Absa Premiership

SuperSport down struggling Ajax

2016-10-29 22:21
Jeremy Brockie (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United defeated Ajax Cape Town 2-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night.
 
Stanley Menzo’s first game in charge of the Urban Warriors ended in defeat thanks to an early penalty from Matsatsantsa striker Jeremy Brockie and late strike by Reneilwe Letsholonyane.
 
SuperSport were gifted an early penalty when Roscoe Pietersen handled Thabo Mnyamane’s cross in the 18-yard area. Brockie expertly beat Jody February from the spot to put the visitors ahead in the third minute.
 
Pietersen was cautioned for his hand-ball and he was just the first of four Ajax players booked inside the first stanza, as Eric Chipeta, Ndiviwe Mdabuka and Erwin Isaacs also got themselves into trouble with the referee.
 
Both sides created further goal scoring chances in the first half, but the closest either came to adding to the scoreline was a shot from Ajax’s Isaacs on 33 minutes, but he was denied by a fine diving stop from Ronwen Williams.
 
SuperSport nearly doubled their advantage just before the hour mark, with Brockie getting the better of February with his shot, only to see the ball rebound off the upright and roll away to safety.
 
Late in the game, with Ajax throwing men forward, United enjoyed a couple of fruitful counter attacks but they weren’t quite able to kill off the game, with February producing a notable save on 85 minutes to deny Thuso Phala.
 
However, in injury time, the Tshwane visitors finally made it 2-0 when Reneilwe Letsholonyane provided a left-foot finish to seal the points.
 
Teams:

Ajax: February, Pietersen, Chipeta (Mateza 65’), Coetzee, Lebusa, Mdabuka, Mosadi (Mayambela 80’), Isaacs, Mzwakali, Morris, Nxumalo
 
SuperSport: Williams, Boxall, Gould, Daniels, Bhasera, Alexander (Phala 78’), Letsholonyane, Furman, Mnyamane, Brockie (Morton 86’), Grobler (Nkhatha 90+1’)

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