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
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.