Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town returned to winning ways in the
Absa Premiership with a convincing 2-0 victory over the University of Pretoria in the
Mother City on Friday night.
The match looked to be heading towards a goalless draw before Tashreeq Morris
popped up in the 79th minute with the opener and Granwald Scott netted from a
free-kick at the death to secure the three points for Roger De Sa's side.
The hosts took command of the game early on without creating any openings, but
it was Tuks who fashioned the first chance of the game when Denver Mukamba
forced home goalkeeper Denver Mukamba to tip over his free-kick on 18 minutes.
The Urban Warriors had to wait until the 25th minute to test Washington Arubi,
with Keagan Dolly racing clean through on goal, only to be denied by the
Erwin Isaacs then failed to work Arubi with a free-kick that went wide on the
half-hour mark, before the final piece of action in the first half ended with
Nathan Paulse heading past the upright from Isaacs' cross.
Isaacs should have done better with his next effort early in the second half
when he failed to make clean contact with the ball from a good scoring position
as it looped over the crossbar.
Riyaad Norodien threatened to break the deadlock on 71 minutes following a
strong run, which ended in him firing just wide of the goal.
But Ajax would finally breach the opposition goal eight minutes later as Morris
got on the end of Mosa Lebusa's cross to power home his header.
The Capetonians were well worth their lead and they went on to grab a second goal
in stoppage time, with man-of-the-match Scott beating Arubi from a well-struck
free-kick out on the left-hand side.
The Urban Warriors have moved up to sixth place in the league standings, level
on 37 points with fifth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic, while Tuks remain in 10th,
three points shy of the Top 8.