PSL Absa Premiership match report: Ajax Cape Town vs University of Pretoria
Posted: 21 October 2015 Time: 21:40
Ajax Cape Town’s winless run in the Absa Premiership was stretched to three matches at they were held to a goalless draw by University of Pretoria at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday.
Ajax's MTN8 hero Nathan Paulse missed a penalty in a game which saw under-fire Tuks coach Sammy Troughton receive his marching orders.
Having enjoyed the upper-hand for most of the evening at a windy stadium, the home side will be disappointed by only taking away a point from the game.
There were a couple of half chances for the hosts as Toriq Losper sent an early shot straight at Washington Arubi before Paulse fired over the bar.
It was AmaTuks, though, who had the best chance of the opening 20 minutes when a slip by Rivaldo Coetzee allowed Atusaye Nyondo a clean run in on goal, but he took far too long to get a shot away and Abel Mabaso was able to make a saving tackle for Ajax.
The Urban Warriors were then handed a great chance to take the lead on the half-hour mark when Paulse was awarded a penalty kick after what appeared a fairly innocuous challenge in the box. But Paulse was unable to drive home the advantage as a rather weak spot kick was comfortably saved by Arubi.
Ajax continued to dominate proceedings for the most part, and were close to scoring in the 32nd minute when Franklin Cale’s powerful drive deflected just wide of goal before Paulse headed wide of the mark from a Milton Ncube cross five minutes before half-time.
The Cape side were to have the first chance of the second half, but the opportunity went a-begging as Erwin Isaacs miscued from right in front of goal after a cross from Cale had landed kindly for him on 52 minutes.
There was a chance for AmaTuks to grab a winner out of the blue when the ball fell kindly for Lennox Bacela in the box, but his first-time volley on 80 minutes was pulled just wide.
HOME: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Roger de Sa
AWAY: University of Pretoria
Coach: Sammy Troughton