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Ajax ease relegation pressure

A relegation-threathed Ajax Cape Town kept their hopes of staying in the Absa Premiership alive when they secured maximum points against Bidvest Wits at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

Both sides started well but it was the hosts who recorded the first real opportunity of the game, Yannick Zackri’s effort going over the crossbar after beating a few defenders.

The Clever Boys looked to grow into the game, controlling the ball and building steadily from the midfield.

Vincent Pule forced Jody February into a good save in the 20th minute with his effort on goal.

The Urban Warriors were able to find a breakthrough seven minuted later, Zackri latching on to a Fargie Lakay through ball and sliding an effort past Darren Keet.

The visitors pushed for an equaliser before half time and exposed a few holes in the Ajax defence, Thabang Monare with a good chance on the stroke of the half hour mark was let down by his effort.

With the half drawing to a close February produced another spectacular save to deny Lehlohonolo Majoro from levelling matters. The sides went down the tunnel with the hosts carrying an advantage but looking susceptible to conceding.

The second half saw a wave of attacks from Wits being thwarted by the Cape Town side with Ajax looking to hit Gavin Hunt’s men on the break.

Former Ajax captain Granwald Scott gave his former side reason for concern with an effort from range, the rocket from range going just wide of the target.

The game fizzled to it’s conclusion with Ajax able to hold on for a vital three points.

The win temporarily releases some relegation pressure as Ajax move within one point of SuperSport United in 14th place after they held Orlando Pirates to a draw.