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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...

Anonymous
posted: 09:27 am
pirates failed 2 put themselves in a gud position, by virtue of a draw ekapa, they alwayz strugle when plyin without the rude boy, & ill mannered jali in d midle, so 2 d ghost hard luck(u couldn't make it durin ur time zone 'night' asazi emini uzo yenzanjani).
xuma
posted: 10:37 am
Thnk its tym 4 mayambela, chansa nd ndulula 2 take stand, dose useles cows cold klate nd ntsumayelo r costing us, hw cn dis guy stick wif da drawng combination 4 so lng? M gona b burried black nd white
xuma
posted: 10:38 am
Thnk its tym 4 mayambela, chansa nd ndulula 2 take stand, dose useles cows cold klate nd ntsumayelo r costing us, hw cn dis guy stick wif da drawng combination 4 so lng? M gona b burried black nd white
xuma
posted: 10:39 am
Thnk its tym 4 mayambela, chansa nd ndulula 2 take stand, dose useles cows cold klate nd ntsumayelo r costing us, hw cn dis guy stick wif da drawng combination 4 so lng? M gona b burried black nd white
xuma
posted: 10:39 am
Thnk its tym 4 mayambela, chansa nd ndulula 2 take stand, dose useles cows cold klate nd ntsumayelo r costing us, hw cn dis guy stick wif da drawng combination 4 so lng? M gona b burried black nd white
xuma
posted: 10:40 am
Thnk its tym 4 mayambela, chansa nd ndulula 2 take stand, dose useles cows cold klate nd ntsumayelo r costing us, hw cn dis guy stick wif da drawng combination 4 so lng? M gona b burried black nd white
xuma
posted: 10:40 am
Thnk its tym 4 mayambela, chansa nd ndulula 2 take stand, dose useles cows cold klate nd ntsumayelo r costing us, hw cn dis guy stick wif da drawng combination 4 so lng? M gona b burried black nd white
xuma
posted: 10:40 am
Thnk its tym 4 mayambela, chansa nd ndulula 2 take stand, dose useles cows cold klate nd ntsumayelo r costing us, hw cn dis guy stick wif da drawng combination 4 so lng? M gona b burried black nd white
Anonymous
posted: 12:05 pm
Speedy recovery boy. Now this rats players must stop using black magic against each other. I mean special projects.I know is hard sitting on the bench,but trying to injure one another.... Hai bo.we know that the Ghananian national team coach made a claim that players r bewitching each other for places in the team.rats players we know U r capable of doing the worst eg the okappie ect ect but this has gone too far
Liguluvhe
posted: 12:49 pm
Blacksem that Njenje!!! Other teams have to play for us now! #3 draws in row?

Up the Bucs!!!!
Loverboy!!
posted: 12:52 pm
Klaite and Njenje gave away 6points so far.De question is why Klaite is still on field despite his poor performance.He lost position at crucial stage and that Maluleka boy was marvel to watch in absent of Jali.Njenje pls play Chansa/Iniesta combo in midfield tuu,give Mbuyane more chance,advice Ngubo to be alert in centre back.

The team nextdoor is consistant with loosing streak,while kaboYellow are fameous with loose/draw
Anonymous
posted: 02:07 pm
If SSU beats Chiefs 2day of which they can do,they'll lift the trophy,when each team are struggling at the end of the league,they've always won their last 5 matches or collected max,check last 4 season.Ba botlhe ba Tshogile,Not forgetting Swallows who got the invitation yesterday from OPFC.
Anonymous
posted: 02:18 pm
Brilliant,at least we drew & r now 3 pts ahead
Mphomakhura
posted: 08:51 am
heheheeheehe palacioudraw
Ma-Eddie
posted: 10:49 am
I'm losing hope in my team Bucs, we had a clear chance to open the gap, this past 3 games were not impossible for us to win. Mr. Palacius, we need Chansa's experience in the Midfield, please give him a chance. Use Drogba ahead of Benni (to rest) and let him come in as an impact player..Honestly sundowns deserves to win this league, our guys lack dat killer instinct..But I will remain Bhakabhaka wayawaya
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