Absa Premiership

Leopards late-show stuns Ajax

2013-04-16 21:43
Thato Mokeke of Ajax Cape Town and Rodney Ramagalela of Black Leopards (Backpage)
Johannesburg - Black Leopards fought back from a goal down to beat Ajax Cape Town 2-1 in their PSL match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Tuesday night.

An injury time winner from Rodney Ramagalela meant Leopards grabbed all three points on offer to gain a valuable win.

Ajax dominated the first period and took a deserved lead through Abia Nale in the 19th minute. The Cape side continued to control the game, but could not extend their lead before the interval.

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Leopards found their feet in the second half as Ajax sat back and allowed the hosts back into the game.

Michael Nkambule scored the equaliser for Leopards with just over 15 minutes remaining to set up the tense finish, where Ramagalela grabbed the victory.

Both sides came into the fixture aiming to get out of a relegation battle.

Leopards, in particular, had suffered defeats in seven of their last eight league matches. Ajax, meanwhile, sought just their second win away from home of their campaign.

With the win, Leopards move to 23 points, level with Ajax but behind the Cape side on goal difference with five games remaining in the league. Ajax began the stronger of the two teams, and quickly began pressing the home side.

After a swift attack by the visitors in the 10th minute, the ball was pulled back from the touchline for Khama Billiat, and his first time shot from close range needed a stunning reaction save from Posnett Omony in the Leopards goal.

The opener came in the 19th minute through a good piece of individual skill by Abia Nale. A Billiat corner sent the cross along the ground which found Nale and the player controlled the ball and slotted the effort straight into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Ajax.

In the 24th minute, Matthew Booth was close to doubling the advantage for Ajax. Booth connected with a cross in the air, and the volley again needed a sharp save from Omony.

Nine minutes later, Nale ran in behind the Leopards defence and drew Omony off his line. The keeper, again, did well and saved the shot.

After the break, Leopards began to look more creative on attack.

Raymond Monama went on a bustling run in the 53rd minute for Leopards. He unleashed a fierce strike which swerved in the air, and, though Sander Westerveld in the Ajax goal was beaten, the ball drifted inches wide.

In the 74th minute, Michael Nkambule pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area and produced a top-class strike to level the scores at 1-1.

Five minutes before time Joshua Obaje had the chance to steal the win for Leopards. Obaje found himself with an open net and the keeper scrambling for the ball, but his first time shot was scuffed wide.

Ramagalela nudged the ball home in injury time after a corner was not cleared by Ajax. The initial shot came from Brian Amidu, and Ramagalela was quick to react as fired the ball home.


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