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Orlando Pirates’ Innocent Mdledle battles for possession with Ajax Cape Town's Nathan Paulse.

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Ajax back on top

Posted: 23 April 2008 Time: 21:34

Ajax Cape Town returned to the top of the Absa Premiership table following a gutsy 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

Nathan Paulse and Russel Mwafulirwa scored for the homeside.

In a tight, but entertaining game, Ajax showed great character to seal the vital win with a goal in jury time in both halves.

The game got off to a flying start, with the Cape team looking determined to make an early breakthrough as they brought out several saves from Pirates keeper Senzo Meyiwa in the opening couple of minutes.

In as early as the second minute Nhlanhla Shabalala tested Meyiwa with a header from a Franklyn Cale cross, but he lacked the power to beat the Buccaneers shot stopper.

In the sixth minute Paulse showed good determination to out-muscle Happy Jele and bear down on goal, but Meyiwa did well to move off his line smartly and block the shot.

Pirates soon hit back and thought they had scored the opener in the 10th minute, but Excellent Walaza's shot was ruled off-side.

In the 13th minute Bennett Chenene's good run was not matched by his finish as he shot well over the bar from the edge of the area.

The tempo of the game remained high throughout the half, with the homeside shading proceedings as they showed a greater hunger.

After they were again thwarted in the 37th minute when Meyiwa saved brilliantly from Shabalala, Ajax finally found the back of the net in the fifth minute of injury time when Paulse timed his run to perfection to power home a header from Mkhanyiseli Siwahla corner.

A succession of free kicks awarded early in the second half failed to see either side come close to scoring, with the exception of Siwahla's 57th minute effort which ended up in the side-netting.

After Pirates coach Owen Da Gama made three early changes, the visitors started to enjoy more of the play, but they struggled up front to find much penetration against a stubborn Ajax defence.

When Chenene did break through on goal in the 70th minute, goal keeper Morgan Cathey made a great save to keep The Urban Warriors' lead in tact.

Coach Craig Rosslee looked nervous on the side-lines as his side battled valiantly to keep Pirates at bay in the last 15 minutes, but he was finally able to relax when the win was sealed in the 93rd minute after Russell Mwafulirwa forced his way through to goal before tapping in after his initial shot had rebounded off the upright.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:45 pm
Ayeye mabhakabhaka, How do you plan winning the league when you keep dropping points? When you were kicked out of the Nedbank Cup, you said "now we'll focus on the league". If this is how you perform when you are "focused", then I would like to see you perform when you are NOT FOCUSED.
posted: 09:58 pm
looks like the soweto big three will be fighting to stay in the top eight this season.
posted: 10:02 pm
Pie-rats heheheihehehe Pilets hehehehehehe Pirates hehehehehe The Oldest Team hehehehehe 75th birthday hehehehe these guyz r a joke hehehehehehe shuwi. Seriously Pie-rates have real supportes now. U remember supporters of the 90s? The stadium would be burnning now, ODG ngabe ujahiwe manje. 2day mabhakabhaka re crying dem!! I mis those dayz , the match would reach the final whistle, misiles would be flying to the pitch. In those dayz Pie-rats would reatch in the final in one or two Competitions. Supporters 2day are cry-babies
posted: 10:15 pm
Dont worry BUCS you still stand a mathematical chance!!! Ajax just taught you Algebra. After all guys you should be happy with the achievement of beating downs this season. Sundowns membership forms available @ win, win, win(www).sundowns.com do u people notice similarities between bafana and pirates? Pirates and black leopards?
posted: 10:16 pm
ODG stil thinks he can still win the league. Come-on ODG give up its over, at list try to finish in best position you can. U might save your job, Khoza will fire you come the end of the season, mark my words
posted: 10:43 pm
posted: 11:09 pm
After Sunflower beat Chiefs Arthur said "abanye baphindiwe" remember this was 12 hrs after they lost to S/sport. Com'n Arthur say something now, excluding yo age. But I know Pierats supportes are celebrating this result. Ball possession is their best result."Nguban' ikhehla? nguban' ophindiwe?(It's 5 games without a win now)
posted: 11:25 pm
seems it is gonna be another photo finish , any one can still win it among the top 2...any soccer lover who will like to interact with other fans and dicuss any soccer related issues should check out Soccer fan base dot com it is free to join.
posted: 12:00 am
Damn, is this the part where i say....Hlala kwabafileyo Bakajuju?????? Damn, at least i got something to show for this season....seems like the horror-show continues for Ezimnyama--lol--
posted: 12:24 am
I thought bucs will come with samtin btter after dis game, mara doooooo kuya fana .
posted: 12:26 am
i dont know why iam writing this bafethu coz ajax left me speechless hhm!what agreat perofmance boys paulse and shabalala were outstanding 2day enoh was tite in the middle and the ajax defence was rock solid...siwahla also played his part by the way who didnt he?

boys i crown u champions of 2007/2008 season...AMEN!!!
posted: 12:27 am
i dont know why iam writing this bafethu coz ajax left me speechless hhm!what agreat perofmance boys paulse and shabalala were outstanding 2day enoh was tite in the middle and the ajax defence was rock solid...siwahla also played his part by the way who didnt he?

boys i crown u champions of 2007/2008 season...AMEN!!!
posted: 12:29 am
Mabhakaniy tell me ke, u guys r still celebrating 70 birthday win against sdwns, phela akwenza njalo bantu .
posted: 12:33 am
Even though dey beat sdwns, dey clean sky amabadi coz dey win left and right, manje nina .
posted: 12:36 am
Dipolelo: wht u support baba .
posted: 12:39 am
Or digents tsena di batla bonuses each game, mara y le jewa so .
posted: 12:42 am
Everybody hlinza u bhakabhaka kwenzenjani, or u didn't go emathuneni dis year?
posted: 12:43 am
saphinde saminza isikebhe sikamaminzela!!! i pirates ibheke kwi super 14 manje!!!
posted: 06:12 am
next its chiefs 2-0 loss to santos,remember this two teams were beaten by tshwane teams last wik with same 1-0 margin.happy people r happy again um happily playin 'r-kelly's happy people'this leaque is interestin......we gonna see whether de sunflowers r goin to survive the first wiks of winter.
posted: 06:49 am
A good advertisment for South African football last night. I could have paid 200.00 at the gate and still kept my money's worth. When I got home , the Man Utd vs Barcelona game sent me to sleep immediately. Well done to both Pirates and Ajax for an excellent display of enetertaining soccer last night
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