MATCH CENTRE

TUE 22 NOVEMBER 2016, 19:30, ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM

2
VS
3

Ajax Cape Town pick up first win in 2016/17

by BackPageTXT

Tue November 22, 21:33

Ajax Cape Town’s wait for a first win of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season is over, after they defeated Platinum Stars 3-2 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Tuesday.

The Urban Warriors scored through Bantu Mzwakali, Prince Nxumalo and an own goal from Dikwena goalkeeper Steven Hoffman, while the hosts netted consolations through Vuyo Mere and Benson Shilongo.

The first half was a catastrophe for Platinum Stars, who committed a string of defensive errors inside the first half hour to find themselves 3-0 down. From there, the match was always going to be beyond rescuing for the hosts.

In the 12th minute Mark Mayambela took advantage of some poor positioning to tee up Bantu Mzwakali to score the first goal and put the Cape side into a deserved lead.

Just three minutes later another defensive error saw Prince Nxumalo score his first goal of the 2016/17 season to make it 2-0 to the Urban Warriors.

Dikwena responded by withdrawing defender Sphamandla Mlilo and replacing him with the more experienced Siboniso Gumede midway through the first half.

However, Stars’ comedy of errors at the back continued unabated, as an Ajax attack in the 27th minute was rewarded with another goal – this time goalkeeper Steven Hoffman got the last touch into his own net to make it 3-0.

The home side came out in the second half with renewed energy, having no doubt been given a blasting by coach Cavin Johnson in the changeroom.

On 64 minutes they pulled a goal back, with veteran defender Vuyo Mere scoring with a left-footed strike to make it 3-1 and give them hope of a comeback in what remained of the match.

That hope was almost extinguished by Ajax’s Thabo Mosadi in the 78th minute, with the midfielder sending a fierce effort beyond the reach of Hoffman only to see the ball rebound off the crossbar.

Stars finally got a second goal deep in injury time through Benson Shilongo, but it did nothing to take the three points away from Ajax.

Platinum Stars (0) 2 (Mere 64’, Shilongo 90+4’)

Ajax Cape Town (3) 3 (Mzwakali 12’, Nxumalo 15’, Hoffman og 27’)

Stars: Hoffman, Mere, Mlilo (Gumede 23’), Sithole, Zulu, Msomi, Mnguni, Mathe, Mpeta (Senne 46’), Shilongo, Kodisang (Botes 63’)

Ajax: February, Isaacs, Lartey, Pietersen, Saralina (Chipeta 65’), Mzwakali (Morris 56’), Mdabuka, Graham (Mabaso 71’), Mosadi, Mayambela, Nxumalo

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUM
PLATINUM STARS GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
2. Vuyo Mere (64') 11. Bantu Mzawkali (12')
7. Benson Shilongo (90 + 4') 15. Prince Nxumalo (16')
Steven Hoffman (27') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
27'
0
Goalkeeper
36'
30
Defender
5
Defender
26
Defender
46'
0
Defender
27
Defender
23
Defender
65'
37
Defender
22
Midfielder
12'
56'
11
Defender
23'
3
Midfielder
20
Defender
64'
2
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
63'
0
Midfielder
84'
8
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
50'
28
Midfielder
71'
6
Forward/Striker
90 + 4'
7
Forward/Striker
16'
15
SUBSTITUTIONS
S'boniso Gumede
Defender
23'
20
Tasriq Morris
Midfielder
56'
14
Sipho Senne
Midfielder
46'
0
Eric Chipeta
Defender
65'
4
Henrico Botes
Forward/Striker
63'
9
Abel Mabaso
Defender
71'
2
CARDS
Solomon Mathe
Midfielder
50'
28
Jody February
Goalkeeper
36'
30
Sipho Senne
Midfielder
58'
0
Ndiviwe Mdabuka
Midfielder
84'
8
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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