Bidvest Wits displayed their title-credentials by hammering Ajax Cape Town 5-0 in an Absa Premiership match on Tuesday night at the BidVest Stadium.
It was an evenly-matched affair in the opening exchanges with a tough midfield battle being ensued as neither side gave each other much time and space on the ball.
The home side had a decent chance to take the lead in the seventh minute, when Mogakolodi Ngele intercepted a poor pass from Erwin Isaacs, but his subsequent through-ball to Phakamani Mahlambi was overhit. The first real effort on target came in the 13th minute after a good spell of play for Ajax resulted in a stinging shot from Tashreeq Morris, which was saved by Darren Keet.
The visitors should've taken the lead five minutes later, when Isaacs' well-worked through ball found Morris unmarked in the area, but the striker's shot was parried away by Keet.
Wits took the lead in the 20th minute, when Mahlambi profited from a defensive mix-up by Ajax debutant Roderick Kabawe and Ndiviwe Mdabuka to give his side the lead. Once the home took the lead, they completed dominated proceedings and often looked likely to double their advantage through the likes of James Keene and Mahlambi.
Thulani Hlatswayo proved to be the source of the second goal, when he rose highest to net home from Ngele's corner in the 32nd minute.
Stanley Menzo opted to make a defensive substitution in the first-half, bringing on Roscoe Pietersen for Lawrence Lartey in a bid to tighten up at the back.
Ajax gave a much better account of themselves in the second-half and should've scored minutes from the restart, when Keet failed to hold onto a cross, but Morris and Mdabuka squandered their respective opportunities.
Gabadinho Mhango scored with his first touch of the game in the 59th minute, when February failed to hold onto the ball after initially coming out to stop the onrushing Mahlambi.
Keene managed to add his name onto the scoresheet two minutes later when he got onto the end of Prince Hlanti's enticing cross to score on his long-awaited return from injury.
Wits showed no signs of slowing down as Mhango grabbed his brace in the 76th minute after the Ajax defence failed to clear Daine Klate's free-kick. The visitors almost scored a consolation in the 83rd minute when Rivaldo Coetzee was left unmarked at the backpost, but the defender's put his header wide of the mark.
Mhango almost scored his hat-trick in memorable fashion after Coetzee's mistake in the area, but February was equal to the task as he did well to keep out the Malawian's stinging effort.