Ajax stun Santos in derby thriller


AJAX Cape Town came up trumps at the Athlone Sta­dium last night as they beat Santos 4-3 in a sen­sa­tional lo­cal derby.

Ajax were at one stage 3-1 up, be­fore the Peo­ples’ Team fought back to level the match, only for Thu­lani Serero to grab a late win­ner.

Ter­ror Fan­teni got pro­ceed­ings un­der way in the 18th minute – the Bafana striker net­ted with an ex­cel­lent chip from out wide.

The Parow-based team were re­duced to 10 men with 35 min­utes gone as Thu­lani Hlatshwayo showed far too much derby pas­sion when he nailed Tony Tsabedze.

Ajax though stuck to their guns and it was 2-0 in the 41st minute as Khama Bil­liat strode into the box, cut in­side and then curled the ball past Tshepo Mot­so­no­eng and into the far cor­ner.

Bongi Ma­cala got Santos back in the game when he flew in at the back post to con­vert a header in the 43rd minute.

More was to come be­fore half­time as Clayton Daniels stroked home Sameehg Doutie’s cross in the 45th minute.

Boe­bie Solomons’ men were more up for it af­ter the break and had a cou­ple of promis­ing mo­ments in at­tack. Af­ter a string of set pieces in the 64th minute, Vuy­isile Wana struck with a stun­ning 20m ef­fort to curl the ball past Vonk; 3-2.

10 min­utes later it was all square as Jurie Basie surged into the box and then beat Vonk, de­spite the keeper get­ting a touch on the ball.

Serero it was who seized the mo­ment, hit­ting a world-class ef­fort into the top cor­ner from 25m out, with just three min­utes to go.

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