Uninspired Ajax held to a draw
Posted: 23 September 2009 Time: 21:52
Ajax Cape Town were far from their best at the Newlands Stadium on Wednesday night, but managed to come away with a 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United.
The impressive Felix Obada had given the visitors an early lead, but Lance Davids’ late, deflected shot earned the Urban Warriors a share of the spoils.
The visiting side certainly had the better of the first half, at times making the Urban Warriors, who lacked inspiration in attack, look rather ordinary.
Dipsy Selolwane had the first chance of the game in the fourth minute, but hit a powerful strike straight at Tashrique Goldman. United came close in the 18th minute when Musa Nyatama shot just over the bar, but a minute later they were in front as \ Obada fired home from a tight angle inside the box.
The home team then had a chance to draw level through Franklin Cale, but his shot from distance whistled past the upright.
At the other end, United came close as Musa Nyatama had a shot saved by Hans Vonk and then Obada headed over the bar.
Ajax did manage to create a few chances near the end of the half, but Granwald Scott shot tamely at Goldman, while Aboubacar Fofana hit a volley well, but straight at Goldman.
The Urban Warriors started the second half brightly as they went in search of an equaliser, although there was a shaky moment at their back when Vonk dropped a routine ball and had to be bailed out by his defenders.
But despite their early dominance, all Ajax had to show for their efforts were a couple of shots from Selolwane – one just off target and another saved by Goldman, and a wild shot into the stands from substitute Sifiso Vilakazi.
However, with 10 minutes to play the Cape Town side made sure that they got at least something from the game as Davids fired in powerful effort from a central position 25-yards out. He was aided by a big deflection off a United defender which resulted in Goldman going the wrong way.