Absa Premiership

Paulse steers Ajax past Arrows

2016-12-03 22:25
Nathan Paulse (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Nathan Paulse scored a late penalty to see Ajax Cape Town claim a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match on Saturday night.
The result at the Athlone Stadium means the Urban Warriors have now won three successive matches and appear to have put their early-season struggles behind them.
Ajax had the first notable effort on goal, with Thabo Mosadi’s shot in the 10th minute forcing Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede into a sharp save.
The visitors’ goal-minder had a busy first quarter of the game, as he also kept out efforts from Mark Mayambela, Ndiviwe Mdabuka and Prince Nxumalo, while Urban Warriors captain Travis Graham also shot agonisingly wide.
With just under 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Ajax had another chance when Mayambela had a glancing free kick from Bantu Mzwakali’s free kick, but again Gumede was on hand to keep Arrows on level terms.
The Durban side upped their game after the break and tested Jody February for the first time just before the hour mark, with the goalkeeper called into action to keep out a shot from Kagisho Dikgacoi.
With Ajax looking to reinvigorate their attack, they introduced lanky striker Paulse off the bench with just under 20 minutes to play and he made a strong impact on the game.
The substitute broke the deadlock in favour of the Urban Warriors in the 85th minute, converting a penalty awarded for hand-ball by Siyabonga Dube - it proved to be the decisive moment of the match, turning it in favour of the home side.
The victory takes the Urban Warriors up to 10th place on the log with 12 points from as many matches, while Arrows drop to sixth place on 18 points from 12 outings in the league.
Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Paulse 85’ pen)
Golden Arrows 0
Ajax: February, Isaacs, Coetzee, Lartey, Lebusa, Mdabuka, Graham, Mosadi, Mayambela (Margeman 86’), Mzwakali (Morris 90’), Nxumalo (Paulse 71’)
Arrows: Gumede, S. Dube, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Phiri, Cele, Bilankulu, Fikizolo, Dikgacoi (Mathiane 79’), Jooste (Mahachi 90’), Lamola (Barrios 79’)


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 19 January 2018
Wits v Bloemfontein Celtic, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 20 January 2018
Cape Town City FC v Ajax Cape Town, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Maritzburg United, Goble Park 15:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Platinum Stars, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu FC v SuperSport United, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Chippa United v Golden Arrows, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Baroka FC v Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.