University of Pretoria and Ajax Cape Town draw
Posted: 26 October 2013 Time: 22:26
A brilliant display by Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola earned the Urban Warriors a 0-0 draw with the University of Pretoria in the Premiership at Tuks Stadium on Saturday night.
The two teams were welcomed onto the pitch by terrible weather conditions, with the wind howling and rain pouring down.
This influenced the game as both teams were sloppy on the ball and keepers were having a hard time gathering it.
AmaTuks winger Khethukuthula Zane had the first clear cut opportunity at goal.
Charly Moussono-Moussono picked out Zwane inside the area, the former Withbank Spurs player though was unable to direct his header past Anssi Jaakkola who took up a good position at the near post.
Conditions continued to deteriorate as the half went on, the game continued though even through a short spell of hail.
Former SuperSport United striker Nathan Paulse should’ve given the visitors the lead in the 41st minute. Cecil Lolo brillianty picked out Paulse inside the area but the lanky forward could only manage to direct his attempt over the crossbar from close range.
Paulse was nearly made to rue his missed chance straight away, but Jaakola denied Lucky Mathosi at the other end of the pitch to spare Paulse’s blushes.
The first-half ended goalless.
The weather improved in the second half to the despair of the players and the crowd.
Buhle Mkhwanazi nearly gave Tuks the lead nine minutes after the interval, rising highest before directing a powerful header at goal, Jaakkola though was up to the task yet again.
Jaakkola continued his heroics between the post first denying Siyabonga Ngubane in the 69th minute before producing a world class save to decline Atusaye Nyondo a third goal of the season.
The game ended all square thanks largely to Jaakkola who was faultless.
The draw moves Tuks into ninth position on the log while Ajax remain 14th.
HOME: University of Pretoria
Coach: Steve Barker
Formation: four four two
AWAY: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Muhsin Ertugral
Formation: four three three