Ajax, fresh from their first win of the year against Highlands Park earlier this week, started the match on the front foot and could have been ahead had Mark Mayambela not missed the target in a one-on-one situation with Arrows keeper Gumede.
Five minutes later, Mayambela was very unlucky to have a goal ruled off-sides – when replays showed it should have stood – before Gumede made a double save to keep out Grant Margeman and Thabo Mosadi as the
But it was Abafana Bes’thende who were to draw first blood when Nkanyiso Mngwengwe scrambled the ball over the line from close range, after Jody February had failed to hang on to a corner kick on 12 minutes.
Ajax were close to equalising when Rivaldo Coetzee flashed a header wide in the 19th minute, but it took a goal-line clearance soon after from defender Roscoe Pietersen to keep out Mngwengwe’s header.
Goal-mouth action continued and Gumede made another excellent reflex save to block Mayambela’s stinging drive just before the half-hour mark, before again doing well to move off his line quickly to deny Mosadi a chance to shoot.
6' CHANCE! Mayambela has the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman's flag is raised for offside - replays, though, suggest otherwise
Fortune again eluded the Urban Warriors after the restart as Pietersen’s snap shot was inches away from finding the net.
Kudawashe Mahachi came close to winning it for Arrows when he flashed a 20-yard shot wide.
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