Ajax Cape Town proved too strong for Manning Rangers as they overcame the Durban team by three goals to one in a Castle Premiership match played at the Newlands Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
From the onset it was a one sided affair with Ajax camping in the Maulers half, but failing to penetrate the Frankie Schoeman led defence.
In the 21st minute Nathan Paulse missed a clear goal after Marco Mthembu had set up him with a precise free kick chip.
Paulse missed another glorious chance after a Bradley August cross when he had only John Tlale to beat. The home side were all over Maulers with Mthembu and August combining well and Mulekelayi Kanku mesmerizing Francois Mpessa
Just before half time striker, Alton Meiring scored against the run of play when he slotted home a loose ball after some bad communication between Tsholola Tshinyama and Dominic Isaac.
Just after the restart Mthembu beat Tlale with a header from a Dominic Isaacs throw in to equalise.
In the 60th minute Mthembu ran half the pitch and picked out Kanku, who quickly pinpointed the advancing Mugeyi with a cross and the Zimbabwean goalgetter beat the helpless Tlale with a diving header.
The introduction of Teboho Tsiu for Edson Minga failed to bear fruit for the Durbanites.
Kanku then headed in a beautiful goal after a Joseph Ngake cross in the 73rd minute to make sure of the points for the home side.
Mthembu could have scored a brace had he not missed a cross from Isaacs in the 75th minute.
Bruce Grobelaar brought in Phumlani Mkhize for Frank Makua, but the former Kaizer Chiefs striker could not do much to destabilize the solid Ajax defence.
With only 6minutes left Grant Igesund was brought in for Ngake and Nhlanhla Shabalala for Kanku. The hosts displayed a gutsy performance with long periods of uninterrupted passes until the 90th minute and secured a 3-1 win, sending them up the Castle Premiership standings into fifth place.
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