SUN 26 JULY 2015, 13:00 , CAPE TOWN STADIUM

1 SuperSport Utd
VS
1 Ajax Cape Town

Ajax, United meet eyeing 3rd spot

Ajax, United meet eyeing 3rd spot
Bantu Mzwakali of Ajax Cape Town gets to the ball ahead of Adrien Silva of Sporting Lisbon during the 2015 Cape Town Cup game between Ajax Cape Town and Sporting Lisbon at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 24 July 2015

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jul 25, 2015. 12:13

Ajax Cape Town will have to do everything in their power to claim the third spot of the inaugural Cape Town Cup as they face SuperSport United in the third/fourth place play-off match on Sunday afternoon.

Although the Urban Warriors lost to Sporting Club de Portugal 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, coach Roger De Sa remains proud of his boys saying they matched their opponents.

However, the young Ajax team will have to rectify their mistakes and ensure they protect their lead as they face Amatsantsantsa A Pitori who are still licking their wounds after their 4-0 drubbing by Crystal Palace.

De Sa’s men could’ve wrapped up the match after they took the 2-1 lead against Sporting in the dying minutes of the match, but Franklin Cale missed a glorious chance only to allow Sporting to bounce back and secure a draw when Ruben Semedo equalised to take the game to penalties.

Bantu Mzwakali, Rivaldo Coetzee and Granwald Scott will be expected to continue with their never say die attitude hoping to claim the bronze medal.

Speaking after the match, De Sa said he’s disappointed to have lost the match but he will be going all out on Sunday.

"I am obviously disappointed when you go 2-1 up and let it slip in the end, to concede from a set piece like we did," De Sa says.

“Ideally you want to play teams you do not get a chance to play often, like Crystal Palace.

"So I am slightly disappointed there. But on Sunday we will go out and give it a full go against SuperSport United."

On the other hand, Gordon Igesund will have to ensure his troops are ready and pick up the pieces as they face a fellow PSL side.

The ex-Bafana Bafana coach will hope his key players such as skipper, Thuso Phala, Lebogang Manyama and the experienced Bongani Khumalo are in high spirits ahead of the match.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 13:00 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Ajax, Supersport United share third place in Cape Town Cup

Ajax, Supersport United share third place in Cape Town Cup
Thuso Phala of Supersport United takes on Milton Ncube and Ndiviwe Mdabuka of Ajax Cape Town during the 2015 Cape Town Cup game between Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 26 July 2015 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jul 26, 2015. 15:25

A late strike by Ajax Cape Town’s Travis Graham denied SuperSport United the win to claim the third place of the inaugural Cape Town Cup as they played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Cape Town Stadium.

Although United were still licking their wounds from their 4-0 rout at the hands of Crystal Palace on Friday night, the Tshwane side was the first one to move forward showing hunger to win the match.

After 10 minutes of play without a goal, Gordon Igesund’s men moved forward exchanging good passes and it was the skipper, Thuso Phala who found the back of the net in the 15th minute.

The hosts failed to deal with a cross the right as Bradley Grobler rose alone but the keeper, Jody February made a brilliant save, however, Phala was unmarked to easily tap it in.

The Urban Warriors could not find an equaliser in the first-half as they tried to push forward in numbers as one could say it was different Ajax fielded by coach Roger De Sa.

However, in the second-half, the introduction of players such as Graham and Olwethu Nguye gave the Capetonians some strength.

The Urban Warriors came close to find an equaliser when they hit the woodwork with Ronwen Williams beaten hands down from a beautiful cross by skipper, Franklin Cale.

Just after the 80th mark, as time was running out for De Sa’s men it was substitute Phumelele Bhengu who gave the Capetonians tough times as he managed to break free but his attempt was saved February on the near post.

After the referee added four minutes, Ajax found an equaliser through Graham following a beautiful delivery by Franklin Cale. He managed to outjump Clayton Daniels and beat Dumisani Msibi who replaced Williams.

Again with seconds remaining, the former Thanda Royal Zulu forward managed to trick the Ajax defence and faced February who stood his ground as Bhengu failed to hit the target as the referee signalled the end of the match.

Starting Lineup

SuperSport Utd : Ronwen Williams, Grant Kekana, Bongani Khumalo, Michael Boxall, Lebogang Manyama, Dove Wome, Enocent Mkhabela, Thuso Phala, Luvolwethu Mpeta, Jeremy Brockie, Kingston Nkhatha

Ajax Cape Town : Jody February, Rivaldo Coetzee, Aidan Jenniker, Cecil Lolo, Milton Ncube, Rheece Evans, Toriq Losper, Franklin Cale, Justin Jacobus, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Ndiviwe Mdabuka

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
3' United received a corner and Phala's delivery was dealt with by Ajax defence. Ajax aiming to use counter attack and they're awarded a set-piece which goes off the target.....
5' Rheece Evans (Ajax Cape Town) is cautioned.
6' Both sides still trying to settle down and play their normal game.
9' United receive a free-kick Evans clears away the danger.
11' SuperSport get a free-kick again but they're penalised for a foul in the box.
14' The hosts are the side doing the most defending.
15' Thuso Phala (SuperSport Utd) scores!
15' A cross from the right was headed by Grobler, Keeper saved but Phala was free to finish the rebound.
17' Roger De Sa's men will have to open United's defence as they probe for an equalsier.
20' Boxall and Khumalo stable at the back denying Losper and company,
21' Ajax get a corner but unable to cause trouble for United as it's cleared away.
22' Cale delivers a great cross and finds Jacobus whose header goes above the posts.
23' SSP 1-0 Ajax as we're now approaching the 30th minute mark.....
25' Ajax take a shot but lacks power as Williams gathers with ease.
27' Ajax playing nice one two's into the box but Mpeta covers well.
28' Nkhatha combines with Phala but Jenniker reads it and clears for a corner.
30' United are a better side since their 4-0 loss to Palace, moving forward more often.
31' Ajax take a shot through Cale but goes wide.....
33' Ajax attacking effectively but they lack that killer pass and split United defence.
34' Grant Kekana (SuperSport Utd) is cautioned.
35' We're now heading to the last 10 minutes of the first half.....SSP 1-0 Ajax.
37' Cale concedes a foul on the edge of the box, Brockie takes it and February makes a stunning save.
38' Mpeta penalised for a back pass to the keeper, Ajax get a free-kick.
38' A chance for Ajax wasted as the ball can't find the strikers, too high.
41' It looks like Ajax will have to change their attackers and find a goal as half-time approaches.
42' Gamildien makes a great run into the box but hits the side netting from a tight angle.
45' Ajax starting build-ups from the back hoping to catch united on long balls.
45 + 1' Nkhatha finds Brockie but he miskicks the ball.
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
46' SuperSport Utd: Michael Morton replaces Enocent Mkhabela
46' SuperSport Utd: Thabo Moloi replaces Grant Kekana
46' Ajax looking to find an early equaliser, pushing forward in numbers.
46' Ajax Cape Town: Abbubaker Mobara replaces Rivaldo Coetzee
46' Ajax Cape Town: Olwethu Nguye replaces Ruzaigh Gamildien
53' Ajax playing in United's half with Williams rising to make a save.....
55' United's defence tight not giving Ajax any chance to find an equaliser.
55' Ajax hit the woodwork as they search for an equaliser.
58' SuperSport Utd: David Mathebula replaces Jeremy Brockie
58' SuperSport Utd: Clayton Daniels replaces Bongani Khumalo
60' United struggling to take the game to Ajax as they defend.
61' Not many chances being created so far in the second stanza.
63' Ajax doing well to stop Manyama and Mathebula combination on the left flank.
63' Ajax Cape Town: Travis Graham replaces Ndiviwe Mdabuka
66' Ajax Cape Town: Prince Nxumalo replaces Cecil Lolo
66' Ajax Cape Town: Sergio Kammies replaces Rheece Evans
68' February coming off to stop United's attack playing as a sweeper.
69' SuperSport Utd: Andile Fikizolo replaces Lebogang Manyama
70' Cale searches for Nxumalo but Williams clears, SSP 1-0 Ajax.
73' Cale's attempt goes over the bar not troubling the keeper, Williams.
75' 15 minutes left in the game and the hosts are still casing for their equaliser.....
76' SuperSport Utd: Morne Nel replaces Thuso Phala
77' Ajax Cape Town: Yagan Sasman replaces Aidan Jenniker
77' Ajax Cape Town: Marcelo Mendes replaces Milton Ncube
79' Ajax struggling to use their power upfront, United strong and stable at the back.
81' Ajax get a corner as Nguye makes his run into the box...Cale to take it.
81' United clears as Ajax shout for a hand ball.
82' Marcelo Mendes (Ajax Cape Town) is cautioned.
82' United get a set-piece but Bhengu's shot sails wide....
84' Cale delivers a great ball but Daniels clears, time running out against De Sa's men.
85' Bhengu gets a chance to make it two but February denies him on the near post.
86' Losper pushes forward but United defence clears for a corner.
87' A follow-up shot way off target from Graham.
87' SuperSport Utd: Dumisani Msibi replaces Ronwen Williams
88' Cale launches his trademark long range shots but it flies away from the posts.
90' Gobler turns and takes a shot but straight to February who's been outstanding.
90' Michael Morton (SuperSport Utd) is cautioned.
90 + 4' Travis Graham (Ajax Cape Town) scores!
90 + 4' Ajax finds an equaliser Graham from a set-piece by Cale.
90 + 4' Bhengu nearly finds the back of the net but hits the side netting....
90 + 4' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.
90 + 4' It looks like both teams will share the bronze medal as they're both finish as number three.....the match will not be decided on penalties.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
3RD PLACE PLAYOFF CAPE TOWN STADIUM
SUPERSPORT UTD GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
13. Thuso Phala (15') 6. Travis Graham (90 + 4')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 2
SUPERSPORT UTD STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
87'
1
Goalkeeper
30
Defender
58'
19
Defender
77'
22
Defender
34'
46'
20
Defender
66'
21
Defender
5
Defender
77'
25
Midfielder
18
Defender
5'
66'
0
Midfielder
46'
12
Defender
46'
3
Midfielder
69'
23
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
15'
76'
13
Midfielder
63'
8
Forward/Striker
58'
11
Midfielder
46'
13
Forward/Striker
10
Midfielder
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thabo Moloi
Defender
46'
2
Abbubaker Mobara
Midfielder
46'
18
Michael Morton
Midfielder
46'
22
Olwethu Nguye
Midfielder
46'
23
David Mathebula
Midfielder
58'
24
Travis Graham
Midfielder
63'
6
Clayton Daniels
Defender
58'
4
Sergio Kammies
Midfielder
66'
0
Andile Fikizolo
Midfielder
69'
14
Prince Nxumalo
Forward/Striker
66'
15
Morne Nel
Midfielder
76'
17
Marcelo Mendes
Midfielder
77'
0
Dumisani Msibi
Goalkeeper
87'
28
Yagan Sasman
Defender
77'
0
CARDS
Grant Kekana
Defender
34'
20
Rheece Evans
Defender
5'
0
Michael Morton
Midfielder
90'
22
Marcelo Mendes
Midfielder
82'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury