Ajax bounce back to beat Stars

Goals from Mosa Lebusa and Prince Nxumalo saw Ajax Cape Town come from behind to beat Free State Stars 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.

The home side started positively with their first shot on goal as early as the third minute courtesy of Franklyn Cale, but his attempt from the edge of the box went narrowly wide.

Ten minutes later Ajax had another effort on goal when a corner was partially cleared to Toriq Losper just outside the box, but his shot was superbly saved by Daouda Diakite.

Stars slowly started to come into the game and managed to take the lead in the 26th minute after a swift passing move concluded with Sthembiso Ngcobo striking the ball home from just inside the box, 1-0.

Ajax, though, quickly hit back when Mosa Lebusa superbly turned home a free-kick from Cale on the half hour mark, 1-1.

Ten minutes later Ajax took the lead when Prince Nxumalo powerfully headed home a Riyaad Norodien corner-kick, 2-1.

The second half saw Ajax continue from where they left off as Norodien let fly from distance in the 50th minute, but his effort sailed inches over the target.

Ten minutes later Losper tested the fingertips of Diakite with a stinging shot, but the Stars shot-stopper was up to the challenge.

Both teams pressed hard for the another goal in the last half hour, but chances were few and far between.

Lucky Mohomi almost levelled matters for the visitors five minutes from time, but Anssi Jaakkola was on hand to tip his powerful shot from roughly 18-yards out over the crossbar.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of Ajax Cape Town.

Ajax Cape Town (2) 2 (Lebusa 30’, Nxumalo 40’)

Free State Stars (1) 1 (Ngcobo 26’)

Teams:

Ajax Cape Town: Jaakkola, Lolo, Mobara, Coetzee, Lebusa (Jenniker 74’), Mdabuka, Norodien (Gamieldien 66’), Graham, Nxumalo, Losper (Mzwakali 58’), Cale.

Free State Stars: Diakite, Masehe, Mashego, Sankara, Tlhone, Da Costa, Kerspuy, Thethani, Obada (Somaeb 51’), Ngasa (Mohomi 70’), Ngcobo (Masana 84’).