Absa Premiership Mpumalanga Black Aces Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 27 September 2014 Time: 14:27
Mpumalanga Black Aces ended Ajax Cape Town's unbeaten run with a 1-0 win over the Urban Warriors in the Absa Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
Aces claimed their second victory of the season courtesy of Dennis Masina's 65th minute goal at Mbombela Stadium.
AmaZayoni were the better side from the onset as they adjusted to the searing heat and outrun a lacklustre Ajax side.
The Cape club offered very little in attack and never really threatened the Aces goal.
The match started a little slowly, but sprang into life just after the half-hour mark when Urban Warriors goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola had to be at his best to turn an 18-yard effort from Mabhuti Khenyeza around the post.
Jaakkola was called into action again on the stroke of half-time, this time producing a good save to deny Tinashe Nengomasha from long range.
The hosts took firm control of the match in the second 45 and made their pressure tell in the 65th minute when Masina was quickest to react after Jaakkola had initially stopped an Abia Nale shot, tapping the rebound home with ease.
Clive Barker's men continued to control matters after going in front and were unlucky not to double their lead in the 80th minute when Tshidiso Tukane’s 20-yard shot skimmed the wrong side of the post.
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