Cape Town - Cape Town City emerged 1-0 winners over Ajax Cape Town in an absorbing derby at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.
The Urban Warriors had some half-chances in the first half, but for
the most part it belonged to City, who looked far more of a threat with
their pace in attack.
Eric Tinkler's side were on top for the opening 30 minutes of the
second stanza and although Ajax finished strongly, they couldn't find an
The opening 15 minutes of the game was open and entertaining and saw
both teams with half-chances on goal, although neither keeper had any
saves to make.
City, though, were showing pace and purpose in attack, and they took
the lead after 20 minutes when Bhongolwethu Jayiya snuck in at the back
post to tap in from close range.
City continued to look dangerous when on the attack, their pace down
the flanks giving the Ajax defence ongoing problems. One such attack, on
24 minutes, nearly ended in another goal, but Judas Moseamedi's
powerful drive fizzed just over the bar.
The first half ended in a flurry as Aubrey Ngoma flew down the left
wing, but he was just not able to get enough power in his shot, while at
the other end Nathan Paulse could have leveled the score but misfired
with his effort from six yards out.
The newly-formed club continued to enjoy the upper-hand after the
break as Moseamedi had a shot saved before the ever-dangerous Ngoma saw
his header come back off the bar on the hour mark.
Ajax, meanwhile, were struggling to create chances from open play,
but did have two good opportunities from set-pieces as the match moved
into the final 10 minutes. But Paulse and then Eric Chipeta both sent
their headers wide of the mark as Roger De Sa and his men went home