Ajax CT extended their unbeaten run this season with a 2-1 victory over Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night
The Mother City outfit came into this match with an unchanged side that beat PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns in their previous encounter, while City coach Boebie Solomans made five changes to his midfield and attack.
The Urban Warriors got off to a blistering start when former SuperSport United attacker Thabiso Nkoana found the back of the net in the opening minute of the match.
Polokwane City faced an uphill battle as the confident Ajax side kept things compact and continued to create goalscoring opportunities.
Rise and Shine top goalscorer Puleng Tlolane had a chance to level the score moments after the opening goal from a dead-ball situation, but he unfortunately missed the target. Both sides continued to play attractive football with City eagerly looking to pull one back, and the Cape side wanting to double their lead.
On 11 minutes, City’s Jabulani Maluleke teamed up nicely with Tlolane down the left wing, but the attack was immediately broken down when Abbubaker Mobara committed a foul on Tlolane. Two minutes later, it was Tlolane in the midst of it all again - the youngster picked up the first yellow card of the match for a deliberate handball.
Before the half hour mark, Maluleke hit a superb strike from a 25-yard set-piece, but Ajax goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola denied him with an equally stunning save of his own.
Shortly afterwards, Malawian attacker Essau Kanyenda thought he got the equaliser when he put the ball into the back of the net, but he was adjudged to have been offside.
At the opposite end Mobara failed to double the Ajax lead from a gifted opportunity, as City's shot-stopper Dino Visser was still on the ground. Ajax shot-stopper Jaakkola was in sublime form, and produced countless match winning saves.
Before the stroke of half time the visitors struck again when 20-year-old Tashreeq Morris doubled the Ajax lead. Morris found himself in a good position to tap in from a Nathan Paulse delivery much to the delight of the Urban Warriors bench.
At the restart, Keagan Dolly’s corner found Paulse, but the lanky attacker headed his attempt straight into the hands of Visser. City coach Solomons eagerly searched for a goal and introduced attacker Roger Majafa.
With minutes left on the clock, the Rise and Shine got a consolation goal when an unlucky Mobara put the ball into his own net, before Tlou Molekwane got sent off after receiving a second yellow card.