Ajax blunt Golden Arrows
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Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town kept their dreams of a top eight finish alive when they topped off their final home match of the Absa Premiership season with an empathic 4-1 win over Golden Arrows at Cape Town stadium.
In the final home game Ajax couldn’t to make any errors and they got off to the best possible start. Khama Billiat opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the game with a right footed slice into the bottom left corner, leaving goalkeeper Gumede rooted to the spot.
Two minutes later the ‘keeper was again at fault when Lebogang Manyama supplied a cross into the box but Gumede fumbled it and pushed it into the back of the net.
Mushin Ertugral was taking no nonsense and took off Gumede for his two errors in quick succession. Stephan Leboue took his place in the 18th minute.
Maarten Stekelenburg couldn’t have asked for a better day as Matthew Booth made it 3-0 with a header off a George Maluleka cross from a set-piece in the 24th minute.
Sander Westeveld was rarely tested in the game but couldn’t keep out Siyabonga Nkosi’s angled drive, in the 41st minute, at the far post.
No changes were made at the start of the second half but Arrows couldn’t pull a second one back in the 47th minute when Dillon Sheppard’s corner was flickered wide.
Following a clash of heads with an Arrows player, Thulani Hlatswayo was taken off with a neck brace in the 52nd minute and was replaced by Nazeer Allie.
Siyanda Zwane was booked for a challenge just outside the box but Ajax’s set-piece hit the crossbar just minutes later, while George Akpabio and Booth were added to the referee’s book for late challenges.
Nazeer Allie assumed the captain’s armband when he replaced Granwald Scott in the 59th minute, while Arrows substitute goalkeeper nearly gave Ajax a goal on a silver platter after he spilled a shot in the 77th minute, but it was cleared.
Eight minutes from time Thamsanqa Gabuza was replaced by Bongi Ntuli, but it was Ajax who would have the last laugh as George Maluleka pounced on a sleeping defence to strike it into the back of the net in stoppage time.