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Aces live to fight another day

Posted: 6 March 2010 Time: 17:38

Mpumalanga Black Aces dug deep and pulled off a gutsy 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town at a scorching hot Boland Rugby Stadium in Wellington.

Aces finish second-last on the PSL log and will go into a play-off with three First Division clubs in a bid to retain their PSL status.

Jomo Cosmos lost 1-0 to Moroka Swallows, and are relegated from the PSL.

Diyo Sibisi weaved his way through a few defenders in the fourth minute, stabbed a shot at goal, but goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro was up to the task, pulling off a smart save to deny the attacker.

Aces gradually worked their way back into the game and, in the 13th minute, Lehumo Itshegetseng crossed into the penalty area, but Mpho Maleka's header was skied over the bar.

In the 32nd minute, referee Buyile Gqubule awarded Aces a penalty when defender Clayton Daniels fouled Maleka in the area. Thom-rick October stepped up and hit a decisive penalty to give the Mpumalanga side the lead.

Ajax's Dutch coach Foppe de Haan received a red card for his protestations.

Six minutes later, Ajax were back on level terms when Lance Davids' fiercely struck free-kick crashed through the defensive wall and hit the back of the net.

A minute before full-time, Aces' Setjaba Mmuso had a chance, but his attempt was brilliantly saved by Hans Vonk in the Ajax goal.

Realising the importance of the situation, there was a great deal of commitment from Aces in the second half.

They pushed forward in search of the winner, but just could not create the opening for a winning goal.

Previous comments on this story...

Maxy
posted: 12:10 pm
The PSL is very much cruel. Teams that are in NFD play according to 2 streams with fewer teams to compete with. This makes it difficult when they compete with PSL teams that are 16 in number. Look at Bay United, Cosmos, Black aces etc. You could see the promoted VASCO DA GAMA playing, is not impressive to compete in Pretoria Soccer League.PSL should ban this thing of 2 streams. Put in one stream and No 1 and NO 2 get promoted immidiately than using these Stupid Playoffs
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