Ajax through to final amid cup controversy

Refereeing decisions were questioned by Sketty captain Harvey Austin as his side succumbed to a 5-2 defeat against Ajax in the Intramural Cup semi-final.

The throw-in which led to Ajax’s first-half opener was protested, as was the decision to allow a second-half goal which put the game firmly in Ajax’s hands.

Austin said: “I felt there were a number of questionable decisions out there today which went against us.

“Even the linesman said Ajax’s equaliser didn’t cross the line, but what can you do?”

Despite feeling hard done by, Austin still criticised his team for letting their lead slip.

The two-goal Sketty captain added: “I can stand here and criticise the referee all day but we still made some mistakes ourselves.

“Although heads dropped after the equaliser we switched off in defence.”

Sketty begun the game the better side and Nick Hammett looked to be causing problems as he got in behind the Ajax defence on a few occasions.

No. 17 had their first proper effort on goal but his dipping drive bounced past the post.

Against the run of play Ajax took the lead in controversial circumstances.

A throw-in was given and many Sketty players were adamant the ball had not gone out.

From Dan Rudge’s long throw striker Adam Bruton used his aerial presence to force the ball in at the back post.

Sketty felt aggrieved and worked hard to get back into the game.

First, Jassim Al-Jabber hit a shot just over the bar after good work by no. 17.

They were given a chance to equalise from the penalty spot as captain Austin was felled by Zeeshan Goburdhun right in front of the referee.

Austin got straight back up and dispatched the penalty coolly into the right corner.

Not long after, Sketty were given a chance to take the lead, again from the penalty spot.

Nick Hammett took the ball past the Ajax GK, whose trailing leg caught the forward as he prepared to strike.

Austin duly converted the penalty to put his side 2-1 up.

Ajax gained their hotly disputed equaliser some five minutes into the second half.

In the midst of a goalmouth scramble, Adam Bruton smashed the ball toward goal only for Sketty’s Al-Jabber to seemingly clear it off the line.

But the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line and so a goal was awarded.

The Sketty players were furious and made their complaints known to the referee who brushed them aside.

Coupled with the wind suiting their direct gameplan, the decision to award the equaliser now put Ajax in the ascendency.

They made it 3-2 as no.13 prodded home to the goalkeeper’s right as the ball ran loose in the box.

It became 4-2 soon after when a corner was flicked in.

Sketty threw on Laurence Hodgkins to give the side some renewed vigour but Ajax further extended their lead through Bruton’s low strike after he got on the end of another effective longthrow from Redge.

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