MATCH CENTRE

WED 16 MARCH 2016, 19:30, TUKS STADIUM

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AmaTuks lose ground on Cosmos in relegation battle

by BackPageTXT

Wed March 16, 21:21

University of Pretoria suffered a massive blow in their bid for Absa Premiership survival, going down 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town at Tuks Stadium on Wednesday.

Toriq Losper scored the only goal of the game as the Urban Warriors snapped their losing streak. Defeat for AmaTuks leaves them three points behind Jomo Cosmos and just two points above bottom-placed Maritzburg United, who have two games in hand.

In desperate need of a win having watched Cosmos grind out a 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday evening, AmaTuks head coach Shaun Bartlett named an attacking line-up as he went in search of nothing but all three points.

Ajax, though, matched the hosts’ desire and dominated the early chances, with Tristyn Coetsee forced into a good save by Tashreeq Morris on 12 minutes.

Losper then tried his luck from 40 yards, Coetsee struggled to backtrack in the heavy rain, but did just about enough to deny the Ajax attacker.

The Urban Warriors didn't have to wait too long for the opener, with Losper getting the better of Coetsee soon after. The ‘keeper managed to keep out his initial effort, but could do nothing to deny Losper, who pounced to net his third league goal of the season.

AmaTuks never really threatened the Ajax goal, with Mpho Maruping guiding his header attempt wide of goal five minutes into the second stanza.

Morris had a chance to double the visitors’ lead in the 83rd minute, but having done well to keep his balance inside the area, the sturdy forward shot wide of goal.

Defender Partson Jaure led a late charge by Shaun Bartlett's troops, with the defender forcing Anssi Jaakkola into a low save in second-half stoppage time. In the end Ajax held on for all three points, to edge closer to the top eight.

University of Pretoria (1) 1 (Losper 24')
Ajax Cape Town 0

University of Pretoria: Coetsee, Jaure, Mwedihanga, Mthethwa, Sibande, Ntombayithethi, Maruping (Nyathi 69'), Mosadi (Mathosi 81'), Mnyamane, Bacela (Kebede 46'), Nyondo

Ajax Cape Town: Jaakkola, Mabaso, Lartey (Mobara 52'), Coetzee, Lebusa, Mdabuka, Hartog (Graham 78'), Norodien (E.Isaacs 81'), Losper, Morris, Paulse

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH TUKS STADIUM
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
10. Toriq Losper (24')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
26
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
3
Defender
2
Defender
15
Defender
52'
26
2
Defender
33'
5
Midfielder
36'
69'
7
Defender
3
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
78'
25
Midfielder
81'
11
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
39'
8
Midfielder
81'
31
Forward/Striker
17
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
46'
14
Midfielder
24'
10
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
29
SUBSTITUTIONS
Getaneh Kebede
Forward/Striker
46'
19
Abbubaker Mobara
Midfielder
52'
18
Bongani Nyathi
Midfielder
69'
12
Travis Graham
Midfielder
78'
6
Lucky Mathosi
Forward/Striker
81'
9
Erwin Isaacs
Midfielder
81'
20
CARDS
Mpho Maruping
Midfielder
36'
7
Mosa Lebusa
Defender
33'
5
Vuyisile Ntombayithethi
Midfielder
39'
8
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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