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Ajax Cape Town hold Orlando Pirates to a draw

Posted: 27 April 2012 Time: 21:49

Orlando Pirates failed to put daylight between them and the chasing pack as they drew 1-1 with Ajax at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

George Maluleka netted an early goal for the home side, but The Buccaneers were level just three minutes later through Lucky Lekgwathi.

Bucs had the first chance of the game when Benni McCarthy cleverly slipped in Rudolf Bester, but his shot was too close to Sander Westerveld.

The game was open and fast-paced, with Ajax also spending quite a bit of time around the Pirates box.

But it was only with their first real chance that the Cape side scored. The goal came after 22 minutes and was scored by Maluleka, who took advantage of a slip-up by Oupa Manyisa to rifle a low drive past Moeneeb Josephs.

The Sea Robbers’ reply was swift, however – just three minutes later Lekgwathi sent an angled drive past Westerveld from close range after an enterprising build-up involving Manyisa and Bester.

The first half, which also saw a concussed Bheki Nzunga replaced on 15 minutes by Benson Mhlongo, remained open and entertaining, with both sides having additional efforts on goal; Maluleka coming closest when he drove an angled effort inches wide.

McCarthy had a great chance to put Bucs in front in the 63rd minute when he shaped up for a header on goal following Tokelo Rantie’s excellent cross, but the veteran sent his effort wide.

The second half remained highly entertaining, with both sides attacking and play going from end to end.

With 13 minutes to go, Maluleka’s shot looked set to bend inside the upright, but Rooi Mahamutsa got in a crucial intervention as he put his head on the line.

McCarthy was replaced by Ndumiso Mabena late on, but before departing the field came close to nipping in for a goal, only to be denied by Westerveld’s sharp reflexes.

With four minutes to go Brent Carelse looked set to hit the winner, but Manyisa this time was the Buccaneer to get his body in the way.

That was it as far as goalmouth action was concerned, Bucs having no choice but to leave the Mother City with only a point.

Anthony McLennan

Previous comments on this story...

CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:08 pm
Yeseeeeeeeessss, Our chances of lifting the Title went down by 37.64%...mxm.Y didn’t U collect max points mara he?Damit maan!!!

But anyway,it was not an easy one.

BHAKAJUJU TILL DEATH DO US PART
Anonymous
posted: 10:09 pm
F**k dis is bullsh**t 3 draws in a row.

De Legend is back.
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:11 pm
What were the strikers busy doing???Mxmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... sieeeeeeeeeees maaan!

I GIVE UP ON THE LIG RACE

mara UP THE BUCZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
Ya talk is cheap rats are not getting points as they are talking.
Prove your magnificent by displaying good result.
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
Wetting a stadium like that is immature, ajax plays shtfutball always in cape town
Azania
posted: 10:12 pm
Tough game. The yellow gap to start again. Eish. We must not lose hope. 3 draws in games that we needed points like hell. Dropped 6 points. Shuuuuu!
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:13 pm
3 blady drawz in a row???la gafa maaan tjeeerrrrrrrrr
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 pm
Nx... I think it is the high time Tebogo n Njenje put their ego's aside and play Chansa, what was needed there was the experience which Ntshumayelo was lacking there in the Midfielder(clueless passes)...NXXXXXX#I have favoritism...NXXXXXX
Anonymous
posted: 10:14 pm
Palacios just kicked his chance of coaching Pirates away...

But we will the league, without a coach.
Anonymous
posted: 10:14 pm
CAPTAIN MHLONGO SHOW US THE WAY CANAAN IS SO NEAR BUT FAR
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:15 pm
FACT:

OPFC lost the Lig Title againt Wits.

BLACK & WHITE I SHALL REMAIN
Anonymous
posted: 10:16 pm
Hha do'nt despair gents, it happens to the best jy ken? Even the Mighty Downs can attest to that.

Pirates are not CHOKING, but just CHECKING, angithi zithing'thing?
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:18 pm
This fuls know they need points cos they cannot like hel won by goal difference lyk they did last season...moronz!

mara UP THE BLADY BUCZ MAAN
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 pm
Three draws = D D D = DiDiDi! LOL!
Anonymous
posted: 10:20 pm
Why is Chansa made to watch from the stands? He plays much better than most of our highly rated midfielders. We need this man to win the league.
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:21 pm
Wena Palacios go back to your original position,I wil coach BUCS for the remaining games.Wher the hel is Chansa wena stuupid?Mxm!

BHAKAJUJU TILL I BCUM AN ANCESTOR
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:24 pm
Wena Palacios go back to your original position,I wil coach BUCS for the remaining games.Wher the hel is Chansa wena stuupid?Mxm!

BHAKAJUJU TILL I BCUM AN ANCESTOR
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 pm
@Mampintshakegompintshe! LOL. Ungazostefela wena sdindi......you're not the only one who has iets to say......hambofuni 'thushu'! mh.

Oupa Manyisa had one of his best teeth bothering him, yerrr. udlalamasimba lobaba, he should've been red-carded in the first half, Mfiki was too lenient for my liking. nx.
Nipsy
posted: 10:25 pm
Is this a repeat of last Wednessday and last weekend or wht? is supersport repeating the matches? Is this what is going to happen going forward until the end of season? Are oprhans still celebrating even today? has Nje-Nje's name changed to: Ma-draw?
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
The team will win the League will have only 53points. This will be ever won by less margin.
That can give the forgetable Kings to restore their chance to win the League.

Khosi mathathe asakulindile lamakhehla.
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