PSL News 12.1.2018 10:31 pm

Ajax put Platinum Stars to the sword

Tendai Ndoro of Ajax Cape Town celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium. (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

Tendai Ndoro of Ajax Cape Town celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium. (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

Ajax Cape Town climbed out of the relegation zone at Platinum Stars’ expense following a 3-1 league win at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

It was a first win in three games since Muhsin Ertugral took over as head coach, and his men showed character to recover from a goal down to score three times in the second half to move out of the relegation zone.

For Stars coach Roger De Sa it was a night to forget as his team fell into the drop zone after losing against his former employers.

Ajax started off well, but couldn’t find a way to penetrate the Stars defence and had to wait until the 25th minute for their first effort on goal, which saw Fagrie Lakay’s shot saved by Dino Visser.

Dikwena had their first opportunity a minute later, and home keeper Brandon Petersen had to make a superb stop to keep Vuyo Mere’s well-struck long range shot out the net.

Although the Urban Warriors had another chance when debutant Tendai Ndoro fired inches wide, the visitors were starting to look a more dangerous proposition as the game went on.

And it was Stars who drew first blood when Zama Rambuwane, playing in his first game since moving on loan from SuperSport United, headed in a Mere cross five minutes before the interval.

The hosts came out firing after half time, although again some determined defending from Stars limited Ajax’s chances on goal.

But after Ndoro’s bicycle kick was saved by Visser, the Urban Warriors drew level in the 73rd minute when Tercious Malepe scored his first goal for the club with a close-range effort.

The Cape side turned up the heat a bit more as they sensed the kill and they scored again 10 minutes later, when Tashrique Morris smashed the ball into the roof of the net for his fifth league goal this season.

The evening was capped off in perfect style when former Orlando Pirates striker Ndoro netted in added time to bring some much needed relief in the form of three points for his side.

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