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Ajax and Pirates fire blanks

Posted: 18 February 2014 Time: 18:52

Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates played to a 0-0 draw in their Absa Premiership match at Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Bucs goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa did brilliantly to keep the home team at bay, while Eric Tinkler’s side struggled to really test the Ajax goalkeeper.

Both Ajax and Pirates came into the game looking to undo the wrongs which saw them both suffer defeats in their league games on the weekend.

Pirates fell to a 1-0 defeat to Polokwane City, while the Urban Warriors, who were without skipper Dominic Isaacs at Athlone Stadium, had sustained a 3-2 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The first important save on the evening came in the ninth minute when Senzo Meyiwa rushed off his line. Keagan Dolly supplied a dangerous ball into the box and it forced the Pirates man to run off his line and beat the onrushing Nathan Paulse to the ball.

Ajax were exposing Pirates on the right flank through the use of Cecil Lolo and Abbubaker Mobara, and it was the latter’s cross four minutes later which forced Lucky Lekgwathi to make a crucial interception in the box.

It could have been 1-0 to the home side in the 24th minute. Paulse struck a powerful glancing header, which forced Meyiwa to pluck it and drop to the ground. It was a great effort not to let the ball cross the line.

The first attempt at goal that didn’t hit the target for Ajax arrived ten minutes later when Thamsanqa Sangweni failed to make use of the attempt.

Khethowakhe Masuku then spotted Daine Klate bursting in at the far post, but his long cross into the box agonisingly failed to find Klate.

Pirates were the ones to come out with more energy and vigour at the restart and it was Thabo Matlaba’s snapshot which saw Anssi Jaakkola scramble for the ball as it took a deflection en-route to the near post.

Pirates had gone a whole hour without hitting the target once but when they finally did it was Helder Pelembe who forced Jaakkola to be aware with his long-range shot.

In the closing stages of the game Ajax were throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, to get the match-winning strike and it was Telinho who put an effort wide of the near post.

However, it was the Buccaneers who came the closest to scoring five minutes from time when Hlatshwayo pulled off an exceptional overhead defensive clearance to deny Klate the goal.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Bennito17
posted: 2014-02-18 16:59:10

a rubbish line up with no striker&destroyer.

I c us(pirates) losing by a huge margin...around 3-0

Mantengwane
posted: 2014-02-18 16:59:16

Esindebeleni le kwelika Mthwakazi ko Bulawayo sithi soyicela isivuthiwe

DizaNombewu
posted: 2014-02-18 17:01:10

Dauda wud hv bn perfect bcoz of ths cptwn strong wind

Injayediski
posted: 2014-02-18 17:01:14

Meyiwa?? I wash my hands. VV needs an assistant. Those 2 morons must be chased away from this team...how I wish this game was in dbn. Bebezonya.

LOBOLA
posted: 2014-02-18 17:02:14

DAUDA must have  been  drafted to be  in the first eleven..

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 17:02:16

Why drag Senzo back into the team? is Dauda not good enough?

Disco-Dancer #KCExcel
posted: 2014-02-18 17:04:31

Lts hope meyiwa wil lt thm(goals) in like as usually

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-02-18 17:05:06

wot the hell is wrong with our coaches,wot did Dauda do to deserve to be dropped?

Monatefontein
posted: 2014-02-18 17:06:26

Meyiwa walks right bck into de starting line up,it jst shows they hv no faith in Dauda

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-02-18 17:09:47

So Ajax does not have subs......

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 17:11:45

If only my wish could come true, Rodents would lose this game tonight against Ajax and win the next game against Yellow tendencies! If only!!! Eish............

Bashin
posted: 2014-02-18 17:14:15

Yabona ke inexperienced mentors...how could he let Senzo walk straight to the starting lineup, such causes divisions to a team especially considering Dauda had not done bad in the chances given...

I am happy with the inclusion of Myeni, would have preferred a tryout of pelembe and Erasmus upfront.

Good Luck to the team!

aka christos
posted: 2014-02-18 17:15:13

JA BEST  XI

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2014-02-18 17:15:39

Local coaches r jus puppets for real

Bashin
posted: 2014-02-18 17:17:02

Bibo and Erasmus are?

Jezzza
posted: 2014-02-18 17:18:08

Now I see why a certain man once said his team will never be coached by a South African coach. Meyiwa again

Buhle_sny
posted: 2014-02-18 17:21:45

Hawu, Ajax subs vele dololo.

SencoPation
posted: 2014-02-18 17:24:43

Here comes the Galaxy of Stars. ... watch them shine.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-02-18 17:25:00

Meyiwa reclaim his rightful position.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-02-18 17:26:02

My point exactly.

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