Ajax Too Late For A Point

An Ivan Winstanley strike was all Wits needed for maximum points against Ajax at Newlands this afternoon for a Castle Premiership game.

The goal came in the 37th minute when Stewart Murisa's shot was stopped by Moeneeb Josephs and the rebound went to Paul Johnstone who fed an unmarked Winstanley on the right of the 18-yard area.

Josephs could not do anything to save Winstanley's powerful drive as he scrambled to the goal line with no defenders in sight. The 3000-plus Ajax faithful were stunned into silence when the midfielder blasted the ball into a virtually empty net.

The Urban Warriors struggled to get back into the game as the Students were comfortable waiting for their attacks.

Earlier in the first half Wilfred Mugeyi was played through on goal by Tsholola Tshinyama, but was tackled by Thiery Mouyoura in the 18 yard area before he could take a shot.

The Wits defence, marshalled by Neil Winstanley and Mouyoura, kept Mugeyi and company at bay from their goal mouth.

The teams went into the half time break with the Clever Boys having a one goal advantage.

Ajax took control as Wits waited for chances to counter-attack. Their substitutions - Brent Carelse came on for Graham King 10 minutes into second half, proved to be more effective as King was restrained by Ryan Hodgskins in the first stanza.

Josep Ngake then switched to the left-wing while Carelse attacked on the right wing.

Carelse, providing width on the right wing, found the head of Nathan Paulse, who had come on for the Ajax captain Alfred Phiri, but the tall striker could not control his header and the ball went over the bar.

Bradley August, the former Santos striker playing at left-back, had a powerful shot at goal that forced Wayne Roberts to dive to his left, only for the effort to go wide. All these efforts came in the dying minutes of the game.

Roberts has now kept six clean sheets in consecutive games and the Wits defence is yet to concede a goal.

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