It is extremely difficult to write a match report when an away match is not Televised but based on social media reports it was clear that the Urban Warriors struggled to get out of the starting blocks.
Highlands were the first to get away a shot in anger, with winger Lindokuhle Mbatha firing wide of Jody February’s goal posts as early as the fifth minute of the match.
In the 12th minute the hosts opened the scoring through the lively Mbatha, who turned home an assist from Edwin Sitayitayi to make it 1-0 to the Lions of the North.
Highlands created further half-chances in what remained of the first stanza, though the only notable effort came from veteran Surprise Moriri in the 41st minute and was comfortably dealt with by February.
Ajax made a tactical change at the start of the second half when they replaced Mark Mayambela with Grant Margeman, and it proved to be a masterstroke as the substitute scored an equaliser in the 53rd minute.
Margeman beat Highlands’ ‘keeper Tapuwa Kapini with a left-footed shot to make it 1-1 and put the Urban Warriors back in the hunt for three points.
However, just four minutes later, a freak goal from Kapini – who was clearing from his own half of the field and caught February out of position – put the hosts back in the lead at 2-1.
It proved to be the decisive moment of the match, with Highlands picking up a vital win in their fight against relegation to move level with Ajax on 12 points.
The teams will return to league action this weekend, facing Chippa United (away) and Bloemfontein Celtic (away) respectively.