moncler kids Cape Town City v Ajax Cape Town Match Report
A solitary second half Craig Martin goal gave Cape Town City another victory over their rivals Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.
Ajax were looking to end City’s dominance in the derby. Both sides were desperate to claim Cape Derby bragging nights, and the Citizens coach Benni McCarthy in particular opted for his most attacking starting XI. The Bafana Bafana legend made four changes to his line up. Most notably, Ayanda Patosi was brought into the squad as they looked to utilise the winger’s creativity.
Meanwhile, on the side of the Urban Warriors, Muhsin Ertugral went with a similar team to the squad that overcame Platinum Stars last weekend with top scorer Tashreeq Morris partnering Tendai Ndoro upfront.
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Following a 15 minute delay due to a ticketing issue prior to kick off, the derby got underway to a rather slow and pragmatic start. Both clubs were content to get feel for the game, and the blistering conditions made playing with any sort of intensity difficult.
City though, looked the more positive of the two sides and were getting much enjoyment down the left wing with Patosi proving to be a nuisance for the Ajax defence throughout the first half. While City had a few half chances early on with just over 10 minutes played, they would consider themselves as being unfortunate not to have broken the deadlock. Craig Martin was superbly played through on goal by a stellar Teko Modise pass, but with the keeper beaten the speedy attacker was denied by the post.
Despite, City’s early dominance, Ajax were beginning to come into the game. Ajax threatened when Ndiviwe Mdabuka got on the end of a dangerous cross but his header could not find the target. But with the half time whistle looming, City were again on the attack. But coach McCarthy would be left frustrated as Thabo Nodada struck his effort straight at Brandon Petersen. City were certainly looking the better of the two sides, and just before the break, their chances of victory were given an even further boost when Gerald Takwara was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
This did not stop Ajax’s motivation and youngster Sirgio Kammies had arguably the away side’s best chance of the half, but after latching onto a beautiful layoff from Ndoro on the edge of the area, his shot left much to be desired as they ended the half level.
The resumption of the second half saw a more free flowing affair with City continuing to look strong on the attack, and with 52 minutes played, City finally manged to breach Ajax’s resolute defence. Martin who was one of City’s dangerman in the first half was on hand as he headed home a fantastic Patosi cross.
In response, Ertugral replaced his leading goalscorer Morris as the Turk looked for a more creative outlet, bringing on Fagrie Lakay. The change did little to turn the tide in Ajax’s favour as City consistently had the Ajax defence under the cosh. The City technical team also made changes of their own as they brought on their own creative mastermind in Lyle Lakay.
Lakay almost immediately showed why he was the club’s leading assists maker before kick off as he put the ball on the plate for Nodada. But the 22 year old could not direct his header goalwards to the dismay of his coach.
The encounter became a rather stop start affair as tempers began to flare up, and McCarthy was given his marching orders late on in the second half. That did little to deter City who could have had a second goal towards the death but Petersen made a sensational save to deny Lyle Lakay’s curling free kick. Try as Ajax did, it was just not enough as they failed to claim Cape Town bragging rights yet again and were condemned to their fourth derby defeatin a row.