Absa Premiership

In-form Stars add to Ajax woes

2017-10-18 22:38
Stanley Menzo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Free State Stars heaped further pressure on Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo with a 2-0 victory in their Premiership clash at Goble Park on Wednesday.

Coming into the fixture in Bethlehem, Ajax were desperate for three points coming to a venue that's brought them no joy in the past.

And history has a way of repeating itself as Menzo's side struggled to adapt to the pace of the hosts' attack, while luck eluded them on their forays in the opposition half.

Ea Lla Koto had more possession in the opening 20 minutes and showed real intent playing the ball in Ajax's half, but Thabo Mosadi, Tashreeq Morris and teenage midfielder Grant Margerman all had half-chances to break the deadlock.

On the half-hour mark, captain Mosa Lebusa found himself in acres of space as Mosadi picked him out with another delightful delivery, but the left-back failed to find the target with a poor header.

Goalkeeper Bandre Sangare was kept on his toes by Nigerian winger Ejike Uzoenyi with a few snapshots before the hosts took the lead against the run of play just before the break as Edward Manqele scored his first league goal in over two years with a composed finish beyond Brandon Petersen.

And five minutes into the second half, Mohamed Anas doubled their lead to hand Luc Eymael's side some breathing space.

The Belgian's influence over the erratic Stars was evident within the rest of the encounter as they remained defensively resilient under the pressure of the Urban Warriors' willingness to play direct football in a bid to find a way back into the encounter.

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