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FS Stars 2-1 Ajax Cape Town

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Nomandela: Opened the scoring

Nomandela: Opened the scoring

Ajax Cape Town's struggles in the Premier Soccer League continued on Wednesday as they went down 2-1 to Free State Stars.

Starting the day two points ahead of the Urban Warriors in the PSL table, Stars widened the gap to five points as goals from Luyolo Nomandela and Sadat Ouro-Akoriko cancelled out Granwald Scott's effort.

Ajax had a couple of weak shots on goal early in the game with Enoch Shabalala firing over the bar and Toriq Losper's right-footed shot easily saved by Mweene.

A low, left-footed shot from Nomandela put Free State ahead 20 minutes into the game, but the visitors responded eight minutes later through Scott.

Midfielder Shabalala's shot was not properly cleared by keeper Kennedy Mweene and Scott collected the loose ball to slot home from close range.

Stars, though, were not put off by the equaliser and they started to take control of the game with Dove Wome first forcing Sander Westerveld to tip a ball around the post before hitting one straight at the Ajax keeper.

The hosts regained the lead on the stroke of half-time when Togolese defender Ouro-Akoriko shot found the back of the net.

Free State continued to dominate after the break with Nomandela, Angelo Kerspuy and Paulos Masehe all bringing out saves from Dutchman Westerveld, but they just couldn't give themselves a two-goal cushion.

In the end it didn't matter as the Mother City outfit failed to register any decent efforts on goal.

The win helps Stars to move into ninth place in the PSL standings with 13 points while the Ajax remain close to the relegation zone following their fifth defeat of the 2012/13 campaign.

The Cape side have only eight points, only three more than that of bottom-of-the log Mamelodi Sundowns.

Posted: 07/11/12 20:05

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