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Ajax 1-0 Maritzburg United

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Toriq Losper netted an 87th minute goal to hand Ajax Cape Town a much-needed 1-0 win over high-flying Maritzburg United at Athlone Stadium on Friday night.

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The Urban Warriors jumped from 13th to 11th as a result to move onto +15 points from their 14 matches.

The Team of Choice, meanwhile, remained in fourth place on 23 points.

The windy conditions made it difficult for both sides but it was Maritzburg who had the first real chance of the match with Ryan de Jongh forcing Ajax stopper Sean Roberts into an early save following a lapse in concentration at the back from Matthew Booth.

Bradley Grobler and Khama Billiat both tried their luck from range but neither tested Shu-Aib Walters in the Maritzburg goal with their efforts well off target.

Ajax continued to improve the longer the match wore on but without creating any real goal-scoring opportunities with United assistant coach Ronnie Kanalelo's sending off for reported bad language the most exciting piece of action around the half-hour mark.

Walters though was at his best when he denied Lebo Manyama a minute before the break, the player having been put through on goal by Losper.

Maritzburg emerged for the second half more like their regular self this season with Thabang Matuka and Mthokizisi Yende both coming close with efforts from long-range.

And despite Booth forced off the park with an injury, to be replaced by Taariq Fielies, Ajax were able to secure a winning goal, much to the relief of the home support.

Brazilian Wanderson Costa Viana drove into the Maritzburg box, and although he was dispossessed, the ball fell to Losper who smashed home across Walters into the back of the net.

There was still time for a late scare as Delron Buckley came close to grabbing a very late equaliser with a shot that he just fired wide from a tight angle.

Posted: 07/12/12 19:51

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