United out of danger
Posted: 13 December 2009 Time: 17:38
Maritzburg United climbed out of the relegation zone and jumped into position ten on the log table after beating Ajax Cape Town 2-1 courtesy of Musa Nyatama’s brace.
The match sees Nathan Paulse making his first appearance for Ajax after joining from Hammarby IF in Sweden, and the lanky striker almost made his presence felt when he headed home Franklin Cale’s long throw-in, only for referee Jacob Frolick to disallow the goal for a foul on Shu-Aib Walters.
A few minutes later Rudolf Bester ran at the Ajax defence before unleashing a powerful shot which went inches wide.
After a dull first half, both teams came to life in the second stanza, but it was United who opened the scoring.
Derek Decamps’ clearing header fell into the path of Nyatama, who hit a powerful shot into the back of the net. Two minutes later Nyatama completed his brace when he scored after a great solo run.
Midway through the second half, the home side could have made it 3-1 when Bester comes one on one with Vonk after a great counter attack – the Ajax goalkeeper closed the down the Namibian and makes a great save.
With ten minutes to go on the clock, referee Frolick awarded Ajax a soft penalty for a foul on Paulse by Petersen. Lance Davids stepped up and converted the spot-kick to bring Ajax back into the match.
With a few minutes remaining Ajax tried to throw everything forward, but were denied by the United defence.