Chiefs Hammer Urban Warriors
04 December 2012
Result: Chiefs 3-0 Ajax CT
Date: 4 December 2012
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs warmed up for the Soweto derby with a comfortable 3-0 win over Ajax Cape Town at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.
The game got off to a really scrappy start with neither side holding possession well but Chiefs did have a chance in the third minute through a mistake by the Ajax defence which let Siphiwe Tshabalala through but his strike was saved well by Sander Westerveld.
Siboniso Gaxa then rifled a powerful shot wide in the 10th minute while Tefu Mashamaite fly-kicked a shot wide four minutes later.
Ajax were threatening on set-pieces with a number of players getting their heads to the ball. Matthew Booth went closest with a powerful header that sailed just over the crossbar.
Parker couldn't make the most of a decent ball from Kingston Nkhatha in the 29th minute when he produced a poor first touch while Khama Billiat was denied the opener after dancing through at the other end thanks to a superb save from Itumeleng Khune.
The Urban Warriors were enjoying more of the possession but against the run of play Parker let rip from outside the area and his strike deflected off Booth to loop over the diving Westerveld.
The goal brought the Glamour Boys to life and Nkhatha saw a penalty appeal waved away in the 42nd minute as they turned up the pressure.
The first-half ended on a sour note though when a scuffle broke out in the Ajax area and Westerveld was lucky to escape a red card after it seemed that he had put an elbow into the face of Parker before shoving the forward to the ground.
The visitors seemed to lose their heads at the start of the second period as Nkhatha saw a header go wide early on before the forward had a goal scratched off for offside in the 58th minute.
Parker then looped a decent chance over everyone in the 52nd minute but Gaxa would double their advantage in the 65th minute when he rifled a low shot past Westerveld at the near post – where the goalkeeper should have done better.
Chiefs were now in full control and Tshabalala would kill off Ajax in the 75th minute with a wonderful goal as his shot from outside the area that flew into the top corner from a quick-taken free-kick.
A rare attack from the Urban Warriors provided Booth with a chance in the 78th minute but Khune was up to the task while Tshabalala stumbled at the edge of the area but still found a way through - only to skew his shot wide from close range.
Ajax were crumbling as Chiefs stormed forward at every opportunity and Westerveld had to block a low shot from Parker before the Dutchman almost made a horrible blunder in stoppage time but his defence managed to clear.
The result means that Chiefs take a provisional four point advantage over Orlando Pirates, who will play Chippa United on Wednesday night.
Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Siboniso Gaxa, Tefu Mashamaite, Eirc Mathoho, Tsepo Masilela, Josta Dladla, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Willard Katsande, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Kingston Nkhatha.
Ajax CT: Sander Westerveld, Cecil Lolo, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Matthew Booth, Aiden Jennicker, Khama Billiat, Travis Graham, Toriq Losper, Wanderson, Granwald Scott, Lebogang Manyama.