Cosmos had the better form going into the match with two successive wins in their last two home games whereas Ajax were winless in their last nine matches.
Hosts ‘Ezenkosi’ caught the Cape visitors napping in the fourth minute of play when Charlton Mashumba ran on to a what looked like an innocuous through ball from a teammate towards the Ajax goalmouth. Ajax ‘keeper Anssi Jaakkola ran out to the edge of the penalty area to stave off the pending danger but was unable to stop Mashumba’s chip ahead into an unguarded goal (1-0).
While Ajax were recovering from this setback, Cosmos mounted a strong attack down the left flank soon afterwards but a poor goalmouth cross from near the corner flag failed to trouble the visitors’ defence.
The rest of the first half saw Ajax enjoy the upper hand for sustained spells but they were forced to land their best efforts from long range as the doggedly obdurate Cosmos defence stood firm in front of goal. The Cosmos goalmouth custodian Sherwyn Naicker took care of whatever came his way although he conceded two corners as he parried two well-struck scoring attempts from outside the penalty area.
Cosmos were content to sit on their 1-0 lead which remained intact by the time referee Victor Gomes sounded the halftime whistle.
The Cosmos pair, Tebogo Makobela (23rd minute) and Cheslyn Jampies (39th) were first-half yellow card offenders.
The introduction of Nathan Paulse in the Ajax attack at the start of the second half proved hugely unsettling for the Cosmos defence as he proved hard to contain on his early sorties into the opposition half.
He didn’t end up on the scorers’list by the time the game ended but his presence helped to expose the opposition defence’s vulnerability and it came as no surprise when Cape Town’s ‘Urban Warriors’ finally made their pressure count, on either side of the hour mark.
In the 56th minute, Ajax’s Prince Nxumalo rose above the defence for the equaliser and a few minutes later Mosa Lebusa snatched what proved to be the eventual matchwinner for the Cape visitors.
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