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Posted: 21 November 2009 Time: 22:23

Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town 3-0 in an Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

The goals were scored by Katlego Mashego, Phenyo Mongala and Rooi Mahamutsa.

It is Ajax’s second heavy defeat at the Soweto venue in less than a month, as they were hammered 6-0 by Golden Arrows in the MTN8 Cup Final in late October.

Ajax started the game on the front foot, pressuring Pirates with an aggressive and fast-paced approach.

However, the Buccaneers gradually worked their way into the ascendancy, finding particular joy down Ajax’s left where Clayton Daniels was playing out of position at left-back due to the absence of both Brett Evans and Aiden Jenniker.

On 28 minutes Pirates took the lead. After picking up the second ball from a corner kick, the Soweto side worked the ball to Katlego Mashego near the edge of the penalty area. The striker turned and hit a stunning low drive that nestled in the bottom corner, giving Hans Vonk no chance.

The Soweto giants started the second half strongly and doubled their advantage in the 53rd minute, with former University of Pretoria winger Phenyo Mongala playing a neat one-two with Lucky Lekgwathi before beating Vonk with a sharp, low shot.

Pirates continued to dominate and it seemed a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ they would add to their lead. With 20 minutes to go they were gifted the chance by Ajax right-back Nazeer Allie, who handled the ball in his own 18-yard area under pressure from Mongala.

Defender Rooi Mahamutsa dispatched the spot kick into the top corner, making it 3-0 and wrapping up the points for the Buccaneers.

Mashego could have put the cherry on top deep into injury time when he got beyond the Ajax rearguard, but the striker clipped the crossbar with his effort from a tight angle.

Previous comments on this story...

Don Archie
posted: 10:32 am
hehehehe Mr Editor, we won with 10 men, we must have been on fire.
Red Warrior
posted: 10:43 am
The conduct of the referee in this game is the kind of thing that Ace Ncobo was talking about and fighting against!

On the surface it would seem that everything was above board and no controversial goals were scored, but let's look closer and you'll see why its obvious that this ref received a huge bonus for this game!

On more than one occasion Ajax was supposed to be awarded a corner. They did not get it! Why? Because the referee decided that it was not absolutely clear that a Pirates player was the last to touch the ball, so no go Ajax, no corner for you!

A corner is a set piece, a goal scoring opportunity. If you take as many as you can away from a team their chances of scoring is less!

When an Ajax attacking player was hacked down after he put the ball past a Bucs defender, he was rightly awarded a free kick, but no yellow card was shown to the defender! He should have got a yellow card. That would have meant that he could no longer go in at one hundred percent and that would be to the advantage of Ajax. That is how the game works, you carver out your own advantages, corners, set pieces and thus your own scoring opportunities!

Let's talk about the penalty that was awarded to Pirates. Yes, the ball touched the hand of an Ajax defender and the ref rightly awarded the penalty. BUT! Had this same incident happened in the Pirates penalty area he would have undoubtedly waved play on! It would have been deemed a "ball to hand" incident and therefore would not have been awarded!

So, you see, the ref walks away with a fat bonus. He didn't do anything illegal, everything was above board, legal, but cowardly one-sided!

So much for your clean win!
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