Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town finally returned to winning ways as they saw
off Chippa United 2-0 at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night to record their
first victory in eight games.
First-half goals from Milton Ncube and Erwin Isaacs handed
the Urban Warriors their first win of 2015 as they climbed up to fifth in the
The visitors created the first chance of the game on nine
minutes when neat link-up play down the left flank led to a chance for Ruben
Cloete, but he fired wide of the mark from inside the area.
However, just three minutes later Roger De Sa's side broke
the deadlock with their first chance as Chippa goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela
could only parry Franklin Cale's free-kick into the path of Ncube, who was left
with an easy tap-in from close range.
And the hosts went on to double their lead on 19 minutes
when Erwin Isaacs played a one-two with Cale before the striker drilled his
shot beyond Mzimela from 25 yards out.
Kristopher Bergman should have halved the deficit shortly
before half-time after he found space inside the area, but his header lacked
power and Ajax keeper Anssi Jaakkola was able to gather the ball easily.
The Urban Warriors took a two-goal into the break and were
less adventurous in the second half as they appeared happy to soak up the
pressure from Chippa.
Ernst Middendorp's men fashioned two early chances inside
the opening 10 minutes, but Jaakkola made easy work of William Twala's efforts
on both occasions.
Jaakkola was called into action again on 76 minutes as he
kept out a strike from George Akpabio from inside the area to maintain his
team's two-goal cushion.
The Mother City outfit finally got a sniff at goal in the
final minute of the match, but Robin Ngalande failed to hit the target with his
lob with only Mzimela to beat, although in the end it was a welcome win for
Ajax Cape Town (2) (Ncube 12’, E Isaacs 19’)
Chippa United (0)
Ajax: Jaakkola, Lolo, Mobara, Coetzee (Ngalande 87’),
Jenniker (D Isaacs 79’), Graham, E Isaacs, Ncube, Losper, Cale (Mzwakali 81’),
Chippa: Mzimela, Bergman (Shai 57’), Cloete, Barends,
Chipeta, Sambu, Moholo, Twala, Mtule (Manqele 87’), Akpabio, Mbenyane