MATCH CENTRE

SAT 25 FEBRUARY 2017, 20:15, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

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Ajax, Chiefs play to 1-1 draw in Athlone

by BackPageTXT

Sat February 25, 22:19

Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs played to an exciting 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership clash at a packed Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.

Nathan Paulse and Daniel Cardoso finding the back of the net in the second half as the two teams eventually settled for a point apiece, in what was a thrilling encounter.

Thabo Mosadi sparked the game into life in the eighth minute with the winger seeing his volley attempt straight at a grateful Itumeleng Khune in the Amakhosi goal.

The chance in turn set the Glamour Boys into motion with Siphiwe Tshabalala unlucky not to give Chiefs the lead four minutes later. The Chiefs ace had Jody February beaten but not the frame of the goal.

Chances continued to come at either end of the park, but despite all the goalmouth action the game was goalless at the break.

That soon changed, and after Mosadi forced Khune into a great save in the 51st minute - Paulse hit the back of the net seven minutes later.

The burly forward nodding home from a Mosadi cross as he continued his rich scoring form - not only against Chiefs - but also against Khune, who he beat on Ajax way to lifting the 2015 MTN8 title.

Bantu Mzwakali was then unfortunate to see his header attempt rattle the crossbar in the 61st minute, as Ajax went within inches of doubling their lead.

Chiefs finally leveled matter following a relentless spell of pressure; Cardoso with the pivotal touch from a George Maluleka free-kick in the 79th minute of the match.

Ndiviwe Mdabuka had a chance to steal all three points for the Urban Warriors in the final minute of regulation time, but the midfielder could only succeed in guiding his shot wide of goal.

Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Paulse 58')

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Cardoso 79')

Ajax Cape Town: February; Lebusa, Lartey, Evans - Kabwe, Mdabuka - Mayambela (Nxumalo 87'), Mzwakali (Isaacs 66'), Mosadi - Paulse (Morris 76')

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Masilela, Cardoso, Mathoho, Mphahlele - Katsande, Tshabalala, Maluleka, Molangoane, Lebese (Twala 59') - Paez (Parker 79')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CAPE TOWN STADIUM
AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS
29. Nathan Paulse (58') 4. Daniel Cardoso (79')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1
AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
78'
26
Defender
79'
4
Defender
5
Defender
3
Defender
34
2
Defender
27
Defender
24
Midfielder
66'
11
Midfielder
59'
17
Midfielder
87'
22
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
90 + 2'
23
Forward/Striker
79'
28
Forward/Striker
36'
58'
76'
29
Forward/Striker
80'
23
SUBSTITUTIONS
Erwin Isaacs
Midfielder
66'
20
William Thwala
Midfielder
59'
7
Tasriq Morris
Midfielder
76'
14
Bernard Parker
Forward/Striker
79'
25
Prince Nxumalo
Forward/Striker
87'
15
CARDS
Nathan Paulse
Forward/Striker
36'
29
Joseph Malongoane
Forward/Striker
80'
23
Lawrence Lartey
Defender
78'
26
Thabo Mosadi
Midfielder
90 + 2'
23
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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