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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...

posted: 2014-01-28 07:15:48

PhendulaSikhakhane Dauda is th same player as Meyiwa "Short n Can't deal with crosses" i prefer Brighton Mhlongo th the two goalkeepers at Pirates. 

posted: 2014-01-28 07:19:09

@Bongz # Bucs I agree with U, I don't know wat Pirates saw in Malongoane, Makhanya was way better than this Malongoane, Ngoma needs to pass n make crosses early or else he will be a bench warmer if he hold to the ball for a long time.

posted: 2014-01-28 07:24:56

Mrango Sho Mrango, I was also looking forward to that combination, but as things looks, its as if he will use 1 for the other,,, Ace must move back in the middle of the park...

Also want to see Joseph Molangoane playing more, as he looks set to take the opportunity with both hands.... even before Ngoma..

** Mrango **
posted: 2014-01-28 07:29:29

Ta' Liwoza (The Ghost) Mrango ....its was gud for RDS to rest DK7...MAjoro wont play if RDS continue playing one striker like this.

yellow machine
posted: 2014-01-28 08:12:19

I'm loosing respect for this team in every game they are playing these days, I'm meeting them on 08 nd 25 of Febr I dnt c them beating us

deleted_25432963_053 K4L NC
posted: 2014-01-28 10:05:03

As a doctor would say, its a good result but the patient is still critical but stable.

posted: 2014-01-28 20:16:46

matlaba is pure class....best left back in mzansi..

posted: 2014-01-29 01:28:12

GhostRiyder Impofana Bucs4eva This is some seriously bad writing! Shocking really!! Try to improve Ntate cos we're interestedin what u have to say. Punctuation is key Baba.

Up the Bucs! Viva Mzansi Football!

posted: 2014-01-30 03:18:57

Unfortunately I'm not a rat sapota

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