Ajax CT crush SuperSport

2011-08-06 06:24
Ajax CT v SuperSport United (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town sent SuperSport United crashing out of the MTN8 in a seven-goal quarterfinal thriller at a chilly Cape Town Stadium on Friday with Terror Fanteni and Khama Billiat the chief destroyers.

Both players scored a brace with Ajax’s other goal coming from debutant Sici Shelembe while Thandani Ntshumayelo and Jabu Maluleke netted for the visitors.

Fanteni had the ball in the back of the net in the fourth minute, but it was ruled out for offside.

It then took just nine minutes for the opening goal. A quick ball into space caught the visitors off guard and Fanteni broke down the left channel and cut inside, making room for himself before drilling a low shot past Fernandez at his near post.

Nasief Morris, on debut for SuperSport, then gave the ball away and Fanteni found space before curling a shot over the bar when he should really have made it two-nil.

But Khama Billiat did make it two for Ajax after 23 minutes when he side-footed a shot past Fernandez from inside the area after Clayton Daniels set him up.

The young Zimbabwean took his time and picked the corner of the goal, showing great composure.

Ajax continued to put the visitors under pressure, but this time Morris made two crucial interceptions, much to the relief of coach Gavin Hunt.

But Ajax were not finished. In the 33rd minute Ajax debutant Sici Shelembe made it 3-0 with a powerful shot from the edge of the danger area.

The former Witbank Spurs man picked up a loose ball after some horrible SuperSport defending and took his time before burying his attempt to the left of Fernandez.

On the stroke of halftime Paul Rusike was brought down on the edge of the area by two SuperSport players and somehow referee Robert Sithole waved play on when it looked like a certain foul.

Glen Salmon, introduced after the interval for Dispy Selolwane, gave his team some bite and it paid off when Ntshumayelo stabbed home after 54 minutes to bring Matsatsantsa back into the game.

After 63 minutes, Fanteni brought out the best in Fernandez, who did brilliantly to stop a rocket-like shot.

Then, in the 72nd minute, SuperSport won a free kick on the edge of the area and in a central position. Jabu Maluleke stepped up and expertly curled his shot over the wall and into the top corner. With the scoreboard reading 3-2 the match was suddenly back in the balance.

SuperSport’s new striker Mame Niang missed a glorious chance from close range after 78 minutes, but then Ajax were rewarded a penalty when the nifty Billiat turned Davis Nkausu inside out in the 81st minute.

Nkausu was sent off by referee Sithole much to the dismay of his team-mates. Fanteni stepped up for the spot kick and made no mistake sending Fernandez the wrong way.

Billiat scored the final goal after he and Lebogang Manyama combined excellently to slice through a defence, which by this stage of the match, was full of holes.



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 103rd Tour de France is all systems GO! Follow the pain, struggles and ultimate joy as the world's best riders put their talents to the test over 21 stages.

Latest blogs

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.