Cale seals come-from-behind win for Ajax
Posted: 3 May 2015 Time: 15:06
Franklin Cale scored deep into injury time as Ajax Cape Town came from behind to defeat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-2 in an Absa Premiership match at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Celtic took control of the game from early on and very nearly opened the scoring in the sixth minute, as Tumelo Mogapi sliced the Ajax backline and fired a shot at goal only to be denied by an excellent save from Anssi Jaakkola.
Yet just four minutes later Lerato Lamola put the home side ahead, firing home a low shot first-time from a poor defensive header by Rivaldo Coetzee, who himself was looking to clear a slice from a teammate in the danger zone.
Ajax showed glimpses of working their way back into the game, but on 39 minutes they were dealt a blow when Celtic doubled their lead. Keagan Buchanan picked out Thapelo Morena with a square pass and the youngster surged past a couple of defenders before finishing coolly to make it 2-0.
The Urban Warriors were much improved after the break and pulled a goal back in the 54th minute. Bantu Mzwakali provided a fine cross from the left and Granwald Scott got ahead of his marker to steer the ball beyond goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.
Mzwakali turned from provider to goal scorer 14 minutes later, curling home a great shot direct from a free kick to make it 2-2. The winger beat Tignyemb’s left hand to find the bottom corner of the net.
Celtic were jolted into life by the visitors’ second goal and almost reclaimed the lead immediately, but Lamola was guilty of shooting straight at Jaakkola when a square pass would have given strike partner Frank Mhango a tap-in.
On 81 minutes Phunya Sele Sele blew another great chance, as Bevan Fransman headed wide of the goal after arriving late at the back post to meet Buchanan’s perfectly-floated cross from the left flank.
Nazeer Allie almost scored a bizarre own goal as the clock ticked into regulation time, heading a cross onto the frame of his own goal, and Jaakkola then made a fine save from Mogapi, who latched onto the rebound and shot on target.
The match looked destined to end in a draw, but in the third minute of injury time Franklin Cale arrived late to pick up a square ball from the right flank, cut inside a defender and steered a shot beyond the ‘keeper to steal a dramatic 3-2 victory for Ajax.
HOME: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Clinton Larsen
Formation: four four two
AWAY: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Roger de Sa
Formation: four two three one