Mokate secure points for Maritzburg

A headed goal in optional time by substitute Mohau Mokate gave Maritzburg United a 1-0 Absa Premiership win over visiting Ajax Cape Town who dominated the scoring opportunities on the night.

The match at Harry Gwala Stadium took a while to get going with no goal mouth situations inside the opening ten minutes and it took until the 14th minute for the first attempt on goal when Kurt Lentjies’ shot flew across the face of goal.

It took until the 23rd minute for an Ajax chance on goal when Keagan Dolly pounced on lost ball possession to set up Abbubakar Mobara who fired in a shot, only to see it well saved by a diving Shuaib Walters

A few minutes later and Dolly got in a shot at goal, but it hardly troubled Walters before Anssi Jaakkola was called into action for the visitors, making a comfortable punched clearance from a corner kick.

On the half hour mark Toriq Losper fashioned a shot at goal but again Walters was there to make the save, and late in the first half both Dolly and Franklin Cale see their shots flash wide of goal in a lively opening half by the visiting Ajax.

Then in the 42nd minute Ajax should have taken the lead when Cale fired in a cross to the back post where an unmarked Mosa Lebusa somehow headed wide of the goal.

Directly after the interval Ajax were in with a shout again when Dolly got into a one-on-one situation but his effort was saved by the impressive Walters.

Maritzburg coach Steve Komphela made all of his substitutions by the 67th minute, a clear indication of his unhappiness with the way his side had played up then.

Mondli Cele could not do anything to help ease his coach’s concerns when he put an effort wide in the 64th minute before Ryan de Jongh’s effort also lacked power and direction.

Ajax thought they had done enough for a winner in the 83rd minute only to see Maritzburg goalkeeper Walters tip a Lebusa header onto the upright to keep the score goalless.

Then, despite being dominated by Ajax for most of the game, Maritzburg found the winner when substitute Mokate finished off with a header from Deolin Mekoa’s supply in referee’s optional time.

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Mokate 90’)

Ajax Cape Town 0

Teams:

Maritzburg United: Walters, Booysen, De Jongh, Pantsil, Mekoa, Zulu, Lentjies, Vilakazi (Mkhize 62’), Mabaso, Cele (Banda 67’), Anas (Mokate 57’)

Ajax Cape Town: Jaakkola, Allie, D Isaacs, Mobara, Lebusa, Graham, Dolly (Mzwakali 62’), Losper (Scott 72’), Morris, Lolo (Norodien 71’), Cale