Cape Town - Ajax
Cape Town’s winless run in the Absa Premiership was stretched to three matches
as they were held 0-0 by the University of Pretoria at Athlone Stadium.Having
enjoyed the upper-hand for most of the evening at a windy stadium, the home
side will be disappointed by only taking a point from the game.
There were a couple of half chances for the hosts as Toriq Losper sent an early
shot straight at Washington Arubi before Nathan Paulse fired over the bar.
It was AmaTuks, though, who had the best chance of the opening 20 minutes when
a slip by Rivaldo Coetzee allowed Atusaye Nyondo a clean run in on goal, but he
took far too long to get a shot away and Abel Mabaso was able to make a saving
tackle for Ajax.
The Urban Warriors were then handed a great chance to take the lead on the half
hour mark when Paulse was awarded a penalty kick after what appeared a fairly
innocuous challenge in the box. But Paulse was unable to drive home the
advantage as a rather weak spot kick was comfortably saved by Arubi.
Ajax continued to dominate proceedings for the most part, and were close to
scoring in the 32nd minute when Franklin Cale’s powerful drive deflected just
wide of goal before Paulse headed wide of the mark from a Milton Ncube cross
five minutes before half time.
The Cape side were to have the first chance of the second half, but the
opportunity went a-begging as Erwin Isaacs miscued from right in front of goal
after a cross from Cale had landed kindly for him on 52 minutes.
There was a chance for AmaTuks to grab a winner out of the blue when the ball
fell kindly for Lennox Bacela in the box, but his first time volley on 80
minutes was pulled just wide.