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Premier Soccer League match report Orlando Pirates 2-1 Ajax Cape Town

Posted: 27 January 2014 Time: 19:01

Orlando Pirates recorded their first victory of the year with a 2-1 defeat of Ajax Cape Town in the Premiership on Monday night.

Bucs, who picked up a point from their previous two outings, claimed the full share of the spoils via goals either side of the break from Khethowakhe Masuku and Thabo Matlaba at Orlando Stadium.

Granwald Scott pulled one back for the Urban Warriors, who were playing their first match under interim boss Ian Taylor following Muhsin Ertugral's departure from Ikamva last week.

The result saw the clubs swap spots in the standings, with Pirates now eighth on the table with 20 points from 11 games - one point ahead of ninth-placed Ajax. 

The first half was a lacklustre affair, desperately short of goal-mouth action, as Pirates monopolised possession but battled to breach a stubborn Ajax outfit. 

The visitors, though, offered very little going forward, prompting Taylor to replace Thato Mokeke, who was operating in midfield, with Toriq Losper barely 27 minutes in.

The Sea Robbers were largely restricted to shooting from range, as Man of the Match Lehlogonolo Masalesa, new signing Helder Pelembe and Thandani Ntshumayelo drew saves from Anssi Jaakkola with useful efforts.

The hosts, however, broke the deadlock in the 35th minute through Masuku, who scored with an attempted cross from the right which caught the typically alert Jaakkola by surprise. 

Masuku's fortuitous strike triggered the heavens to open, with the rest of the stanza contested in heavy rain.

Both sides showed a greater intensity after the interval as hefty tackles were traded in midfield, particularly by the chasing Urban Warriors.

But Ajax were knocked back in the 56th minute, when Matlaba delicately curled the ball home from just inside the area following a neat exchange with Aubrey Ngoma.

Roger de Sa's men were in relative comfort for much of the second period, until Scott struck in the 71st minute. The former Ajax skipper volleyed the ball in on the turn after Pirates failed to deal with a long throw in to the box.

Taylor's charges gamely went in search of an equaliser, with Tasreeq Morris inspiring a sharp save late on by Senzo Meyiwa, but Bucs held their nerve to get the result.

Livefyre comments on this story...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 17:44:49

No Service for Phelembe

Kilokilo2
posted: 2014-01-27 17:44:59

Hope RDS knows what he is doing....too lose is not an option...Ajax is also dead as us.But we have to put 2beautiful babies past their keeper.

ONCE N ALWAYS......

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 17:47:31

He knows that if he loses today...Ertugal is taking over the team...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 17:48:39

Can someone tell me if Bibo is really deserving of first 11...his is off form

qudeni
posted: 2014-01-27 17:49:18

Kubi Pelembe has just joined them mamposa at deep end kubi let's pray for them

Nietszche
posted: 2014-01-27 17:51:46

I am watching pirates. So far pirates is playing very well but even a blind man can see pirates is not interested in scoring. May be when it shameful to miss.

So far team plays against roger.

Nietszche
posted: 2014-01-27 17:56:31

Live comentary:

24 minutes Pirates more ball possession than Ajax but Ajax will score first

TikaTeka - 007
posted: 2014-01-27 18:03:45

My biggest worry is we don't seem to have a plan when we possessing the ball. Million touches, but are taking us no where. Only Manyisa has a going forward mentality when he has the ball. RDS has to take a blame on this one. Pelembe is probably chatting on his phone in front, he's having an off day and we cant blame him.

Nietszche
posted: 2014-01-27 18:04:52

Live commentary

27 minutes Ajax first substitute. U can believe it's pirates because of the jersey but they don't look like on

30 minutes: pirates is playing (sic) bayadlala nje (isizulu) Pelembe had a real shot on target.

Nietszche
posted: 2014-01-27 18:09:14

Masuku has scored. Teammates are disappointed with him. I wonder if they will pass him a ball.

Biggymann
posted: 2014-01-27 18:13:19

I'm calling off this game now. Let me call the match commissioner now from my 3310 that has 0.95cents worth of airtime, nah, I'm sending him a callback. (Hiccup)

Bhakaniyaforlife
posted: 2014-01-27 18:16:37

Update mabhakaniya! Im not watching. Whats the score.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 18:20:26

No service for pheleembe

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 18:22:47

Why r u not watching....are u watching generations...clearly ur woman controls a remote controler...next time check live score on soccerladuma ....

Bucs 1-0 Masuku scored

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 18:25:04

Live update fool

Bennito17
posted: 2014-01-27 18:30:48

@Bongz # Bucs Etugral will destroy Pirates. we need someone to build from stretch like what Krol did. some like that guy who polished Serero

Fantastic Rhino
posted: 2014-01-27 18:31:48

Masuku he want to Safe Roger Di Sa Job! Lets wait for Second Half of the Rain. Love & Peace. 

champ enigma
posted: 2014-01-27 18:32:16

Those players are crazy, mmmm i lyk it for RDS. After this Pierats faithfools will be happy. Eish i am really enjoying street footbal. Headless chickens vs headless chickens. A lot of running. I wont be suprised if one player faints.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 18:34:15

Poppe de haan....he is too old might not want to take the job

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-27 18:35:17

c"mon ajax

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