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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 18:43:41

This is soooooboring Pirates, why not try push for the second goal...instead we trying to defend one goal...gone are the days of pirates fowarrd with intent...Bibo is off...but coach is watching a different game....beautiful goal by Matlaba

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 18:57:18

Meyiwa just can't deal with set pieces

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 18:58:42

Matlaba is next to go overseas if Iron Duke is willing to release him....

Set pieces again Meyiwa concedes

Captain Blackbeard
posted: 2014-01-27 18:59:49

Same headless chickens that whooped zebra arse this season. Stop commenting just for the sake of it.

1Motsetsi
posted: 2014-01-27 19:00:13

Pirates is playing like team from 3rd division. Nothing exciting about their play. Ajax has just scored. Poor trapping n decision from this players. It is depressing to watch this team. I c another draw here.

1Motsetsi
posted: 2014-01-27 19:03:30

LL14 is finish n as for AQ2.... the less said about the back of Pirates the better

SencoPation
posted: 2014-01-27 19:03:38

who scored our second goal?

Captain Blackbeard
posted: 2014-01-27 19:04:27

When's the last time we actually kept a clean sheet. We need reinforcements in CB position a.s.a.p, and we need to see a different dimension between the posts cause Senzo is clearly not cutting it.

ladlamini183
posted: 2014-01-27 19:14:06

Klate never complete a game without falling!!!

The sky is a limit
posted: 2014-01-27 19:20:11

Who r all these no name players that Pirates is playing.

ladlamini183
posted: 2014-01-27 19:22:18

They said they have depth, but I do not see it.

khosivic
posted: 2014-01-27 19:22:42

De Sa's job is safe for now, good news

DIZAH
posted: 2014-01-27 19:22:45

I f we want to be strong contenders for this league, we need to deal with Senzo seriously I saw his areal save from the corner the guy palm the ball to opponent. The goal we conceded, I sense he could force himself to do better. This thing of RDS playing one striker hayi nxa, the player becomes invisible he is always clouded by two defenders and he can't force himself forward he can only do back passes. RDS I'm not convinced u can take us far. Viera played well as always

Once and Always

K bhaka
posted: 2014-01-27 19:24:22

Baphi

PhiweKhoza
posted: 2014-01-27 19:25:26

Ziwinile azijabule, akuhlukene nokuthi nisaphotha iThanda Zulu Royal.

BUCS1937
posted: 2014-01-27 19:25:28

Ba kae Bana ba BALOYI?

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-01-27 19:25:55

Viera Man of the match....am not sure...

Phelembe looks good but no service....Bibo and Manyisa look off form....can we not try Viera Makola and Klate Myeni winga, Phelembe, Erasmus upfront...

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2014-01-27 19:25:56

We hammer teams wit coaches eg Amazulu....they EDGE out teams with coaches...

We really hav no competition here in S.A....

We shud b deported

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2014-01-27 19:29:34

Oban? Thina? Dude u aint on our level, we champs, we just won Q2 while u still gasping for some O2

Fantastic Rhino
posted: 2014-01-27 19:30:36

Baphi Abobani? SuperSport is gone with 3 Points and Amazulu with Four Points. Love & Peace.  

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