Ajax, Arrows share spoils

2013-08-03 17:20
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Durban - Lamontville Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town collected a point each when their tightly-contested Absa Premiership clash ended in a 1-1 draw at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Lebogang Manyama scored the match-saving goal midway through the second half after Peter Wadabwa had fired the hosts ahead three minutes after the break.
The first chance of the match fell for the hosts in the seventh minute but Peter Wadabwa was unable to hit the target, heading just wide after connecting with a cross from Dumisani Zwane.
Ajax then started to settle after the opening fifteen minutes but Lebogang Manyama was unable to meet Keegan Dolly’s cross at the far post in the 18th minute.
Dolly then took matters to his own hands three minutes later, testing Siya Mngoma with a powerful effort from range, but the goalkeeper pulled off a decent one-handed save to keep the ball out of the net.
Both sides had opportunities to open the scoring on the stroke of half time, but Toriq Losper was denied by a good save by Mngoma in the 45th minute, while Siphelele Hleleni curled his free kick wide at the other end moments later.
The hosts started the second half brightly and soon took the lead in the 48th minute with Wadabwa burying his shot from inside the box after Ajax goalkeeper had palmed the ball back into play.
Four minutes later Hleleni showed his composure to turn away from his marker on the edge of the box but his execution let him down as he lifted his shot just over the crossbar.
Manyama started to get into the game and should have done better in the 58th minute when he was face-to-face with Siya Mngoma, but his lobbed effort was thwarted away by the goalkeeper.
The end-to-end action continued with Mandla Mdunge curling his effort inches over the crossbar in the 65th minute, while Manyama’s header produced a brilliant save from Mngoma four minutes later.
The equalizer arrived in the 70th minute when Travis Graham’s pass dissected the Arrows defence, allowing Manyama to beat Mngoma with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Arrows tried to push forward for the winner in the closing stages but substitute Bongi Ntuli failed to get enough power on his shot in the 81st minute, before blasting his long range effort over the crossbar five minutes later.
Lamontville Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Wadabwa 48’)
Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Manyama 70’)

Lamontville Golden Arrows: Mngoma, Tom, Zwane S, Mngwengwe (Sithole 71’), Zwane D, Wadabwa, Nguzana (Ntuli 46’), Mndunge, Nene, Hleleni (Qalanto 81’), Luthuli
Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Lolo, Hlatshwayo, Isaacs, Jenniker, Shabalala (Davids 86’), Van de Laak (Paulse 58’), Graham, Manyama, Losper, Dolly (Mokeke 61’)

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