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Thu Apr 24 23:43:40 SAST 2014

Ajax ecstatic after holding United

TEAMtalk Media | 22 July, 2012 09:250 Comments
MTN Football Invitational: Ajax Cape Town and Manchester United
Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United and Granwald Scott of Ajax Cape Town during the pre-season friendly at Cape Town Stadium on July 21, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa
Image by: Peter Heeger / Gallo Images

Ajax Cape Town were over the moon with their day's work against 19-time English champions Manchester United at the weekend.

The Cape side held their more illustrious opponents to a 1-1 draw at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, with the hosts having actually taken the lead four minutes from full-time.

Substitute Alcardo van Graan's back-heel flick in the 86th minute with his first touch of the game gave the Urban Warriors the advantage, before Bebe's injury-time equaliser restored parity for United.

Without many of their front-line stars and still a pre-season warm-up for the Red Devils, Maarten Stekenlenburg's troops held nothing back and gave a good account of themselves on home soil.

Urban Warriors captain Granwald Scott was understandably pleased with his side's performance against the three-time European winners.

"It was a awesome game, against one of the biggest teams in the world," the midfielder exclaimed after the final whistle.

"We executed the coach's game-plan to perfection and it was a fantastic result for the team, and for the fans."

Man-of-the-Match Khama Billiat reiterated his skipper's sentiments, saying: "It was a great thing. I think I'll never forget this (match) in my career."

As for Ajax's goalscorer Van Graan, who before the match was still day-dreaming of getting an opportunity against the Red Tribe from Manchester, he added: "It was a dream come true.

"I was sitting on the bench and was thinking, 'Coach, jut give me a chance. (And) then Sander Westerveld said to me, 'your first touch is going to be a goal'."

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