by Maluleka, which just missed the crossbar, and a tame header from Carelse three minutes later.

The deadlock was broken in the 32rd minute when Arrows were awarded a penalty as Thulani Hlatshwayo fouled Dillon Sheppard inside the box.

Captain Khuboni took the responsibility and fired the visitors ahead by sending Sander Westerveld the wrong way.

Arrows had two chances to extend their lead, with Gabuza shooting over the bar in the 39th minute before seeing another effort blocked by Westerveld two minutes later.

Ajax drew level 10 minutes after break when Carelse took advantage of some indecisive defending and set the ball up for substitute Granwald Scott to side foot into the back of the net.

Khama Billiat came close for the visitors but Da Rocha did well to save his ground shot in the 70th minute, and then another curled effort six minutes later.

The winning goal arrived in the 81st minute when Gabuza got ahead of the defender to flick a Sheppard shot into the back of the net.

Muhsin Ertugral's men had to endure a lot of pressure from Ajax in the final moments of the game and, despite some desperate defending at times, they held on to reach the semi-finals.


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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:08 pm
On paper, Ajax look so much stronger than Arrows and they played some good football during this game. After last season's close failure, it seems that most of these warriors are in need of some mental tuning. Furthermore, the coach is starting to discover that he has lots to learn in terms of motivation, technical finishing, using dominant possession and tactics. Since he is so green in the professional field and Ajax have made it clear that he is the one to take them into a new era, he needs to start surrounding himself with the necessary expertise that can make up for his current challenges - if only for a limited period of time. The CEO must support him in this regard, otherwise Ajax will drop even further than they have done so far. They have also not covered themselves with glory in finding suitable people to replace the big name players that left in the last two seasons.
posted: 10:21 pm
Its premature and naive for Pirates supportes to think everything is done and dusted and the cup is theirs,until they meet Arrows nothing is certain.IOt would be better if these two teams meet in the final of this cup.
posted: 07:02 am
A big improvement on Wednesday's performance against Wits but this Ajax side is still lacking. The lack of width and willingness of wide men to take on the full-back is concerning. Also the lack of real firepower in front of goal. A plus point yesterday was Cole Alexander in midfield who was busy and worked hard. That aside, not a huge amount to shout about. I lost count of how many times Ajax attacked with too few players getting forward quickly enough. The set-pieces also need a bit of work.
posted: 07:12 am
who ever wrote this article Mr editor is lazy and doesn't inform us appropriately.If u check the article Golden Arrows did not substitute and that is misleading the masses as it is wrong.Pls for us to trust in you guys u need to feed us correct infor not half the infor as tht is misleading us.
posted: 08:34 am
the solution for ajax's problems is simple: fire the coach, hire rudi krooolllll, he's also dutch and methodical.
posted: 11:14 am
@lipuo - Stekelenburg is not the only scapegoat. There are big problems behind the scenes at Ajax and that is having an effect on the players. Put simply, most of the squad simply isn't good enough and the team needs reinforcements. The board issue is stopping the club signing Booth which would help the porous defence. Keep Stekelenburg but sort the board out!
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