Cape Town - Free State Stars surrendered the lead to lose 2-1 to Ajax Cape
Town in their Absa Premiership match at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Ea Lla Koto opened the scoring courtesy of Sthembiso Ngcobo,
but two quick-fire goals from Mosa Lebusa and Prince Nxumalo handed the Urban
Warriors all three points
The home side started positively with their first shot on goal as
early as the third minute courtesy of Franklyn Cale, but his attempt from the
edge of the box went narrowly wide.
Ten minutes later Ajax had another effort on goal when a corner
was partially cleared to Toriq Losper just outside the box, but his shot was
superbly saved by Daouda Diakite.
Stars slowly started to come into the game and managed to take the
lead in the 26th minute after a swift passing move concluded with Sthembiso Ngcobo
striking the ball home from just inside the box, 1-0.
Ajax, though, quickly hit back when Mosa Lebusa superbly turned
home a free-kick from Cale on the half hour mark, 1-1.
Ten minutes later Ajax took the lead when Prince Nxumalo
powerfully headed home a Riyaad Norodien corner-kick, 2-1.
The second half saw Ajax continue from where they left off as
Norodien let fly from distance in the 50th minute, but his effort
sailed inches over the target.
Ten minutes later Losper tested the fingertips of Diakite with a
stinging shot, but the Stars shot-stopper was up to the challenge.
Both teams pressed hard for another goal in the last half hour,
but chances were few and far between.
Lucky Mohomi almost rescued a point for the Ea Lla Koto in the 85th minute when he was
superbly denied by the Ajax keeper from long range.
Stars continued to press for the equaliser, but in the end the
Ajax defence held firm for the win.