10-Man Ajax beat 9-man Mighty Maulers

Ajax Cape Town scored a 2-1 win over Manning Rangers in a Castle Premiership match played at the Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday night to ensure that they stay only a point adrift of the top of the table.

Ajax took the lead in the 13th minute when Mulekalayi Kanku took advantage of a weak back-pass from Frank Schoeman and rounded Rangers goal-keeper Chad Harpur to score.

However, the Mighty Maulers were determined to make a game of it and in the 23th minute they equalised when Keryn Jordan converted a penalty after Kitabala Mubiala had brought down Edson Minga inside the penalty box.

Four minutes later Ajax were reduced to 10 men when Bradley August received his marching orders following a foul on Minga.

Ajax fought back and in the 33rd minute they again took the lead when Alfred Phiri headed home a corner kick which Harpur fumbled before the ball ended up in the back of his own net.

The game became hotly contested during the second half with a further two players - Siyabonga Siphika and Minga of Rangers, both being sent off.

The result sees the Cape Team stay in touch with Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the log while Steve Komphela's side are still hanging on the edge of the relegation zone.

The Urban Warriors will remain in Durban as their next match is against Zulu Royals in Sunday.

Read more about Ajax Cape Town on the web site of the club .