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18/05/2013 15:00

Ajax survive after beating Arrows

Posted: 18 May 2013 Time: 17:09

Ajax Cape Town secured their top-flight survival after a final day 3-0 victory against Golden Arrows at Athlone Stadium.

Mabhuti Khenyeza settled the nerves with an early goal, and he added another at the death after Toriq Losper had made sure of the points.

Ajax got off to a bright start, coming close several times in the opening minutes as Nhlanhla Shabalala hit a 25-yarder just wide, while Lebo Manyama was close with a header.

And the hosts were to get the goal they so badly needed to settle the nerves as a fantastic move down the right flank ended with Khama Billiat pulling the ball across goal for Khenyeza to sweep home.

Arrows looked to play their way back into the game, but could not find a finishing touch in and around goal. The match remained tight, with play going from end to end, but with neither side able to create clear-cut chances.

Just before the break there was half-a-chance for the hosts to add a second, but Lebo Manyama’s excellent cross just failed to find Khenyeza.

There was an even better chance for Billiat after being put clean in on goal by Nhlanhla Shabalala but, with just the keeper to beat, his finish was woeful.

The Urban Warriors had the first chance of the second half when Wanderson broke clear through the middle before releasing Khenyeza, whose shot from 20 yards looped just wide of goal.

Chances were few and far between, with the next opportunity falling to the Durban side on 65 minutes, but Joseph Musonda blasted his effort over the bar from 20 yards out.

However, Ajax eventually got the second goal they needed with 18 minutes to go – substitute Losper slamming the ball home from 12 yards after a great run and a clever pass from Khenyeza.

Khenyeza then put the icing on the cake when he netted with two minutes to go, sweeping home a cross from the right.

It means Ajax finish the season in 14th place with 31 points, while Arrows end 13th with only a better goal-difference.

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