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Ajax stay top with win

Posted: 14 November 2007 Time: 21:56

Ajax Cape Town continued their fine start to the Absa Premier League season with a 4-1 thumping of Moroka Swallows at a wet and windy Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

The win solidifies Ajax’s position at the top of the table, three points clear from Bloemfontein Celtic, while Swallows drop down to sixth.

First half goals from Mfundo Shumana and Russel Mwafulirwa put the Urban Warriors in the driving seat before they faced a nervy final 15 minutes when Sandile Ndlovu brought Swallows back into it.

However, late strikes from substitute Nhlanhla Shabalala and Terror Fanteni made the margin of victory more flattering for the home side.

But the evening started badly for Ajax when they lost leftwing Franklin Cale through injury after just 11 minutes, to be replaced by Jonathan Fransman.

They were ahead after 23 minutes however, when Fanteni’s excellent cushioned ball from the cross teed-up Shumana, who rifled the ball into the top corner of Aubrey Mathibe’s goal from ten yards.

Swallows tried to hit back as James Chamanga found space in the penalty area, but his shot was blocked, and just a minute later Bryce Moon was incorrectly given offside at the other end of the pitch when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

But five minutes later Ajax did have their second goal and once again Fanteni was the provider. His defence-splitting pass put Mwafulirwa through and although his shot was half stopped by Mathibe, it had enough on it to cross the goalline.

The Birds’ coach Ian Gorowa had seen enough and made a double substitution on 41 minutes, with Hellings Mwakasungula replacing Mark Haskins and Tsweu Mokoro entering the fray for the ineffective Songwe Chalwe, but the score remained 2-0 at the break.

The first 30 minutes of the second half was a frustratingly stop-start affair, but Swallows gave themselves a lifeline on 75 minutes when Mokoro’s cross to the far post found the head of Ndlovu and he headed across Hans Vonk and into the goal.

Mwakasungula then warmed the palms of Vonk from 25-yards with seven minutes remaining as Swallows pushed forward for an equaliser, dominating possession in the closing stages.

But the points were sealed a minute from time as Nathan Paulse beat the offside trap and fired a shot at Mathibe from an angle, the ball rebounding to Shabalala, who had the easiest of tap-ins into an empty net.

And there was still time for one more when Fanteni stole in at the neat post to beat Mathibe following a low ball in from the right.

Previous comments on this story...

Red Warrior
posted: 08:26 am
You watch the "chickens" bring the league cup to Cape Town! The days of the so called big three are over! Before they used to win a game before entering the field of play. Not any more! Amazulu beat Sundowns, Ajax gave Chiefs the "Kickoff"! Sorry Tivani (Chiefs supporter?) its our turn now!
posted: 08:51 am
if we are still to keep this coach we are not going to make it end of the season. gorowa must go
posted: 09:58 am
In the context of the match, I believe that it should be stated that Swallows were without their Bafana central defender,Bevan Fransman, who has been the rock in their defence.
posted: 11:00 am
Ajax have got what it takes 2 win the league if they keep their squad during the transfer period. The sky is the limit
Skepe Mketule
posted: 01:11 pm
posted: 06:21 pm
Yho Yho Yho.What is it that u r doing right Ajax coz u always win by a big score?Muhsin plz ask Roosle 4 scoring tips.Fanteni usiskhokho sani
posted: 11:35 pm
Ajax is playing attacking and attractive football as long as they collect muximum in the 1st round cause the 2nd round everyone is fighting keep it up Craig. NB. Terror 2010 is here the better chance for you is if you remain here..pls don't leave
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