PSL : New Rockies Baroka FC settle for a point against Ajax Cape Town
Baroka FC settled for 1-1 draw with Ajax Cape Town in their first ever Absa Premiership clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.
Goals from Nathan Paulse and Baroka new recruit Richard Matloga in both halves made sure that the game ended in a stalemate.
Ajax were all over their opponents started like a house on fire taking the game to the new PSL rockies
The Urban Warriors were rewarded when they went into the lead on the ninth-minute from the penalty spot
Mdeni Zikalala was adjudged to have fouled Paulse after badged into his back and the referee pointed to the penalty spot
The experienced striker Paulse converted to make it 1-0. , slotting home confidently into the bottom-right corner.
Sipho “Sgobe” Moeti controlled the game nicely in the middle of the park for baroka and was a thorn in Ajax Cape Town defense.
The combination of Sgobe and Jacky Motshegwa who were exchanging good passes led to Baroka FC creating a lot of chances but they failed to convert
Brandon Petersen, the Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper was kept very busy in the first half.
Petersen denied Sipho Moeti in the first half and the lively Collins Makgaka five minutes from time.
Despite putting pressure on Ajax Cape Town in the dying stages of the opening half, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele failed to utilise their chances.
It was 1-0 at the interval and upon their return from the tunnel, Kgoloko Thobejane’s side put more pressure on Ajax.
The pressure finally paid of for Bakgaga early in the second half when Richard Matloga ghosted in at the far post to head in a teasing diagonal cross from deep from close range, giving Brandon Petersen no chance.
Ajax created two clear chances in the second half, first when Roscoe Pietersen picked out Eric Chipeta unmarked at the far post but the defender could not keep his volley down, then when Baroka goalkeeper Oscar Masuluke saved at the feet of Thabo Mosadi, who was Ajax’s most dangerous player.
Baroka created several more chances and should easily have won but were not clinical enough in front of goal, with Albert Mothupa and Lucky Mothwa both guilty of missing golden opportunities in the closing stages.
The games favourite player Tshepo Matete didn’t feature in the game at all
It was was an even contest, end to end, and both goalkeepers were kept busy
Baroka FC: Masuluke, Ravhuhali, Chauke (Jwara 71′), Shaku, Motshegwa (Mothwa 82′), Mothupa, Zikalala (Mogale 87′), Moeti, Makgaka, Mahashe, Matloga
Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Chipeta, Coetzee, Lartey, Lebusa, Pietersen, Mdabuka, Mzwakali (Margeman 86′), Mosadi, Isaacs (Morris 68′), Paulse (Lupeta 83′)