Seniors lifted the Ajax kids - goal-hero Morris
Posted: 26 April 2015 Time: 10:24
Ajax Cape Town’s Nedbank Cup semi-final hero Tashreeq Morris admits the younger players were “a bit down at half-time” with SuperSport United leading 1-0 and dominating.
The senior players rallied the youngsters and Ajax fought back to win via two late goals – Morris powering home the winner with his head three minutes into injury time.
"At half-time the boys were a bit down but some of the players said, ‘Guys it's not over’ – those were mostly the experienced players, obviously the younger boys' heads were down,” Morris says. “Credit has to go to them as they lifted us up. “
United had dominated the first half, and should have gone in two up. Thuso Phala – who had scored United’s goal – failed to net a second when he shot wide in the 44th minute.
Ajax coach Roger de Sa sent on Morris and Keagan Dolly at the start of the second half, as Ajax came out firing.
“After half-time we came out we went at them; the coach made the right changes and it worked for us. I'm happy for the team."
However, as the minutes ticked away, Ajax seemed destined to lose, with SuperSport threating on the break as they pushed forward. But eventually, Matsatsantsa were breached.
In the 85th minute Ajax’s third substitute, Franklin Cale slid through a clever pass and Mosa Lebusa scored from a tight angle.
Then, with 30 minutes of extra-time looming, Nazeer Allie crossed and Morris headed the winner.
"I'm truly blessed to have scored a semi-final winning goal,” Morris said after the match. “We’re a young team, so it will be a great experience for us to play in the Final, and hopefully we can take the competition.”
Ajax will meet either Mamelodi Sundowns or neighbours Vasco da Gama in the Final.