Maritzburg sink struggling Ajax
Posted: 5 January 2018 Time: 18:39
Maritzburg United got their first game of the year underway with a come from behind 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday.
The home side, whose form continues to go haywire, started life under Muhsin Ertugral. However, the Turk still awaited his work permit and was forced to sit in the stands.
Ertugral, who is well-known for bringing the best out of youngsters, gave a debut to Fagrie Lakay, who only joined today on-loan from SuperSport United and Tercious Malepe in attack.
The Urban Warriors wasted no time getting on the front foot when Lakay dazzled Bevan Fransman before setting up Malepe to cross for Tashreeq Morris to head home in the sixth minute.
They squandered a great opportunity to grab a second when the returning Toriq Losper shot tamely at Richard Ofori with the goal at his mercy after 12 minutes.
Referee Thokozani Mkhize came into the fray when he waved away a penalty appeal by the visitors after Lebohang Maboe was adjudged to have been brought down by Mosa Lebusa few minutes later.
After 20 minutes, Deolin Mekoa forced Brandon Petersen into his first save with a thunderous left-footed shot from outside the box.
They posed another question to the Urban Warriors when Evans Rusike teed-up Maboe who could only watch Malepe clear his effort off the line 10 minutes before the interval.
Mkhize came into the spotlight once again after he waved away yet another penalty shout when Mohau Mokate was allegedly pushed to the ground by Pietersen.
They were finally rewarded at the start of the second half with the leveler which Mekoa duly converted after connecting with Rusike’s through ball to beat Petersen at the far post.
In the 66th minute, Siphesihle Ndlovu got on the end of Mekoa’s delivery but his goal-written attempt was cleared into touch by Mario Booysen.
The Pietermaritzburg side finally went ahead for the first time in the game through Siyanda Xulu, who rose highest to head home a corner three minutes later.
The Team of Choice, who has a knack for grinding out results, experience showed as the game drew to a close with the home side struggling to get any shot on goal.
At the end, they stood firm to secure all three points to leapfrog Bloemfontein Celtic into sixth spot, while the hosts remain second from bottom.
HOME: Ajax Cape Town
Coach: Muhsin Ertugral
AWAY: Maritzburg United
Coach: Fadlu Davids