Cape Town - Black Aces remain winless in the league in 2015 after they lost 2-1 to Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.
Aces made all the early running, getting in a series of early shots at the Ajax goal.
But Thanduyise Khuboni pulled his shot from inside the box wide on two minutes after he had been teed up by Dino Ndlovu, before Collins Mbesuma failed to trouble Anssi Jaakkola with an attempted chip, after which Aubrey Ngoma and then Miguel Timm both shot wide of goal after a couple of good build-ups by the hosts.
The Urban Warriors had to wait until the 15th minute for their first chance, which saw Toriq Losper’s first time shot from outside the area going wide, before Erwin Isaacs’ header was blocked by the Aces defence two minutes later.
But it was the Mpumalanga outfit who were to draw first blood, Zamuxolo Ngalo nodding in on 23 minutes from close range after Jaakolla had pushed Mbesuma’s initial header into his path.
The Urban Warriors came close to mustering a reply eight minutes before half time, but Tashreeq Morris’ well-struck volley went straight at visiting keeper Jackson Mabokgwane.
Both sides had chances after the break, but Timm fired a low drive straight at Jaakkola after which Franklin Cale saw his spectacular scissors kick at the back post going narrowly wide.
Ajax began to enjoy more and more ball possession, but had could find no way past the AmaZayoni defence.
However, the Urban Warriors were handed a lifeline on 69 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Ngalo was judged to have fouled Mzwakali on the edge of the box, with Nathan Paulse leveling the game from the spot.
Ten minutes later and Ajax were in front when Jomo Gumede betted an own goal in attempting to clear Mzwakali’s cross from the right.
The Urban Warriors were on top for most of the remainder of the game, Aces unable to mount any kind of come-back as they remain winless in the league in 2015.
Ajax Cape Town (0) 2 (Paulse 69’ pen, Gumede og 79’)
Black Aces (1) 1 (Ngalo 24’)
Ajax Cape Town: Jaakkola, Lolo, Mobara, Coetzee, Lebusa, Graham (Scott 79’), E Isaacs, Losper (Cale 46’), Mzwakali, Morris (Nkoana 65’), Paulse
Black Aces: Mabokgwane, Nonyane, Gumede, Gyimah, Ngalo, Timm, Ngoma, Khuboni, Ndlovu (Ndoro 81’), Nale (Ngobeni 87’), Mbeuma