Lewis leads AmaZulu 4-0 over Ajax

2011-09-28 00:00

A BRACE from Stanton Lewis handed AmaZulu and coach Roger Palmgren their first win of the Absa Premiership when Usuthu thrashed Ajax Cape Town 4-0 in a league match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last night.

A swift passing movement saw Ayanda Dlamini find space inside the 18-yard box. His snap six-yard shot, deflected off Nazeer Allie and went into the back of the net after initially ricocheting of the post.

There was nothing fortunate about the second AmaZulu goal, however, when Lewis found the bottom right-hand corner from 12 yards out after Tangeni Shipahu set him through on goal.

In the 70th minute Shipahu profited with a clinical finish from 12 yards out. Two minutes later Lewis grabbed his second of the game and his side’s fourth when Dlamini played him through on goal with a delicate pass. The former Ajax man fired the ball home from close range.

At Loftus stadium in Pretoria, Mamelodi Sundowns substitute Elias Pelembe netted the winning goal in the dying seconds of injury time after it seemed as if Bloemfontein Celtic had done enough to leave Tshwane with a draw. The final score was 2-1. Erick Mathoho scored the opener, Nyasha Mushekwi equalised and Pelembe got the winner with all three goals worth watching over and over again.

In the 26th minute, Celtic opened the scoring through Erick Mathoho, who got his head on the end of an in-swinging Clifford Mulenga free kick to glance the ball into the far corner.

Five minutes into the second half Wayne Sandi-lands made two excellent saves to first keep out Mshengu and then Bacela, who pounced on the rebound after the first save parried the ball into his path.

Then Sundowns replied through Nyasha Mushekwi’s bullet of a volley. A miss-hit cross from right found its way to Mushekwi, who controlled the ball well, swivelled and struck a volley with so much venom that Tignyemb did not even move.

Mulenga came close when he hit the post in the final ten minutes, but it took a moment of magic from substitute Elias Pelembe, who buried a volley at the far post deep into optional time.

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