MATCH CENTRE

TUE 20 SEPTEMBER 2016, 19:30, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

1
VS
1

Paulse's strike not enough to hand Ajax win

by BackPageTXT

Tue September 20, 21:48

Despite their early goal from Nathan Paulse, Ajax Cape Town failed to beat Polokwane City in their Absa Premiership encounter which ended in a 1-1 draw at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night.

In the second stanza, a penalty from Thobani Mncwango handed the visiting side a deserved point.

In the wake of the draw, the 10-man Ajax are now placed at number nine on the log table with two points from three league matches thus far.

As early as the fourth minute, Paulse took the lead for the hosts after a sweet cross from the right flank by Thabo Mosadi.

Following the early lead, Roger De Sa's men dominated the proceedings until the 17th minute when Puleng Tlolane tried to beat goalkeeper Brandon Petersen on the right post, but his shot went wide.

Tlolane once again produced a powerful shot at goal in the 21st minute aiming for the top corner, but Petersen was equal to the task to punch it away for a corner.

Luc Eymael's side tried to get something in the opening half, but they failed to open the stubborn Urban Warriors defence.

It was 1-0 at half time.

The first 10 minutes of the second stanza failed to produce clear cut chances despite Ajax's dominance with keeper George Chigova collecting all the balls into his area.

However, a foul on Tlolane in the box by Roscoe Pietersen in the 60th minute forced the referee to give City a penalty and show the defender his second yellow card.

Rise and Shine's Mncwango raised his hand to convert from the penalty spot making it 1-1, beating Petersen on his right corner.

Although both sides probed for a winner, Tlolane saw his his well struck curler saved for a corner by Petersen in 88th minute.

The stalemate took the Citizens to the 10th spot on the log with two points from three matches so far.

Ajax Cape Town: (1) 1 (Paulse 4')

Polokwane City: (0) 1 (Mncwango 61')

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Mabaso, Coetzee, Pietersen, Lebusa, Mokoena (Chipeta 63'), Graham, Isaacs, Mosadi (Mdabuka 46'), Mzwakali, Paulse (Nxumalo 73')

Polokwane City: Chigova, Semenya, Hlongwane, Mbonani, Tema, Seabi, Mncwango, Tlolane (Ndou 90'), Ndlovu, Kanyenda (Jembula 58'), Ramagalela

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CAPE TOWN STADIUM
AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS POLOKWANE CITY GOALS
29. Nathan Paulse (4') 31. Thobani Mncwango (61')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1
AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP POLOKWANE CITY STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
2
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
5
Defender
22
Defender
3
Defender
2
Defender
48'
61'
27
Defender
23
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
63'
18
Forward/Striker
56'
9
Midfielder
46'
23
Forward/Striker
90'
10
Midfielder
38'
6
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
4'
71'
29
Forward/Striker
61'
31
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ndiviwe Mdabuka
Midfielder
46'
8
Sipho Jembula
Midfielder
56'
38
Eric Chipeta
Defender
63'
4
Rendani Ndou
Forward/Striker
90'
19
Prince Nxumalo
Forward/Striker
71'
15
CARDS
Travis Graham
Midfielder
38'
6
Roscoe Pietersen
Defender
48'
27
Roscoe Pietersen
Defender
61'
27
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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