Ajax into Nedbank Cup last 16
Dipsy Selowane (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Wings United proved to be no match for Ajax Cape Town, who scored a 5-0 Nedbank Cup win over the Northern Cape amateurs at the Boland Rugby Stadium on Sunday.
Ajax were always in control and their superior fitness and tactical nous proved too much for a spirited Wings side, who brought a sizable support base with them from Uppington.
Unsurprisingly it was Ajax who started the stronger side, threatening the Wings goal in the very first minute when Clayton Daniels had the ball in the net, but his effort was ruled off-sides.
Chances followed in quick succession as Nathan Paulse hit the upright with a header and then Stanton Lewis followed that up by shooting into the side-netting.
In the 10th minute Paulse missed another wonderful chance when he ballooned his header over the bar from right in front of goal.
Eight minutes later it was Lewis who missed a guilt edged chance when he side-footed into the crossbar after a square ball from Sameehg Doutie.
The Urban Warriors continued to retain possession, but had to wait until the 33rd minuet for their next chance which saw Thuani Serero being denied by a good save by Wings keeper Vuyisani Mangaliso.
It looked as if Wings would hold on until half time, but Ajax finally broke through in the 40th minute when Doutie went flying down the right wing and cut in to score with a well-taken shot.
And two minutes later it was 2-0 as Dipsy Selowane converted from the spot after having been brought down himself in the box by centre back Lincoln George.
Seven minutes after the break Ajax all but ensured the win when Lewis showed good composure to take the ball round Mangaliso and slot it into an empty net.
Following the third goal, Wings managed to stem the tide somewhat as they did their best to take the game to Ajax.
While they were unable to create chances of their own, Ajax had to wait until the 65th minute for their next chance which saw Lewis’ shot palmed away by Mangaliso.
Lewis was certainly Ajax’s main threat and he completed a well-taken brace in the 71st minute when he muscled through the Wings defence and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Ajax had some good chances to make it 5-0, but Selolwane fired over the bar and a heavy touch from George Maluleka allowed Mangaliso to make a brave stop.
Doutie though made no mistake as he made it five for good measure when he headed home in the 89th minute to cap a fine individual performance.
Petim, Maluleka, Ivanovs, Daniels, Jenniker, Doutie, Ngobeni (Alexander 61’), Selolwane, Serero; Paulse (Diallo 46’), Lewis (Sibisi 74’)
Mangaliso; Janda, George, Matebie (Sibizo 55’), Modisaotshe, Rolse, Abrahams, Piet, Luphondo (Bruintjies 76’), Jas, Botha