MATCH CENTRE

SAT 23 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00, PETER MOKABA STADIUM

2
VS
2

Baroka regain top spot after a 2-2 draw at home

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat September 23, 17:20

Baroka FC moved back to the summit of the Absa Premiership when they drew 2-2 against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday afternoon at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The hosts netted through Richard Matloga and Lewis Macha, as the now have 12 points from six matches so far.

On the other hand, the visiting side scored courtesy of Roderick Kabwe and Tashreeq Morris as they secured a point.

Ajax began the proceedings on a high as they dictated the terms in the heart of the part from the first whistle.

Kabwe used their possession to good use as he netted a cracker of a goal in the second minute after unleashing a thunderous shot, beating goalkeeper Virgil Vries on his right corner.

The ninth minute saw the hosts pushing for an immediate response and Mathari Mothupa also tried a long range shot, but it went wide.

However, in the 11th minute, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele received a penalty after the referee called for a handball in the box and Matloga converted from the spot.

The Urban Warriors pushed for another goal and Kabwe was denied by Vries from a close range and conceded a throw in.

With both sides exchanging possession in the last 15 minutes of the encounter, there were no opportunities in front of the goal - 1-1 at half time.

The Urban Warriors bounced back with more intent as they regained their lead through Morris in the 50th minute.

Morris received a wonderful pass from the right wing and he controlled the ball well, before slotting the ball into Vries' left corner.

However, seven minutes later the hosts also found the net with a beautiful header from substitute Macha as he outjumped his opponent to beat keeper Brendon Petersen on his right corner.

Towards the last 10 minutes, the hosts keepr Vries nearly conceded as he misjudged a ball into his area, but the Mother City side failed to capitalise on the error.

Uzoenyi Ejike tried a great set piece in the last five minutes from the edge of the area, but Vries was equal to the task as the ball took a deflection.

Coach Kgoloko Thobejane's men thought they have found a winner in the 89th minute when Gift Motupa scored, but it was ruled out for an offside.

Resulting from the stalemate, coach Stanley Menzo's side now sit at number 10 on the log table with five points from the same number of matches.

Baroka FC (1) 2 (Matloga 12', Macha 57')
Ajax Cape Town (1) 2 (Kabwe 2', Morris 50')

Baroka FC: Vries, Shaku, Matloga (Kgaswane 61'), Ntshangase, Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Nguzana (Macha 37')

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Booysen, Evans, Pietersen (Mdabuka 48'), Nhlapo, Malepe, Lebusa, Kabwe (Margeman 72'), Mosadi, Morris, Makua (Uzoenyi 46')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH PETER MOKABA STADIUM
BAROKA FC GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
12. Richard Matloga (12') 16. Roderick Kabwe (2')
11. Tasriq Morris (50')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
BAROKA FC STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
24
Defender
13
Defender
37'
30
Defender
30
Defender
15
Defender
90'
5
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
31
Defender
48'
3
Defender
38'
6
Defender
65'
36
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
2'
72'
16
Midfielder
12'
12
Midfielder
7
0
Forward/Striker
46'
32
Midfielder
21
Forward/Striker
50'
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Lewis Macha
Forward/Striker
37'
19
Ejike Uzoenyi
Midfielder
46'
17
Ndiviwe Mdabuka
Midfielder
48'
18
Grant Margeman
Midfielder
72'
8
CARDS
Shaku Olaleng
Defender
38'
6
Tercious Malepe
Defender
65'
36
Mosa Lebusa
Defender
90'
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
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