ON TARGET: Siyanda Xulu of Maritzburg United celebrates his goal with teammates at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
ON TARGET: Siyanda Xulu of Maritzburg United celebrates his goal with teammates at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Toriq Losper of Ajax Cape Town is fouled by Fortune Makaringe of Maritzburg United at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Toriq Losper of Ajax Cape Town is fouled by Fortune Makaringe of Maritzburg United at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – Ajax Cape Town were beaten 2-1 by Maritzburg United in a Premier League match played at Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening, leaving them second from the bottom on the log.

Right-wing Tashreeq Morris headed Ajax into the lead six minutes in after fine work from new signing Fakrie Lakay, before United grabbed a deserving equalizer 40 seconds into the second half, with Deolin Mekoa sending a shot across the face of goal, one returning goalkeeper Brandon Petersen should have saved with time on his side.  

The KwaZulu-Natal visitors, who had legitimate penalty claims during the opening half, were always in command and no surprise when they went 2-1 up in the 69th minute thanks to Siyanda Xulu’s first goal in two years. He was given time and space to header home.Toriq Losper of Ajax Cape Town is fouled by Fortune Makaringe of Maritzburg United at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Toriq Losper of Ajax Cape Town is fouled by Fortune Makaringe of Maritzburg United at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

That’s how it stayed. A fifth win on the trot for United over the men from Parow who last came out on top in 2015.

Ajax lost their tempo which allowed their opponents an easy ride. Once again they failed to hold onto a lead and hard work lies ahead. Lots of work to do in fitness and definite defensive frailties for all to see, while their protection of set-pieces left a lot to be desired.   
  
For their new coach Muhsin Ertugral who is back for a fourth stint, little time to work out his first-choice combinations. There were signs of improvement in the passing department, but once again few signs of lively threats in the final third.

Next up for the men from Parow is a home meeting with log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday.

Mike de Bruyn