Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town have left it late before securing a shock
1-0 PSL victory over defending champions Kaizer Chiefs at the
Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night.
Tasreeq Morris came off the bench to secure a late win for the Urban Warriors with his strike in the 87th minute of the game, while Chiefs were left ruing their missed chances.
Kaizer Chiefs came into the game looking to extract revenge from this fixture last season, after a 3-1 defeat at Cape Town Stadium meant that their title celebrations were delayed by an extra week.
The Amakhosi were the first to create some attacking impetus when they won the ball back in the middle of the park four minutes in. Some quick passing to George Lebese allowed him to take a shot from outside the box, only for it to go wide.
Telinho did the same off Anssi Jaakkola’s goal-kick and it too sailed wide.
By the 17th minute the away side was winning the physical and possession battle on the park, but there was still little goal mouth action to report on.
Thulani Hlatshwayo, who was back in action and wearing a scrumcap after suffering a concussion against Tuks, tried to nod in a corner-kick, but Itumeleng Khune was equal to it.
In the 26th minute Reneilwe Letsholonyane struck Jaakkola’s punching save on the half-volley.
The midfielder directed it towards goal, but skipper Dominic Isaacs did well to boot it out of danger.
Ajax’s most dangerous moment of the half came in the 31st minute when Eleazar Rodgers was denied the opening goal by the post.
The striker side-footed Hlatshwayo’s cross onto the upright.
Muhsin Ertugral opted for change at the restart of the second 45, bringing on Keagan Dolly in place of Cole Alexander, while Ajax started to impress with some terrific one-two play between Toriq Losper and Hltshwayo.
The defender made a cross towards the onrushing Rodgers and he should have done better to direct his effort on target.
Four minutes later Dolly was guilty of missing the target, despite having plenty of room on the left-flank,
while the masses of Chiefs fans started to call for a substitution.
Chiefs’ most threatening attack came midway through the second half with Tefu Mashamaite seeing his header off a corner skim the roof of the net.
In the final minutes of the game, the defending Champions were persistent in their pursuit of a goal, but it was Ajax who stole the show with Tasriq Morris’ 87th minute goal from Mobara’s cross at the near post.
Ajax Cape Town: (0) 1 (Morris 87’)
Kaizer Chiefs: (0) 0
Ajax Cape Town:
Jaakkola, Hlatshwayo, Isaacs, Jenniker, Lebusa, Mobara, Telinho (Mzwakali 72’), Alexander (Dolly 46’), Losper, Rodgers, Manyama (Morris 81’)
Khune, Gaxa (Dladla 78’), Mathoho (Majoro 78’), Mashamaite, Masilela, Gould, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Baloyi, Parker, Lebese