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Urban Warriors Gun Down Ezenkhosi 06/04/05
Following their defeat to Bush Bucks over the weekend, Ajax Cape Town got back to winning ways when they scored a solid 2-0 victory over Jomo Cosmos at the Newlands Stadium on Wednesday night.

Ajax enjoyed the better of exchanges in the first half, dominating in both the possession and the shots on goal statistics.

It was the hosts who had the first chance of the game, when, in the seventh minute, Nhlanhla Shabalala cut inside from the left and fired goalwards, however, Cosmos keeper Avril Phali was well positioned to make the save.

In the 20th minute the impressive Shabalala earned the Urban Warriors a free kick just outside the area when the Cosmos defence was forced to cut his mazy run short by illegal means.

Brett Evans took the set-piece, and brilliantly smashed the ball into the top corner of the net, giving Phali no chance.

Cosmos' chances were few and far between and their best opportunity of the first stanza came in the 44th minute when Innocent Ntsume burst through on goal. Ntsume scored twice in Ezenkhosi's previous PSL game, but on this occasion his finishing was poor as he shot wide of a diving Moeneeb Josephs, and also the left hand upright.

Any hopes of a Cosmos comeback in the second half were soon crushed as Ajax extended their lead in the 47th minute when Dominic Isaacs picked out Shabalala with an excellent cross, before the youngster rose well to bury the ball into the back of the net.

Jomo Sono's men came back well after this goal, although they rarely threatened to take anything from the game.

In the 64th minute Ntsume had another chance to pull one back for the visitors, but once again his effort was off target.

Six minutes later Cosmos put a good move together, however, when it came to burying the ball in the back of the net, Ezenkhosi striker Russell Mwafulirwa took too long and the chance went a-begging.

In the 77th minute Josephs showed his class in goal for the Urban Warriors when he pulled of a stunning point blank save from a Chris Katongo header, before following up with another fine stop from Mwafulirwa header from the resultant corner.

With three minutes to go, Cosmos thought their hard work had paid dividends when Mwafulirwa scored from close range, only for the goal to be correctly disallowed, for off-sides.

Ajax held on comfortably for the last few minutes, earning a morale-boosting victory ahead of their African Champion's League match on the weekend.

The result leaves the Cape side in a good position to qualify for next season's SAA Supa 8, while Cosmos now have
the very real threat of relegation to face.

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