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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...

2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:48 pm
"If we win against Santos we'll be on top of the log"

Come on guys, Pirates might have drawn the game BUT they are still leading the pack by 3 points. We're talking about POINTS IN HAND not GAME IN HAND.
Hola Ndodemnyama.
posted: 10:49 pm
Kusekuncane loku, iseta i supersport ne celtics. No league 4 da ghosts, dey cn return 2 their graves. Dankie ajax, ur lekker ding.
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:49 pm
@Baroka fc

No need to press the panic buttons,we have points in the bag while others are still have to fight for them.
Baroka,Baroka,Baroka weee,re lahlegetšwe ke dinhla tše tshela(6) go dipapadi tše tharo(3) tše di fetilego.O nagana gore re tla go beša wa tuka monna?


posted: 10:50 pm
If piedrw win thr lig i wil gv away my daughter 2 cowsa 4 free sunflp kil santos on sundy nd b on top again we wil donate u anthr 3 points on wendy we wnt d sme mistake by gvng rats thr lig lst seasn we tird of dis stpid loud mths team fans hu thnk dy ar thr useles team is thr bst by wining games by pure luk hlp 4rm ref nd fluke khosi until cowsa xpt dt rats wnt gt thr second star
posted: 10:52 pm
Atteridgeville is a place to celebrate Masandawans.

Thanx Ajax

Rats are crying

CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:53 pm
Eiš,n no one wil stop Sunflops rite now...not even the animalz from Nyatunyera Zoological Gardenz.

posted: 10:55 pm
Draw specialists
posted: 10:55 pm
Palacios won't win league and Belly won't be a leading goalscore in our league.Rantie n Maklabishi combination it was a short period i think palacios need to come out with a new combination if he want to stay on top and win league title
posted: 10:56 pm
We are still on top of the log & the chasing pack will have to sweat out for points to catch up with us.No guarantees that they 'll bag those points, lets wait & see.
Ndoda Emnyama
posted: 11:02 pm
It was always going to be difficult to play in such water logged pitch in Cape Town, this has resulted in injuries and too many yellow cards, nevertheless we should not give up and must fight till the end,

The remaining games are tough to everyone, i wonder if game in hand means 3 points guaranteed na?
im so worried that we do not score anymore and by not scoring you cannot win at all. I haven't gave up yet until the Fat lady sings.

My old statement still remain : 3 Big Teams will fire their coaches and for the 1st time an interim coach will win the League.

Up the bucs
posted: 11:02 pm
ay mabhakabhaka ningaphel amandla siyaywina lendebe sunflowes wl loose since bucs draw loose specialsts dawana lol
posted: 11:03 pm
What type of a President r u man? U don't want 2 accept de result of election u r like Mgabe of Zim. Pirates draw not bcoz of waterlogged but bcoz f de stupit coach who left Chasa on de bench.
posted: 11:06 pm
Let them celebrate our draws but it is good that we are not losing.Those single points that we are collecting will prove vital at the end of the season.
posted: 11:10 pm

3 draws .DDD = dididi. Lol dat a killer dawane.


Hambani ke niyogibela iy'mfene nemishanelo nithakathana ne-sundowns bosdididi. Lokhu okuwu-King kuhamba kuqamba amanga kuthi kuthenge i-Range Rover kusho imfene "ikhwelantaba" lol.

As I said on wed, a bhakaniya home will be a house of pain and smelly underwears.

@baroka fc

Minca at yo own risk, sizozwa sekunuka amasimba lol
posted: 11:16 pm
Title chase will be tough for everyone involved so our draws are not serving as an advantage to anyone 'cause those draws never convert to points 4 chasing pack.
posted: 11:19 pm
The lig is wide open, let's all relax. Kusazodlalwa la.
posted: 11:22 pm
Why this coach leaves ISAAC CHANSA?
posted: 11:24 pm
@brazilitto I'll keep the faith 'cause I know that the league will be won by points, something that we have,not on sentiment
posted: 11:24 pm
Why Isaac Chansa. Our coach?
posted: 11:26 pm
Nipson if u say its a reapet of last week Wednesday and Satturday, the expect a repeat with your team and the rest. BUCS CONQUER SURRENDER NOT
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