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Posted: 9 August 2009 Time: 17:40

A second-half header from midfielder Benson Mhlongo gave Orlando Pirates a 1-0 Absa Premiership victory over Ajax Cape Town at Newlands Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The match was an entertaining encounter between two sides, who both like to play attacking football, and both had excellent chances to add to the score-line. But Pirates will be delighted with the three points that get their Premiership campaign off to the perfect start.

Ajax missed an open goal inside the first three minutes when Diyo Sibisi’s enterprise down the right provided an inch-perfect cross for Thulani Serero, but the youngster got the ball caught under his feet from four yards when he needed just supply a simple tap-in finish.

Mhlongo had the first real effort on goal for Pirates with 15 minutes left in the first half when he was found in acres of space at the back post by a Katlego Mashego free-kick. The big man could not keep his half-volleyed shot on target though and Ajax goalkeeper Hans Vonk was able to shepherd the ball wide.

Dipsy Selolwane fired wide after he was found on the edge of the area from the corner, while at the other end Teko Modise over-hit his cross to the back post when he might have rather taken on the shot.

Mhlongo then volleyed over from the centre of the penalty-area when he should have at least hit the target as Pirates finally began to assert some pressure in the final third.

And they should have had the lead on 37 minutes when Mashego’s brilliant run and cross from the left was headed wide by Siphelele Mthembu with just Vonk to beat.

Sibisi showed good trickery in the box to work a shooting chance for himself, but Moeneeb Josephs was up for the challenge and blocked the goal-bound effort.

But Pirates had the lead in the 49th minute when Dikgang Mabalane’s cross was headed home by an unmarked Mhlongo, leaving Vonk with no chance.

Andile Jali then tested Vonk once more with a low drive after good work from Mabalane and Modise, but the home goalkeeper was up to the challenge.

Ajax made a triple change on 58 minutes, with Cole Alexander, Sifiso Vilakazi and Lance Davids replacing Clifford Ngobeni, Sameehg Doutie and Serero respectively.

Mthembu was let down by his first touch when in a great position to make it 2-0 after more excellent work from Mabalane, while Vilakazi headed wide with his first touch of the ball.

Hlatshwayo should have equalised for the Urban Warriors when he found himself with a free header at the back post from Franklin Cale’s corner, but missed the target altogether.

Ajax were denied a penalty in the 83rd minute when Cale appeared to be shoved in he penalty-area, but referee Daniel Bennett waved play-on.

But Mashego should have wrapped up the points late on when he was expertly found by Modise six-yards out with just the keeper to beat, but his heavy touched only guided the ball into the hands of a relieved Vonk.

Ferreira might have made him pay but put his header from a corner wide, while Josephs then produced an excellent save to deny Davids from all of 30-yards.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:19 pm
atleats we tryd 2day nt lyk last game rooi u the man keep tht fighting spirit yo callup is cuming watch the space n u lucas Thwala u ar op sthrenght t the back keep it up . Ezimnyama
posted: 07:40 pm
Khuluma phela Mzoe. Am I still having big mouth.
posted: 07:45 pm
Kudzala ngimemeta ngitsi matsambo hlanganani. Namhla ahlangene eKappa loduma. Shapa Mabhakaniya shapa
posted: 07:50 pm
Pirates is a special team in Mzansi calender. We gave Madiba a Birth day present by beating M City. 2day we beat Ajax 4 all woman of Mzansi . VIVA MABHAKANIYA VIVA.
posted: 10:46 pm
Phinda Mzala Bhakaniya oKwenze ku Kaizar Chiefs ukwenzile uku Ajax
posted: 12:04 am
IBhakabhaka isazobashaya ayikacali check on Wednesday.Sorry Chiefs no penalities on Santos its point system.To all kick off lovers bassop Pirates izokushaya.
posted: 04:22 am
Patril uyshaya khona mfana. Iskhatsi sama friendly games sphelile. Sthatha amaphuzo kuphela. Hayi iCHIEFS. They r 40 for nothing. All Khosi strickers are place holder.
posted: 10:20 am
mashego... ds guy lost us da cup match by not finishing the game and then again he goes and do the same thing again in the league game. ds guy is going to cost us some crusial points im really scared for us.
posted: 11:35 am
Wel dne guys!
posted: 12:06 pm
A great team is the one that wins the game. I am happy you guys know that you had to kill off the game in 90 minutes as there are no penalties in the league. Tshaba bogale bo botlang. Happy people 4 life.

posted: 03:30 pm
gud footbal but not enough goals,but with tim things w'll b o.right.UP THE BUCS.
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