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Ajax Cape Town Mamelodi Sundowns PSL

Posted: 17 September 2013 Time: 19:01

Cuthbert Malajila netted with 10 minutes to go to ensure a thrilling 2-2 draw for Mamelodi Sundowns against Ajax at the Cape Town Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Bongani Zungu gave the Brazilians the lead, but Ajax levelled and went ahead through Keegan Dolly and a Lebohang Manyama penalty before the Zimbabwean's late strike.

Ajax started with two debutants in the form of Ritus Krjauklis and Bantu Mzwakali, as well as Eleazar Rodgers, who is on loan from Chloorkop, while Khama Billiat was back in Cape Town for the first time since leaving the Urban Warriors during the transfer window.

It was a nervy start to the match for the Sundowns back-four, with Kennedy Mweene forced into a smart save early on after Rodgers latched onto Manyama’s cross.

On nine minutes Rodgers beat the goalkeeper to the ball, but his cross into box was well dealt with by Bryce Moon.

The Brazilians had their first shot at goal shortly afterwards when Dove Wome fired over from 25 yards, before a poor touch by Billiat denied him a shot on target after great work down the left by Punch Masenamela, who was making his first start after a six-month injury lay-off.

Ajax had a great chance midway through the first half when a deflected cross found its to an unmarked Ernesto. However, rather than hitting it first time he tried to bring it down, allowing the defence to close him down.

Downs had their first shot on target in the 36th minute when Malajila played in Billiat, who shot straight at Brendon Peterson, and five minutes later Ajax came closest to breaking the deadlock – Mzwakali’s free-kick hitting the crossbar.

Dolly had another shot in injury-time, but Mweene gathered at the second attempt.

The second half started at a frantic pace and in five minutes we saw two goals and another shot hit the woodwork.

First Zungu broke the deadlock on 52 minutes when Dominic Isaacs’ clearing header fell at his feet; the youngster showing great composure to shoot across Peterson and into the back of the net.

But just five minutes later Ajax were level thanks to some Dolly magic and poor judgement from Mweene. Sumaila gave the ball away cheaply on the edge of the box and Dolly, rather than crossing, smashed a shot from an audacious angle which beat the keeper at his near-post.

Billiat then hit the post a minute later from 10 yards out from Bryce Moon’s pinpoint cross, but it was the hosts to score next, albeit controversially.

Nathan Paulse went down under Alje Schut’s challenge, despite replays showing a clear dive from the striker. Manyama made no mistake with the spot-kick, blasting it straight down the middle.

Substitute Katlego Mashego made an immediate impact after coming on – first forcing Peterson into a save from a free-kick and then seeing the keeper parry his snapshot from distance.

From the resulting corner though, Sundowns did equalise. Malajila’s initial header hit the crossbar and Zungu’s follow-up effort was brilliantly saved, but the Zimbabwean striker got up to sweep home the rebound.

Billiat almost gave his new side the lead moments later when some great skill saw him beat a defender before curling a shot which rattled the crossbar, while at the other end Manyama fired well wide when in a good position.

In the frantic dying minutes, Hlompo Kekana flashed a free-kick inches wide, Malajila failed to connect with Richard Henyekane’s cross-cum-shot, and Manyama had an effort tipped wide but, despite their best efforts, this exciting game would not have a winner.

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Redblack Blood
posted: 2013-09-18 07:37:14

Billiat is amazing, Gordon should keep an eye on those Ajax youngsters and leave those fools who convert chances game after game. As for Sundowns everything was done well but their worry should be at the backMoon, Schut & Masenamela have to up your game

Redblack Blood
posted: 2013-09-18 07:54:35
I think it’s time for people to realize that football is business, so stop counting on how many foreigners are fielded. The only thing important is collecting silverware and growing your revenue. As for Bafana Bafana everything lies on the coach, if you are going to focus on Sundowns, Chiefs and Pirates for your selection then you are still going to miss out on AFCON 2015 & 17, so as the 2018 world cup.
Siyabulela
posted: 2013-09-18 08:28:03

with so many foreigners they mustn't complain about the exclusion of their players because only less than 3 SA born players play for downs per match

Lavista4Life
posted: 2013-09-18 08:34:10

Mavisto DOWNS Up u were happy wen he robbed us last season against arrows. we must accept that in psl every team gets robbed nd every team benefits from refs blunders.

Lavista4Life
posted: 2013-09-18 08:36:30

Mavisto DOWNS Up bt one of motsepes dream when he bought sundowns ws for sundowns players to dominate the national team, unless he hs nw given up that dream lyk the one of dominating africa.

Lavista4Life
posted: 2013-09-18 08:37:36

UniMaunatlala dats bcoz ne o minya 4 khosi to lose, too bad it ddnt happen

Lankis
posted: 2013-09-18 08:55:38

Mangaliso If i am a foreighner then you are GAY chocolate box

nhlanhla
posted: 2013-09-18 10:08:38

I am very dissapointed about the performance of Mamelodi Sundowns so far this season. They create chances but poor finishing cost us points. Pitso u should rotate players so that everyone in the team will up their game whenever given opportunity.

sam_sundawana
posted: 2013-09-18 11:14:47

A good game it was, we should have won it against all odds (Mfiki).we need to work on our finishing touches.

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