Absa Premiership: Supersport United 1-2 Ajax Cape Town
Ajax Cape Town registered their first away win of the season when they beat Supersport United 2-1 in the Absa Premiership encounter at the rainy Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday night.
Man of the match Eleazar Rodgers opened the scoring in the 39th minute before Aidan Jenniker made sure of the victory for the visitors with eight minutes to play, while Sibusiso Zuma got the consolation goal for United in the 85th minute.
A win for Ajax Cape Town in a thrilling match that saw two penalties awarded and a red card flashed in the dying minutes sees them climb to eighth place on the log with 13 points from 11 matches while Supersport United are third on the log with 18 points after 10 matches.
Manager Cavin Johnson started with youngster Morne Nel and Rowen Fernandez between the sticks for injured young ‘keeper Ronwen Williams while the visiting coach Mushin Ertugral started with Lance Davids and brought back Finland born goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola in the line-up.
The Urban Warriors started a better side and they thought they were 1-0 up barely two minutes in when Eleazer Rorgers headed in Lebohang Manyama’s cross only for the goal to be ruled offside. The Cape Town side came threatening again in the eighth minute when Eleazar Rodgers failed to control his shot on target after he was picked by Manyama who also failed hit the target himself from few yards out after capitalising from Mor Diouf’s poor clearance a minute later.
Both teams then closed each other down and did not allow each other to penetrate in each other’s defence until Ajax Cape Town finally broke the deadlock seven minutes before half-time when Lebohang Manyama combined well with Eleazar Rodgers when the lanky striker made a sliding finish from close range after connecting with low cross from the youngster to give Ajax the lead.
Supersport United then made a change in the restart bringing on Sameegh Doutie in the space of Bennett Chenene as the hosts looked to act fast and get an equaliser. The Urban Warriors almost made it 2-0 nine minutes from the restart when Keegan Dolly cut back a cross for Eleazar Rodgers who unleashed a shot from the edge of the area to force Rowen Fernandez into a great save with his legs.
Then Sameegh Doutie shot from inside the area but his effort was parried away for a corner by Anssi Jaakkola before the Finish ‘keeper tipped over Mor Diouf’s header from the resulting corner as Matsatsantsa looked to respond.
The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute after Bantu Mzwakali was brought down by Bevan Fransman who was outpaced by the midfielder to goal. Thulani Hlatshwayo stepped up but his spot kick was well saved by diving Rowen Fernandez.
Bantu Mzwakali looked to be a nightmare for United defence when he was put through on goal by Dolly and lobbed the ball over onrushing Rowen Fernandez but his effort came off the crossbar two minutes later before Aiden Janniker slotted the ball between the legs of Fernandez from tight angle a minute later to make the score 2-0 to Ajax Cape Town.
Supersport United got the penalty of their own when Sibusiso Zuma was pushed by Domenic Isaacs inside the box. The veteran striker stepped up and took the penalty himself and it was saved by Anssi Jaakkola but he scored from the rebound and reduced the deficit by one goal, 2-1.
The last drama of the match came in the 90th minute when Bevan Fransman got a second bookable offence and forced Supersport United to finish the match with ten men and lose for the second time in row after going down by same score line over the weekend to Orlando Pirates in a cup tie.
Supersport United: Fernandez, Nkausi, Mdledle, Fransman©, Diouf, Nel (Maluleke 76’), Chenene (Doutie 45’), Mathebula, Phala, Niang ( Zuma 64’), Gyimar
Ajax Cape Town: Jaakkola, Issacs ©, Hlatshwayo, Krjauklis, Losper, Alexander (Mzwakali 70’) Dolly, Ernesto, Rodgers (Paulse 61’), Manyama, Davids ( Jenniker 50’).