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28/02/2014 20:00

Dolly, Paulse hand Ajax three points

Posted: 28 February 2014 Time: 19:32

Roger de Sa tasted his first victory as Ajax Cape Town coach after a 2-0 win against Polokwane City at Athlone Stadium on Friday night.

The Urban Warriors scored early goals in each half, with Keegan Dolly and Nathan Paulse getting on the score-sheet.

De Sa also handed 17-year-old defender Rivaldo Coetzee his professional debut.

Ajax were the first to offer an effort at goal and it came in the shape of their Mozambican import Telinho, who fired just wide.

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But they only had to wait until the fifth minute to break the deadlock. Dolly and Paulse were involved in an clever give-and-go, allowing the midfielder to fire in a low ball past goalkeeper Modiri Marumo.

Telinho had a chance to double the lead almost immediately but, again, he directed his effort wide of goal. It was all Ajax in the opening 15 minutes and their next shot at goal was a pile-driver from Abbubaker Mobara which nearly broke the advertising boards.

Polokwane’s best chance of the half cam when Galabgwe Moyana tested Anssi Jaakkola with his curling free-kick on the half-hour mark.

Ajax had their second just 10 minutes into the second half thanks to a great solo run by Paulse. Dolly won the ball back inside his own half and he played it through to the striker who ran up field, cut inside and struck a low drive to beat Marumo at the near post.

Siphesihle Nzimande and Thabo Rakhale were both thrown onto the field in hope of finding some way of making a dramatic, albeit unlikely, comeback in the encounter.

Ajax were denied their third goal when Marumo did well to get his fingertips on the end of Mosa Lebusa’s clever chip inside the box.

The win sees Ajax up into the top eight, while Polokwane dropping down to 14th spot.

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