MATCH CENTRE

SUN 30 APRIL 2017, 15:00, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

2
VS
0

Urban Warriors punish Dikwena to jump to 10th

by Bertin Basson

Sun April 30, 17:45

Ajax Cape Town moved into 10th place on the Absa Premiership log standings, following a commanding 2-0 win over Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Urban Warriors were the better team throughout, as they jump to within two points of the top eight. Grant Margeman and Ndiviwe Mdabuka with the goals on the day for the hosts.

Margeman opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute, with the hard-working midfielder running onto a precise through ball by Travis Graham - steadying himself and firing through the legs of Mbongeni Mzimela. A third goal in South Africa's top-flight for the 18-year-old.

The Cape side continued to dominate the clash, but failed to make Dikwena pay as Prince Nxumalo missed a succession of chances.

Mbongeni Mzimela the savior on two occasions for the Phokeng-based club, first to punch clear Nxumalo's header attempt before saving with his feet in the 42nd minute - again to deny the KwaZulu-Natal born forward.

Dikwena showed more promise following the break, with Mosa Lebusa on hand to clear off-the-line four minutes into the second stanza.

Ajax Cape Town, though, still looked the better of the two sides with Nathan Paulse and Thabo Mosadi missing successive chances at the other end of the park.

The hosts, though, would finally double their advantage as Mdabuka's deflected shot bounced into the back of the net in the 66th minute.

Platinum Stars failed to deliver any serious goal threat in the closing stages as the Cape club returned to winning ways, to ease their relegation woes.

Ajax Cape Town (1) 2 (Margeman 6' Mdabuka 66')

Platinum Stars (0) 0

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Lebusa, Coetzee, Pietersen, Isaacs - Graham, Margeman, Mdabuka (Lartey 84') - Mayambela (Kabwe 75'), Mosadi, Nxumalo (Paulse 59')

Platinum Stars: Mzimela; Mpeta, Mlilo, Mkhabela, Mnguni (Phiri 71') - Mere, Mathe, Ng'ambi (Shilongo 80') - Nale (Mabena 73'), Msomi, Botes

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CAPE TOWN STADIUM
AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS PLATINUM STARS GOALS
13. Grant Margeman (6')
8. Ndiviwe Mdabuka (66')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP PLATINUM STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
21
Defender
67'
5
Defender
0
Defender
3
Defender
25'
71'
23
Defender
27
Defender
3
Midfielder
20
Defender
2
Midfielder
6'
13
Midfielder
73'
37
Midfielder
75'
22
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
66'
84'
8
Midfielder
79'
22
Midfielder
31'
23
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
28
Forward/Striker
59'
15
Forward/Striker
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Nathan Paulse
Forward/Striker
59'
29
Gerald Phiri Jnr
Midfielder
71'
0
Roderick Kabwe
Midfielder
75'
35
Ndumiso Mabena
Forward/Striker
73'
10
Lawrence Lartey
Defender
84'
26
Benson Shilongo
Forward/Striker
79'
7
CARDS
Thabo Mosadi
Midfielder
31'
23
Siphiwe Mnguni
Defender
25'
23
Mosa Lebusa
Defender
67'
5
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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