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Premier Soccer League match report Maritzburg United 2-0 Ajax Cape Town

Posted: 18 April 2014 Time: 17:24

Maritzburg United beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 in the Premiership on Friday night, with Bhongolwethu Jayiya and Michael Morton netting after the break at Harry Gwala Stadium.

The result lifted United one spot to 11th in the standings with 34 points from 28 matches - one point behind the Urban Warriors. 

Ajax threatened first in the ninth minute when Tashreeq Morris ran onto a headed pass from Eleazar Rodgers, but his shot lacked the power to trouble Shu-aib Walters.

The Team of Choice had a similar chance in the 18th minute as Heinrich Isaacks was played through by a header from Terrance Mandaza, but Anssi Jaakkola came off his line to deflect his effort wide.

Jaakkola was called into action again in the 26th minute as he reacted quickly to stop a header from Mohammed Awal from creeping into the bottom right corner.

Granwald Scott and Toriq Losper tried their luck from outside the box in the 32nd minute, but both efforts sailed over the crossbar.

United had two late chances in the opening stanza but they also failed to hit the target with Mandaza heading wide in the 35th minute, while Nhlanhla Vilakazi did the same in the 43rd minute.

The opening goal came in the 49th minute when Jayiya volleyed the ball into the back of the net from inside the box after he was set up by a header from Isaacks.

Walters made a good stop on the 55th minute to keep his side in the lead, diving to his left to stop a shot from Scott.

Steve Komphela's men doubled their lead in the 64th minute as Morton converted calmly from the penalty spot after Nazeer Allie was adjudged to have fouled Vilakazi inside the box.

Ajax tried to get back into the game but Walters made a great save to stop a long-range effort from substitute Koen van de Laak.

Both goalkeepers came out on top in the 80th minute, with Jaakkola using his feet to deny Mandaza, while Walters produced an acrobatic save to tip Rodgers’s header over the crossbar.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-04-18 17:26:02

Mr Kompela are u sure about droping Sheppard, Jahhanes and Buckley?

Duze Come Duze
posted: 2014-04-18 18:01:18

Dankie Komphela!!

posted: 2014-04-18 18:19:03

Ajax are a shadow of the team they used to be,they were so good,now they are just average like Pirates...

posted: 2014-04-18 18:58:04


former buc_champ
posted: 2014-04-18 19:13:46

Good game if I have to say so myself, end to end stuff especially in the second half. Ajax have only themselves to blame cause they had their share of good chances to at least get a draw but was way too wasteful for my liking. The team of choice on the other hand made full use of theirs and deservedly took all three points. Morton is one tough player and wears his heart on the sleeve for a team that he'll quit at the end of the season, true professionalism. Once and always bucs.

posted: 2014-04-18 23:37:30

Then they also should be in the Nedbank semis like Pirates.

posted: 2014-04-18 23:53:30

Themba_DTC_1937 Rats are lucky to be i the semis you even know that...

posted: 2014-04-19 06:03:45


posted: 2014-04-19 06:24:12

myb Morton's the guy to fill the jali void, myb we shld jack another player on his way 2 ssu like we did majoro who knows m

posted: 2014-04-19 06:47:24

While I agree Ajax had some chances and Martitzburg scored a nice goal and took their penalty, Maritzburg also created a number of other very good chances which they failed to take. I don't think you can say they made FULL use of theirs. Rather, they took SOME of their chances. In the end Martizburg should probably have won by more but perhaps they were benefitting from being able to counter-attack when Ajax were having to chase the game. Also a very good save by Walters from close range helped them out.

Concur with Buc-champ that Morton's passion and ball winning ability will be missed. You can never fault his effort and at times his enthusiasm and commitment seems to rub off on some of the other players. Great professional who will always do his best, and will be sad to see this ball winner go at the end of the season.

While he can act as a lone target man, for me Mandaza is too slow and not skilled enough. I would hope Maritzburg can sign a good striker for next season. IMO Maritzburg have missed Cuthbert Malajila this season.

Stigaman we Khosi
posted: 2014-04-19 06:57:15

Once again......Komphela truimph over De Sa.

regardless of the team he is coaching ....Komphela will always be superior to De Sa tactically.

posted: 2014-04-19 07:02:29

relephant do not write long love letters. onr two sentences at most three is enough in blog. this not a newspaper forum. ok. no long rubish

Stigaman we Khosi
posted: 2014-04-19 07:04:37

Lmao......where's the chill at ?

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-04-19 08:35:04

Solly relephant  we are not to fault for your dyslexia, don't stress at us go hang yourself or play with something, don't care just go sleep man. We won't change how we write our comments, insightful bloggers have a lot to say and we are very much part of them, mxm you suck poi. Once and always bucs.

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-04-19 08:41:11

Thami101  not a bad idea, we could do it one more time cause Morton is really good and yes he would be a perfect fit for that hole left by AJ15. But I'm afraid our management have their minds set on sarr, just as good player but Morton better defensively. Exciting times ahead for us bhakaniya, we will rule next season. Once and always bucs.

posted: 2014-04-19 11:18:09

Solly and Buc-champ -  We will have to disagree.  On my other football club's internet forum, posts of this length are quite normal as fans are happy to discuss and share their opinions on the game they have just watched. Debate doesn't have to be reduced to Twitter length level! If you don't want to read a slightly longer post you don't have to. My post had three separate points and none were long.

There is no need for rudeness. Just reflects badly on you. By the way I was NOT seeking to be critical of Buc-champ's post at all. I actually enjoyed the post, and agreed with the comment about Morton. Just that I thought Maritzburg in the end should have won by more given the additional clear cut chances they created later in the game. Judging by Steve Kompela's comments at the end of the game he felt the same. My caveat was actually in part agreement with Buc, because if Ajax had taken one of their chances earlier in the game they wouldn't have had to chase the game as much, and Maritzburg probably would probably then have had fewer chances.

posted: 2014-04-21 11:21:03

Solly relephant

Solly.  There is no need for insults. These just reflect badly on you. Who are you anyway to dictate to others how they must write? Unlike you, Buc and I were discussing the game and one specific player we both have appreciated. By all means disagree with comments, but don't just label posts rubbish (two r's by the way) without stating what comments you disagreed with and why. 

On my other football club's internet forum, posts of this length are quite normal as fans are happy to discuss and share their opinions on the game they have just watched. Sorry but football debate doesn't have to be dumbed down and reduced to Twitter length level! If you don't want to read a slightly longer post you don't have to. Anyway my post had three separate points and none were long.

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