Durban - Substitute
Mohau Mokate scored in stoppage time as Maritzburg United strengthened their Top 8 Absa Premiership push with an unlikely 1-0 victory over Ajax Cape Town at
the Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday.
Urban Warriors dominated the game in Pietermaritzburg, but after being denied
several times by the recalled Shuaib Walters, they watched all the points
harshly stolen from them when Mokate nodded in a Deolin Mekoa right-side cross
at the death.
Maritzburg did have some possession in the opening half, it was Ajax that were
by far the better team, doing everything but finding the back of the net.
Capetonians had three fine chances to break the deadlock. The first was in the
23rd minute when Keagan Dolly stole possession in midfield and split the home
defence with his low ball to Abbubaker Mobara, whose shot was excellently
blocked by the diving Shuaib Walters.
half-hour there was another opening for the visitors, this time for Toriq
Losper, but he again failed to beat the United keeper at the far post - the
ball rebounding off the attacker and rolling tamely out of play after it was
Ajax chance came four minutes from the break when Franklin Cale's left-side
cross caught the United defence ball-watching, with Mosa Lebusa inexplicably
goalless at the break and straight after Dolly capitalized on more lackluster
defending and found himself one-on-one with Walters, who blocked with his body
from close range as the ball dribbled to safety.
Maritzburg pressing thereafter, they failed to create any shots on goal until
the final five minutes.
that, though, there were two big moments as Bantu Mzwakali was booked for
simulation by the referee, much to the annoyance of the Ajax players.
also felt aggrieved moments later, in the 83rd minute, when Walters somehow
managed to tip a Lebusa header from a Cale free-kick onto the post, with some
players feeling the ball may have crossed the line.
first shot on goal came when substitute Mokate rifled into the body of Anssi
Jaakkola, followed by the late drama as United claimed the win.