Ajax narrowly overcome Arrows
Posted: 29 January 2016 Time: 19:18
Ajax Cape Town edged Golden Arrows thanks to a first-half strike from Ruzaigh Gamildien at the Cape Town Stadium.
The Urban Warriors managed to pip Arrows by a solitary goal at home to collect a much needed three points to move up to ninth on the log.
It was a game with very few clear-cut chances, however, it was the hosts who made the most out of their chances when an unmarked Gamildien vollied home from a corner kick, which was poorly dealt with by the Arrows defence.
The first chance of the game fell the way of the hosts when Prince Nxumalo picked out Toriq Losper inside the box, but the latter's header across goal was cleared at the feet of the onrushing Riyaad Norodien.
Nine minutes later, captain Mosa Lebusa did well to clear off the line twice in succession as Arrows piled the pressure on the hosts.
Just after the half-hour mark, it was Ajax who scored from a set-piece opportunity, as Arrows goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva was uncertain in coming off his line, to allow Gamildien to shoot into an open net after being allowed space at the back-post.
Toriq Losper almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, after being played in by Abbubakar Mobara, but his well-hit effort from inside the box found Mbaeva equal to the task.
Mbaeva was almost caught out by a dipping deflected shot from Erwin Isaacs, as he fumbled the ball out for a corner just before the hour mark.
Halfway through the second stanza, Nxumalo almost handed the visitors a life-line when he failed to clear a free-kick and allowed the ball to find Chris Katjiukua, but the Namibian international's lobbed effort beat the keeper and the crossbar.
Both sides enjoyed opportunities at the death, but it was Ajax substitute Bantu Mzawakali who should have sealed it with an open run in the 93rd minute, but the midfielder failed to stay on his feet as Katjikua made a last-ditch tackle inside the box.
HOME: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Roger de Sa
AWAY: Golden Arrows
Coach: Clinton Larsen