Absa Premiership

Ajax claim a point in Polokwane

2018-02-04 18:56
Fagrie Lakay (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town came away from their Absa Premiership clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium with a well-earned 1-1 draw against Polokwane City on Sunday afternoon.

As it happened: Ajax Cape Town v Polokwane City

Polokwane City were left ruing two dropped points at home as Sibusiso Mbonani failed to clear a late goalbound Fagrie Lakay shot and instead smashed the ball into his own net.

The massively impressive Walter Musona had given City a deserved lead in the second half with a rocket of a shot, but despite creating a number of chances, 'Rise and Shine' were forced to settle for the draw.

Ajax enjoyed the early possession with Tendai Ndoro showing a willingness to get on the ball.

City though had the first real chance of the tie through Dominic Chungwa who forced Ajax goalkeeper Jody February into a good low save down at his left after a pacy run and good low cross from Musona from the right flank.

Jabu Maluelka swung in a couple of early free-kicks but both failed to trouble the Ajax defence before another good delivery from Musona that was headed clear by Roscoe Pietersen.

Chungwa shot again from a similar position as his earlier effort, after picking up another ball from the right, but this time he fired wide, before a super save February to deny Musona from sneaking in an opener after a chipped ball over the Ajax defence.

Yagan Sasman was then well place to poke Edgar Manaka's follow up shot wide from Musona's low centre from the right.

George Chigova got down well to cut out a low cross from Lakay moments before Thapelo Tshilo did well to clear a Ndoro header as he connected to another Lakay delivery.

Ndoro then fired over the target after some good approach play from Ajax, with 30 minutes on the clock.

Chungwa though really should have given City the lead in the 33rd minute but he somehow managed to miss the easiest of tap-ins from a Mogau Tshehla pass from the right, following a neat one-two with Musona.

Manaka was well wide of the target after a more measured build up play from Polokwane, who were finding penalty of space to work with in front of the Ajax defence.

Musona was causing all sorts of problem down the right flank and again swung in a good ball, that was headed clear by Pietersen ahead of a shot wide from Tshehla.

The home side ended the first half with Musona popping up on the left side and smashing a half-volley just over the Ajax goal ahead of a super chance for Ndoro, that he fired over the target after same superb strength and power from Lakay to beat Tshilo to the ball and squaring for his strike-partner.

Ajax made an attacking change at half-time with Samuel Julies replacing Ndiviwe Mdabuka while of the opening chance of the second stanza saw Mondli Miya fire in a super shot on 58 minutes that February palmed over well, although replays show the effort was probably heading just over the bar.

Musona then flashed past the face of the Ajax goal from the right hand side as Lakay was denied on the volley by Chigova.

Musona though underlined his class with a truly excellent strike when the ball was played out to him on the edge of the area by Muhammad Sulumba, who had only minutes earlier replaced Chungwa.

It was Musona's fifth goal of the season, although replays showed the ball took a deflection off of Mario Booysen to take it away from February.

As play continued, Chigova did well to cut out an attempted cross from Sasman from the left, with players waiting in the box, and while Julies wanted a penalty after being pushed aside in the box, he was yellow carded for what the referee deemed to be a dive.

Lakay continued to look lively and a willing runner for Ajax, so it was no surprise when he a hand in the equaliser.

His shot had pace and was heading for the bottom corner of the net, but with Mbonani well placed, there was shock all round when he inexplicably fired in to his own net on the goalline.

Ajax pushed for a winner but a Ndoro free-kick was deflected wide and the subsequently corner dealt with, while the final kick of the tie saw Maluelka whipping a late free-kick that was headed clear by Petersen ahead of the final whistle.

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