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23/04/2008 19:30

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...

Anonymous
posted: 09:49 am
Ajax had a game plan because they know what we did to them in the past ,they had sharpen their swords because they were meeting up with the sowe2 giants .mabhakabhaka don't worry , it is not our time however i know by the end of the season we will be in a better position .As long as chiefs is below us , i am happy and I know they will never ever beat Santos , with who if I may ask , because all their players are down and out , actually it will be santos versus Khune,that boy has saved chiefs big time .
Anonymous
posted: 10:05 am
Shashi my team is Kaizer Chiefs, like Pierats they have been blowing hot & cold but I am not the one to commend poor perfomance.Failure is failure period!!! it doesn't matter how U tried or how hard U tried. Look at Black Leopards, they play well but like Pierats they have nothing to show, instead they are already relegated.
Anonymous
posted: 10:16 am
ja ne,re tla segwa le ke ditlaela because of the way we are dropping points.mr coach im sure you too can see that we also need to utilise the likes of shakira for us to compete with strong teams like ajax.bana bao ba lokile fela ga ba hlakane le ba bagolo.otherwise we wil finish on position 10,which is unacceptable at Pirates.
Anonymous
posted: 10:58 am
A few of the yellow cards were questionable. Some fans on this blog are driven by emotion and attachment to their teams and write blatant crap here. I was at Athlone and it would have been a mockery to the game had the Pirates goal been allowed to stand. Walaza came from an offside position where he was definitely interfering with play when he scored that goal. Instead of complementing the official for a good decision,the Pirates fans are going on about poor referring. Surely you don't need the refs to win games for you , do you?? Next time let your players score more game winning goals compared to your so called dubious officiating decisions in matches . Then maybe Pirates might win the league
Anonymous
posted: 11:34 am
OK guys after carefully considering the facts that the referee robbed u then we decided to consider that goal. The score is now 2-1 in favour of Ajax Cape Town.
Anonymous
posted: 12:28 pm
this is painful,HE MABHAKABHAKA KHE NZE JANI.
Anonymous
posted: 02:49 pm
This league race is getting more tougher.The race is between Ajax and Supersport. Pirates must just prepare for next season, period.
Anonymous
posted: 11:48 am
i personally see pirates staying in top8 not winning the league. this league belongs to cape town NO soweto giants this time; mayb next four years. halala cape town halala!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 03:31 pm
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Anonymous
posted: 08:36 pm
Please coach we need to see Kamwendo,the management are not interfearing,they just concern about this boy like everybody else, mkhwanazi can not even play better to Mudabi, please we need Kamwendo,Teko,Mokoena everyday
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