City take Cape derby bragging rights after downing Ajax

Bongelethu Jayiya’s coolly taken first half strike on the half volley sealed the win for the PSL newcomers.

Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Mother City is blue as Cape Town City grabbed a deserved 1-0 win against rivals Ajax Cape Town in the inaugural derby match.

Bongelethu Jayiya's coolly taken first half strike on the half volley sealed the win for the PSL newcomers, City now have two league wins under their belt and will be pleased with their start to the campaign.

The match the leaves Ajax still searching for their first win of the season, they have only two points to their name so far after the derby which was probably their worst performance of the season to date.

City could have easily have extended their lead after numerous clear cut chances were not taken throughout the course of the match.

The latest Mother City PSL club were dangerous on the counter as Ajax struggled at times to deal with the pace of the City breaks but were let off the hook purely by the failure of City to exploit their chances.

City found a lot of joy down the flanks, especially the left wing and Aubrey Ngoma and Ebrahim Seedat continually pestered the Ajax defence with probing runs and balls into the box.

Their midfield consisting of skipper Lebo Manyama, Mpho Matsi and Given Mashikinya controlled the midfield with guile as well as power for the majority of the match.

Despite the three points, coach Eric Tinkler was far from impressed, both during the match and at the post match conference.

"Offensively we made mistakes when we had opportunities to punish. They threw men forward and we could have caught them on the counter, but when you do get that counters, you got to make sure you put in the back of the net. And we did not do that."

Tinkler reiterated his unhappiness with this team's lack of control whilst also touching on the referees. They had a good penalty shout turned down, the coach cut an animated figure on the touchline during the course of the derby.

"I wasn't entirely happy because we were making mistakes defensively, we were making mistakes offensively and the officials made many mistakes in this match that didn't really help us."

While for Ajax, they will concede they were outplayed on the night but will rue chances of their own where they failed to capitalise.

Ajax coach Roger De Sa admitted his team did not have their best night in what was a high pressure match for his young team.

"We never got to the grips with game really, too many of my players didn't pitch today. Some players who were outstanding (previously), tonight they were poor. Maybe because City didn't let us play but credit to them for not letting us play to our strengths."

De Sa went on to question his teams commitment on the night and big match temperament

"Some of them have it, and some of them don't. It's these situations you see who has the heart the size of a peanut and who has got a proper heart. And that's what you learn from a young squad."

Ajax remain in the bottom half of the PSL log, they also have to sweat over the hamstring of Rivaldo Coetzee who limped off during the second half which could jeopardise his Bafana Bafana call up.

While City is on seven points, equal with top of the table Orlando Pirates and second placed Bidvest Wits, although the Cape side have played one more match than both of those teams.