MATCH CENTRE

TUE 23 AUGUST 2016, 19:30, OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM

1
VS
1

Baroka deny Ajax Cape Town the full three points

by BackPageTXT

Tue August 23, 22:41

Baroka FC came back to secure a point when they drew 1-1 against Ajax Cape Town in their 2016/17 Absa Premiership opener at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.

Richard Matloga netted for the hosts in the second half to cancel out Nathan Paulse's goal in the first stanza.

In the opening stages of the tie, Ajax were all over their opponents and in the eighth minute Paulse was fouled in the box by Siphelele Zikalala.

The referee pointed to the penalty spot and the experienced striker Paulse converted to make it 1-0.

After 18 minutes of play, Sipho Moeti exchanged good passes with Jacky Motshegwa in the middle of the park for the hosts and he managed to unleash a powerful shot which was saved by Brandon Petersen at the second attempt.

With three minutes to the half hour mark, Mathari Mothupa showed his class against the Urban Warriors but his cross had no-one to convert and Petersen collected with ease.

Motshegwa once again broke free in the 41st minute and was in a good position to pull one back for the hosts, but his attempt lacked power and the Ajax keeper made a fine save.

Despite putting pressure on Roger De Sa's men in the dying stages of the opening half, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele failed to utilise their chances.

It was 1-0 at the interval and upon their return from the tunnel, Kgoloko Thobejane's side put more pressure on Ajax.

Subsequently, their efforts were rewarded when Matloga netted from close range with a fine header in the 52nd minute after a decent cross from the left.

Thabo Mosadi nearly got something for the visitors in the 63rd minute when he passed two defenders in the box only to see his effort deflected for a corner.

With 15 minutes to go, a free header from defender Mosa Lebusa came close to punishing the Baroka defence from a decent corner on the right, leaving keeper Oscarine Masuluke relieved.

In the last six minutes, Baroka continued to search for a winner but Collins Makgaka was once again denied by Petersen, who was outstanding between the sticks for Ajax.

With many chances created by the hosts, the encounter failed to produce a winner as both sides shared the spoils.

Baroka FC (0) 1 (Matloga 52')
Ajax Cape Town (1) 1 (Paulse 9')

Baroka FC: Masuluke, Ravhuhali, Chauke (Jwara 71'), Shaku, Motshegwa (Mothwa 82'), Mothupa, Zikalala (Mogale 87'), Moeti, Makgaka, Mahashe, Matloga

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Chipeta, Coetzee, Lartey, Lebusa, Pietersen, Mdabuka, Mzwakali (Margeman 86'), Mosadi, Isaacs (Morris 68'), Paulse (Lupeta 83')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM
BAROKA FC GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
12. Richard Matloga (52') 29. Nathan Paulse (9')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
15
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
26
5
Defender
5
Defender
6
Defender
44'
3
Midfielder
10
Defender
0
Midfielder
77'
82'
32
Midfielder
86'
11
Midfielder
87'
35
Midfielder
68'
7
Midfielder
52'
12
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
71'
0
Forward/Striker
9'
83'
29
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ayanda Jwara
Midfielder
71'
8
Tasriq Morris
Midfielder
68'
14
Lucky Mothwa
Midfielder
82'
29
Joaquim Lupeta
Forward/Striker
83'
0
Tumelo Mogale
Midfielder
87'
4
Grant Margeman
Midfielder
86'
0
CARDS
Jacky Motshegwa
Midfielder
77'
32
Rivaldo Coetzee
Defender
44'
3
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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