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Premier Soccer League match report Ajax edge ten-man Wits

Posted: 7 February 2014 Time: 19:35

Ajax Cape Town beat ten-man Bidvest Wits 1-0 on Friday night, with Karl Lark getting his first PSL goal for the Urban Warriors, while Kofi Dankwae was sent off at Cape Town Stadium.

The result leaves Ajax ninth on the table with 22 points from 17 games - 17 points adrift of pacesetting champions Kaizer Chiefs, and three behind fifth-placed Wits.

The hosts struck five minutes in, as Lark, who was signed on loan from Santos last month, blasted home from close range after veteran defender Matthew Booth failed to deal with Nathan Paulse's cut-back from the left. 

Soon after, Wits midfielder Matty Pattison tested Anssi Jaakkola with a low, powerful drive but the Finnish goalkeeper dived smartly to push the ball clear.

Jaakkola was called into action again in the 35th minute, as he was forced to swat away a looping rebound following a determined run by Onismor Bhasera. 

Dankwae was then dismissed on the stroke of half-time for catching Abbubaker Mobara with an elbow in an aerial challenge.

The Clever Boys showed intent after the interval, as Bhasera went past Nazeer Allie before drilling an effort on goal, which Jaakkola did brilliantly to keep out.

The Urban Warriors, though, should have gone 2-0 up in the 54th minute, but Keagan Dolly lifted his shot over the bar after being released one-on-one by the hard-working Paulse.

Dolly nearly made up for his miss in the 67th minute as he dragged an attempt narrowly off target, while his teammate Toriq Losper fired high and wide shortly after replacing Lark in the 72nd minute.

Another Ajax substitute Eleazar Rodgers, who came on for Paulse, also had a good chance to put the game to bed but Moeneeb Josephs foiled his strike with a fine save late on.

Wits came agonisingly close to salvaging a point in the dying stages but Aiden Jenniker cleared off the line to ensure a first win for Ajax interim coach Ian Taylor in his third game in charge of the Parow-based outfit.

Livefyre comments on this story...

LIVINGPOSITIVE
posted: 2014-02-07 17:54:38

Sangweni Plz Prove Your Self Boy !!! Maybe Next Year We can Sign You.....Angazi nokuthi wawuyaphi Ku SunClowns....Uze Uyodlala Ko Ajax Nje manje....You should have Sign For Pirates Or The Mighty Winners I mean Kaizer "WIN" Chiefs

champ enigma
posted: 2014-02-07 19:16:48

I agree with you Khosi there. If a players is serious about his future he should rather join Pierats or Chiefs. Dunusa they buy you you play for 6 months then they buy another two players for your position. Where is Sibusiso Kumalo that was bought only last season. I am not talking about the one who are saved by Supersport.

champ enigma
posted: 2014-02-07 19:19:08

Hey Wits is full of cows, this Vilakazi boy is not taking his football serious. I want him out of Wits. His football is stagnant. He should go to Jozi. Either join Chiefs or Pierats.

champ enigma
posted: 2014-02-07 19:22:55

That Dolly boy is a typical Dunusa player, all skill no brain like Billiat. I am not suprised he is from thier development.

PhrankLukas
posted: 2014-02-07 19:25:54

Man I just wish this Mobara dude can go to Amsterdam, Morris is pretty neat too,,,from Wits Kwanda Mngonyama is good, bright future.

wiba2013
posted: 2014-02-07 20:23:41

3 points is all we needed from this game. Dankie boys.

aphendule08
posted: 2014-02-07 23:30:42

Mxm slam Kat must be change

THATO
posted: 2014-02-08 02:41:01

Great, one less team to worry about for us. Let's watch the other two do the same tonight !

dikane
posted: 2014-02-08 06:13:17

Dis is very gud news 4 Chiefs, if downs and rats can play a draw it wud be gud 4 iKhosi...

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-02-08 07:01:23

The wheels are coming off at Wits. This happens every season, they compete for league honours in the first half of the season and fight relegation in the last half.

Master P
posted: 2014-02-08 10:22:42

@fumigator

I couldn t agree more with u.

its always the case with Wits in recent seasons

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