Ajax, Downs share the spoils
Khama Billiat (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - A dramatic second half showdown saw Bongani Zungu open the account for Mamelodi Sundowns, but a comeback by Ajax Cape Town saw the result end 2-2 in their PSL match at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening. WRAP: PSL
All the action was reserved until the second half of the game in which both teams it the post, while Ajax Cape Town was handed a lifeline in the shape of a penalty.
Eleazar Rodgers squandered a good opportunity when, instead of chipping the ‘keeper, he crossed the ball into no-man’s land which Sundowns cleared with ease.
Chances were coming thick and fast in the fixture and this time it was the Brazilians who unleashed an effort, but Dove Wome failed to test Brandon Petersen in the 10th minute.
The ball flowed easily from each end of the park and Ajax’s Bantu Mzwakali pulled off a great move to pass the ball to Telinho inside the box. The Mozambican however failed to connect a decent volley on the 23rd minute.
The new arrival then threatened just after the half hour mark when he combined well with some one touch passing with Rodgers, but his concluding shot was skied wide of goal.
Khama Billiat, who was making his first appearance in Cape Town since leaving Ajax, threatened with a shot on the edge of the area but Brandon Petersen was equal to the challenge.
Mzwakali hit the best chance of the half with his 40th minute strike which curled onto the crossbar and went out of play.
While Ajax had squandered their chances, Sundowns took theirs in the 52nd minute when Bongani Zungu fired in a low ball into the net after Dominic Isaacs failed to clear.
Ajax responded immediately with an equalizing goal four minutes later. Dolly did a neat step-over at the near box before slotting in at the near post to make it 1-1.
It was a dramatic few minutes of action when Billiat struck the post only a minute later, before a penalty was awarded to Ajax in the 66nd minute after Paulse was brought down in the box.
Manyama stood up to take the spot kick and he fired a powerful effort straight down the middle of Mweene’s goals to turn the advantage to the home sides.
However it wasn’t to be the last of the action as a series of rebounds in a goal-mouth scramble saw Cuthbert Malajila tap the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-2 with just nine minutes to go until the full time whistle. Scores:
Ajax Cape Town:
(0) 2 (Dolly 56’, Manyama 67 pen)Mamelodi Sundowns:
(0) 2 (Zungu 52’, Malajila 82’) Teams:Ajax Cape Town:
Peterson, Lolo, Krjauklis, Isaacs, Mokeke, Mobara, Telinho (Kwong 80’), Mzwakali (Davids 68’), Rodgers (Paulse 46’), Manyama, Dolly Mamelodi Sundowns:
Mweene, Masenamela, Schut, Moon, Malajila, Wome (Mashego 74’), Kekana, Modise (Henyekane 62’), Zungu, Billiat (Mphela 91’), Sumaila