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Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town in a league encounter

Posted: 30 November 2011 Time: 21:31

Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in a League match thanks to a goal from Thulasizwe Mbuyane.

It was the perfect start for the Buccaneers as some swift passing and intelligent inter-changes saw Mbuyane find the back of the net in only the fifth minute of the match.

Daine Klate picked up the ball on the left side of the field and played a well weighted pass to Benni McCarthy on the edge of the box who then laid the ball off to an unmarked Mbuyane ten-yards out. The Pirates man made no mistake side-footing the ball past a stranded Sander Westerveld, 1-0.

Five minutes later and Siyabonga Sangweni should have doubled his side’s lead when a right wing cross found its way to him, unmarked, at the back post and 12-yards out from goal. But the Buccaneers defender rushed his shot, when he had more time, and fired well over the target.

Pirates definitely controlled the opening exchanges of the first 45, but as the half progressed Ajax certainly found their footing and in fact finished the stronger of the two teams.

The closest the Urban Warriors came to finding an equaliser, though, came a minute before the break when Khama Billiat let fly with a stinging 22-yard shot that just skimmed the wrong side of the right hand upright.

The start of the second half saw Ajax looking the fresher side and they began dictating terms, but still, despite all their possession, they failed to even force Moeneeb Josephs into a save.

Instead, the first decent opening of the second Stanza went the way of Pirates in the 67th minute. A corner was whipped in and Mbuyane should have found his second goal when he met it with a powerful header, but his attempt went over the crossbar from six-yards out.

Finally, in the 79th minute Ajax forced Josephs into a significant save. Substitute Lebohang Manyama drove into the box and unleashed a 16-yard pile driver that was parried over the crossbar by the keeper.

In the final minute of regular time Josephs was called into action again, this time making one of the saves of the season as he denied George Maluleka from ten yards out, diving full stretch to his left to make the finger tip save to parry the shot away.

That save saw Pirates hold onto the lead and eventually the win.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:51 pm
Up the bucs
posted: 09:51 pm
Up da bucs
posted: 09:52 pm
back to winning ways that's how we start shappa bacaneer shappa...
posted: 09:53 pm
we simoply dnt have a coach,gud play by Ajax who came wit game plan unlike us who huff n puff the whole game
Njabzah Zuma (4-OPFC)
posted: 09:53 pm
Hiyo le, hiyo le iBhakaniya... *singing*
Gucci Man
posted: 09:53 pm
Congratulations to Emanology(KING) and Becareless(Motlakoa)…lol

Well done to all other Nyaope addicts

posted: 09:54 pm
Go get dem bucs,zebras stumbled, ri khou sendela
posted: 09:54 pm
Leal is not for Pirates. We won but this is not the Pirates we know.KROLtakes to the promised land .
posted: 10:00 pm
Football 101 was mastered at the University of Orlando.
posted: 10:04 pm
Up the Bucs hooolaaa!!! Juju-man usiskhokho
posted: 10:05 pm
Guys im not satisfied with our perfomance bt itz better coz 3 point is in d beg.guyz idnt care whether SSU open gap as long family business lose.iwish tuckshop can score 5 goals on wekend in dis zebra.I LOVE IT WHEN CHIEFS IS LOSING.SHAPA BUCS SHAPAAAA
posted: 10:06 pm
Eitha de is a problem btwn Leal n Tebogo,wat a pathetic n stupid substition by thoz 2 clowns.wat fomation r we usin anyways,do we even study our oponents?i dnt think we gona cope wit Wits.that Talatou guy is got gud touches bt our clueles coaches wont even giv him a chance
posted: 10:08 pm
Hhay fellow Champs we must just forget abt defending the league title with this Leal guy as our coach! The man is clueless!!!

Firstly he wasted a substitution by starting with Mjempu, a player that has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is not Pirates material. Secondly he takes out Juju when it is clear as daylight that Chansa shd have been da one taken out. Thirdly he opts 4 Tlou, who did well by da way, at the time when we needed someone to be a nuisance to the Ajax defence instead of Rantjie... I don't understand how our coach thinks, period! I don't even think he does think!!!

Fellow Bucs I know we won & I shd b celebrating dis victory, but winning lyk dis jst takes away da joy @ da end of da game!!! Da coach must get his act 2geda & fast!!!

PS: was Clifford trying to throw da game??

Bucs by birth... Tsipaaa!
posted: 10:08 pm
Shapaa bucs
posted: 10:12 pm
we got 3pts but im worried abt mr leal tectics, chansa was not in da game but he played 90 mnts,
posted: 10:19 pm
I will never celebrate a fluke win.our coach just doesn't know what he is doing.what system are we playing,there is no organisational play.we are struggling and its a fact.Daine Klate is off form but the coach continue to play him.we are so pathetic we didn't deserve to win this game.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:24 pm
@ Black & Yellow : 2011-11-30 22:08

Gud point there boss,i feel as if we lost coz of poor tactics frm our coach.i hear the league issue but can we realy beat Wits?its like our coach's job is just 2 read startin line up bt afta dat,kumyama ebusweni benkawu
posted: 10:25 pm
what is wrong with our coach,chansa was giving away possesion every now and then i wonder why he was not removed sies man this coach is stupid wits is going to beat us again

chronic2001 gabs,botswana
posted: 10:26 pm
I don't care who says what leal is taking us nowhere.There was no flair in the way we played... Mxmmm!!! I starting to believe that Leal is worse than VV. I'm afraid happy days are coming to an end
posted: 10:27 pm
I am seeing stars Buccerneers, there is a problem here.

Which game was our coach watching? How do you justify playing counter attack with no speedy wingers? Mbuyane is too slow McCarthy worse Chansa out of the game only replaced with 2 minutes b4 fulltime.

The midfield and attack put the defence under a lot of pressure by not holding onto the ball. Fortunately our defence did fight until the end. Segolela should have been at least 20 minutes to put pressure on the Ajax defence. I am scared...
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