Friday night’s Cape derby will surely be a contender for match for the season as a seven goal thriller saw Ajax Cape Town beating Santos 4-3 at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night.
There was a wonderful atmosphere at the stadium, with a good turnout on a hot evening.
As expected, the early action was fast and furious, with neither side really able dominate proceedings.
Although Ajax began to slowly but surely gain the upper-hand it was Santos who had efforts on goal, but both Vuyisile Wana and Bongi Macala shot well over the bar.
Ajax went ahead after 18 minutes when Terror Fanteni raced onto a through ball and finished with a superb chip, beating Tshepo Motsonoeng from out wide on the left.
Santos then came back into the game as they looked to level matters, but the Peoples’ Team struggled to create chances.
The Urban Warriors were reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute when Thulani Hlatshwayo went flying in on Tony Tsabedze, catching the Swazi international high up and getting a straight red.
But Ajax refused to let the set-back get them down, 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.
Santos were however right back in the game a minute later when Macala buried an emphatic header, beating Hans Vonk all ends up.
But the amazing flow of goals continued and Ajax were again two goals ahead when Clayton Daniels stroked home Sameehg Doutie’s cross in the 45th minute.
The Peoples’ Team looked better after the break and had a couple of moments in attack, but Wana for one was let down by a heavy touch when through on goal.
The team in yellow continued to push and after a succession of corners and free kicks in the 64th minute, Wana struck with a stunning 20-yard effort, using his left foot to curl the ball past Vonk; 3-2.
The comeback was completed 10 minutes later as Jurie Basie surged into the box with purpose before beating Vonk, despite the keeper getting a touch on the ball.
Following the equaliser, both sides looked good for a goal as they upped their efforts in attack, although neither keeper was really tested.
The stage was set for a moment of magic to win the game, and it was Thulani Serero who stepped up to the plate, hitting a world-class effort into the top corner from 25-yards out, with just three minutes to go.-Backpagepix