'Warriors' wallop 'Ezenkosi'
Ajax Cape Town moved to the top of the Castle Premiership standings after beating Jomo Cosmos 3-0 at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday evening.
After demolishing BidVest Wits 4-0 and beating Kaizer Chiefs 2-1, Jomo Cosmos were stopped dead in their tracks by an enterprising Ajax Cape Town side.
Ajax had most of the ball possession early on, but Cosmos almost drew first blood in the eighth minute, when Ajax's defender Dominic Isaacs failed to clear the ball. The ball fell nicely for 'Ezenkosi' captain Sammy Magalefa - but the midfielder's shot flew well wide of the Ajax goals.
Thembinkosi Fanteni then put Ajax ahead three minutes later when he converted Mfundo Shumana's pin-point cross from the left flank.
With the scoreline now 1-0, Cosmos countered instantly, but last weekend's hero Calvin Kadi turned villain as the striker missed a sitter, with Ajax's goalkeeper Hans Vonk at his mercy, in the 12th minute. A long throw into the Ajax box saw Anthony Laffor control the ball well, but the Cosmos striker shot tamely on the turn and Vonk made a comfortable save.
Mokete Tsotetsi did not look all that comfortable at the back in the absence of defensive anchor Thapelo Tshilo, as Fanteni proved to be handful for the defender throughout.
Tsotetsi brought down Fanteni in the 36th minute and Russel Mwafulirwa almost made Cosmos pay as he was unlucky to see his header fly over the bar from the resulting free-kick.
Ajax's Brent Carelse played an exquisite through ball and Fanteni got to the end of it, but the striker was adjudged to have brought down Tsotetsi.
In the 43rd minute, Grandwald Scott put the 'Urban Warriors' 2-0 ahead, when he took a shot on the turn to beat Zico Shiningayamwe in the Cosmos goals.
Afterwards, a Shiningayamwe clearance did not travel far enough in the windy conditions of the Cape and the ball again fell for Scott who tried a chip over the 'keeper but it flew over the bar and Ajax led 2-0 into the half-time break.
The second half promised more of the same action as Ajax and Cosmos battle it out for possession in the midfield.
The unlikely figure of Ajax defender Clayton Jagers led the next attack for the 'Urban Warriors' when he intercepted a Cosmos attack and set Carelse up on the left flank.
Carelse managed to cut inside and he passed to Fanteni, who was looming in the Cosmos box, but the striker blasted his shot over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Franklin Cale, who came on in the second half, provided Ajax with width on the left flank and got into the action when he provided an early low cross. The deadly Fanteni controlled the ball well and unleashed a fierce strike that beat Shiningayamwe for Ajax's third goal and Fanteni's brace and the victory.