Absa Premiership

Downs see off feisty Ajax to get back on track

2018-01-09 22:02
Ricardo Nascimento (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns ended a two-match losing run with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.

The action started soon after kick-off as Downs missed a good chance at the front post after a Percy Tau cross in the second minute before Hlompho Kekana crashed a shot over the bar from long range a minute later.

Having survived the onslaught, Ajax came back into the game and had a chance in the 12th minute when Fagrie Lakay's shot from the left-hand side of the box forced visiting keeper Denis Onyango into a save.

Lakay then went on to beat Onyango in the 26th minute after he outstripped the Sundowns defence before scoring with a low angled shot.

The Brazilians came storming back as they were awarded a penalty after a handball in the box by Isaac Nhlapo.

Ricardo Nascimento slotted the spot-kick home with ease, the game back on level terms seven minutes before half-time.

It got worse for the Urban Warriors as Sibusiso Vilakazi popped up in the box moments later to steer a superb cross from Tau into the back of the net as the Pretoria team took the lead.

Ajax were close to restoring parity a minute after half-time when Onyango denied Tashrique Morris from close range before Lakay fired over the bar from the rebound.

Sundowns, though, could also have scored eight minutes later when Tau's attempted chip went over the bar.

Closer to full-time, the Brazilians were happy to take their foot off the pedal and were able to ensure there were no thoughts of an Ajax comeback as they comfortably kept the Cape side at bay for the closing stages of the match.

While Sundowns extend their lead over Cape Town City at the summit to four points, the Urban Warriors, who had new coach Muhsin Ertugral on the bench for the first time, remain in the relegation zone.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Cape Town City FC, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu FC, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Wits v AmaZulu FC, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Cape Town City FC v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, FNB Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Polokwane City, Goble Park 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:00
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:00
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu FC v Cape Town City FC, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Baroka FC, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Chippa United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars, Orlando Stadium 15:00
Platinum Stars v Wits, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.