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.