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Classy Ajax wallop Arrows


Ajax Cape Town moved up to eighth position in the 2006/07 Castle Premiership standings after handing Golden Arrows a 2-0 drubbing at Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

As expected, both teams played nice attacking football, but it was the 'Urban Warriors' who had - and used - the better chances in the first half.

Arrows' first and only chance of the first 45 minutes fell to star striker Mabhuti Khanyeza in the third minute when he tried to chip the ball over Hans Vonk - only for the ball to go over the bar.

Ajax had a penalty appeal turned down in the 14th minute after the ball looked like it had hit the hand of Arrows defender Kabamba Chintu, but the referee waved play on.

'Terror' Fanteni could only look on in dismay two minutes later as his well-taken shot hit the cross-bar with substitute Arrows goalkeeper Davies Phiri well-beaten.

But the self-same Fanteni redeemed himself when he put Ajax in the lead in the 27th minute before Granwald Scott added a second score in the 39th minute that gave the 'Urban Warriors' a winning 2-0 lead at the half-time break.

'Abafana Bes'thende' started the second half the better side, but they could not create any good scoring chances, as they did in the first half.

Franklin Cale almost caught Arrows by surprise in the 68th minute when he took a snap-shot towards goals, but his shot went narrowly wide with Phiri well-beaten, before Joseph Henyekane almost pull one back for Arrows in the 80th minute when he took a long-range shot at goal, only for Vonk to easily save.

Papi Zothwane, who was having a quiet game by his normal standards, saw his shot go over the bar on the stroke of full-time - summing up Arrows' day as the full-time whistle signalled their 10th loss of the season.

Ajax, meanwhile, simply strengthened their chances of finishing the season in the top eight with this well-deserved 2-0 victory.

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Sunday, January 28
Castle Premiership

Swallows v Premier United 
Kick-off: 3.45pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 20
Castle Premiership
Draw 0-0 v Pirates
Venue: Ellis Park

January 14
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 10
Castle Premiership
Lost 0-1 v Supersport
Venue:
 Loftus Stadium

Sunday, January 7
Castle Premiership
Draw 2-2 v Leopards
Venue:
Germiston Stadium

Wednesday, December 20
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v AmaZulu
Venue: Princess Magogo

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