Ajax eliminated on penalties
Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town were eliminated from the Telkom Knockout Cup 4-3 on penalties by SuperSport United at Athlone Stadium after the game ended 1-1 at full time.
It was the first time SuperSport United turned out since the tragic passing of their long serving member Thomas Modigage.
The match kicked off after a minute’s silence and it was the visitors who enjoyed the better part of the attacks in the opening stages of the game.
Thulani Hlatswayo stung the side netting in the 21st minute following a powered run up the right flank, before the first booking of the game arrived just before the half hour.
Sameegh Doutie was the one to be shown yellow following a foul on Bradley Grobler.
Ronwen Williams wasn’t deterred by an effort volleyed by Paul Rusike in the 42nd minute which was followed by a Grobler effort at the near post which went wide.
The game changed face just nine minutes into the second half when Franklin Cale conceded a penalty following a handball inside the box.
Grobler did well in putting Ajax in the lead when he converted the effort with a low shot into his bottom right corner.
Nhlanhla Shabbalala was also added to the referee’s book for a late challenge in the 71st minute, before Cale swung his free-kick over the goals.
SuperSport were not letting the opportunity of progression go by easily by placing a good amount of pressure on the Urban Warriors’ backline.
It paid off for Gavin Hunt’s men when Thabo September handed them a 77th minute equalizer with a headed goal.
The game had to go into extra time after neither side managed to grab a late winner inside the full ninety minutes.
Sibusiso Zuma thought he had managed to give his side the lead when he headed the ball into the back of the net, only for it to be flagged offside in extra time.
Gavin Hunt was in anguish when Mabhundi Khenyeza rounded Westerveld at the near post, but failed to take the lead when his shot stung the side netting ten minutes into the extra time.
Khama Billiat started his first game of the season off the bench and was implemented into the set-up late in the second half. He provided a good edge to Ajax’s game and should have broken the deadlock when he latched onto an over the top ball but his effort was miss hit at the start of the second half of extra time.
Bevan Fransman’s hamstring was giving him problems and he couldn’t continue any longer, resulting in Mark Haskins making an appearance inside the 108th minute.
No late winner saw the game head into a penalty shootout in order to decide the affair and it was the former Ajax-man who handed SuperSport a 4-3 win in the penalty shootout.