MATCH CENTRE

TUE 25 APRIL 2017, 19:30, LOFTUS VERSVELD STADIUM

2
VS
0

Urban Warriors suffer defeat in Tshwane

by Bertin Basson

Tue April 25, 21:26

Mamelodi Sundowns scored two quick-fire goals to secure a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Percy Tau and Themba Zwane on target for the Brazilians who move up to second place on the standings, with results elsewhere having gone their way.

The Urban Warriors, in fact, enjoyed an outstanding first half with Stanley Menzo's game plan working to perfection.

For large parts of the game it seemed as if a repeat of the reverse fixture was on the cards, only for 'Downs to turn up the style following the break.

After Khama Billiat and Tau saw their respective efforts over the crossbar, the latter was brilliantly denied by Brandon Petersen in the 31st minute.

Ajax Cape Town ended the half the better of the two sides with Neo Makua and Thabo Mosadi forcing Denis Onyango into successive saves at the opposite end of the park, as the first stanza ended goalless.

The Brazilians improved following the interval and were unlucky not to hit the front as Hlompho Kekana's 45-yard rocket rattled the woodwork.

Tau finally broke the deadlock in the 68th minute as he calmly chipped the ball over the onrushing Petersen after being put through on goal by former Urban Warrior, Billiat.

Sundowns doubled their lead six minutes later through Zwane - the midfielder on hand to tap into an open net following a weaving run my Anthony Laffor.

Ajax Cape Town provided little threat in the closing stages as 'Downs made huge strides in defending their title.

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 2 (Tau 68' T.Zwane 74')

Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Langerman (Hachi 67'), Nascimento, Madisha, Morena - Kekana, Mohomi - T.Zwane (Modise 84'), Billiat, Mashaba (Laffor 46') - Tau

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Isaacs, Pietersen, Coetzee (Lartey 78'), Lebusa - Graham, Margeman - Mosadi (Funga 81'), Kabwe, Makua (Mzwakali 61') - Nxumalo

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH LOFTUS VERSVELD STADIUM
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
22. Percy Tau (68')
18. Themba Zwane (74')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
61'
36
Goalkeeper
1
16
Defender
16'
5
Defender
67'
4
Defender
78'
3
Midfielder
8
Defender
27
Midfielder
20'
33
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
61'
17
Midfielder
46'
19
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
68'
22
Midfielder
81'
23
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
74'
84'
18
Forward/Striker
15
SUBSTITUTIONS
Anthony Laffor
Midfielder
46'
28
Bantu Mzawkali
Midfielder
61'
11
Fares Hachi
Defender
67'
0
Lawrence Lartey
Defender
78'
26
Teko Modise
Midfielder
84'
10
Aubrey Funga
Midfielder
81'
0
CARDS
Khama Billiat
Midfielder
20'
33
Mosa Lebusa
Defender
16'
5
Dennis Onyango
Goalkeeper
61'
36
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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