MATCH CENTRE

FRI 26 JANUARY 2018, 20:00, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

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Urban Warriors made to rue missed chances in goalless stalemate

by Bertin Basson

Fri January 26, 22:49

Ajax Cape Town were made to rue a catalogue of chances as they were held to a goalless stalemate by Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership fixture at Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening.

The Urban Warriors dominated ball possession on a windy evening in the Mother City, but were unable to find the back of the net as both teams ultimately settled for a point apiece.

Muhsin Ertugral's troops started the more positive of the two side's as Tercious Malepe fired in a rasping shot at goal on 12 minutes. Ali Sangare, though, was up to the task.

Yannick Zakri, on debut for the hosts, was a joy to watch throughout the encounter and the Ivory Coast international went close to finding the opener just short of the half-hour mark.

Having beaten the goalkeeper to the ball, the attacker was only denied by Rooi Mahamutsa who cleared from danger.

Chances at goal were at a premium for the remainder of the stanza with the two teams deadlocked at 0-0 when the referee blew his whistle for half-time.

Free State Stars registered the first shot in anger following the break as Brandon Petersen denied Nyiko Mobbie with a diving save.

Former Ajax Cape Town man Nhlanhla Vilakazi was then unlucky to see his curling effort canon off the woodwork and out of danger in the 76th minute, with Petersen well beaten.

This breathed life into the hosts who dominated the remainder of the clash with Zakri and Fagrie Lakay a constant threat in attack.

Roscoe Pietersen went close for the home side in the 89th minute as his free-kick bounced narrowly wide of goal, as the Urban Warriors surged forward in search of all three points.

Lakay then had a chance to win it for the Urban Warriors in stoppage time, but having lost his marker on the edge of the area he could only succeed in sending his shot off target.

In the end it was not to be for the hosts as they now set their sights on a must win encounter against Orlando Pirates this coming Wednesday.

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Kammies, Pietersen, Booysen, Lebusa - Malepe (Mdabuka 68'), Sasman, Margeman - Julies (Morris 46'), Lakay, Zakri.

Free State Stars: Sangare; Mobbie, Keita, Mahamutsa, Phungwayo - Masehe, Tchilimbou, Vilakazi, Potsane (Maphakisa 61') - Jantjie (Anas 79'), Mthembu (Mashego 90+1').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CAPE TOWN STADIUM
AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
30
Defender
87'
22
Defender
5
Defender
2
Defender
3
29
Defender
67'
25
Defender
58'
28
Defender
68'
36
Midfielder
27
Defender
15
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
46'
42
Midfielder
52'
79'
11
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
21
Forward/Striker
29
Forward/Striker
61'
18
SUBSTITUTIONS
Tasriq Morris
Forward/Striker
46'
11
Thabo Maphakisa
Midfielder
61'
37
Ndiviwe Mdabuka
Midfielder
68'
18
Mohammed Anas
Forward/Striker
79'
3
Katlego Mashego (FST)
Midfielder
90 + 1'
20
CARDS
Sergio Kammies
Defender
67'
25
Sinethemba Jantjie
Midfielder
52'
11
Rooi Mahamutsa
Defender
58'
28
Bengali Keita
Defender
87'
22
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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