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Ajax and Pirates fire blanks

Posted: 18 February 2014 Time: 18:52

Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates played to a 0-0 draw in their Absa Premiership match at Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Bucs goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa did brilliantly to keep the home team at bay, while Eric Tinkler’s side struggled to really test the Ajax goalkeeper.

Both Ajax and Pirates came into the game looking to undo the wrongs which saw them both suffer defeats in their league games on the weekend.

Pirates fell to a 1-0 defeat to Polokwane City, while the Urban Warriors, who were without skipper Dominic Isaacs at Athlone Stadium, had sustained a 3-2 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The first important save on the evening came in the ninth minute when Senzo Meyiwa rushed off his line. Keagan Dolly supplied a dangerous ball into the box and it forced the Pirates man to run off his line and beat the onrushing Nathan Paulse to the ball.

Ajax were exposing Pirates on the right flank through the use of Cecil Lolo and Abbubaker Mobara, and it was the latter’s cross four minutes later which forced Lucky Lekgwathi to make a crucial interception in the box.

It could have been 1-0 to the home side in the 24th minute. Paulse struck a powerful glancing header, which forced Meyiwa to pluck it and drop to the ground. It was a great effort not to let the ball cross the line.

The first attempt at goal that didn’t hit the target for Ajax arrived ten minutes later when Thamsanqa Sangweni failed to make use of the attempt.

Khethowakhe Masuku then spotted Daine Klate bursting in at the far post, but his long cross into the box agonisingly failed to find Klate.

Pirates were the ones to come out with more energy and vigour at the restart and it was Thabo Matlaba’s snapshot which saw Anssi Jaakkola scramble for the ball as it took a deflection en-route to the near post.

Pirates had gone a whole hour without hitting the target once but when they finally did it was Helder Pelembe who forced Jaakkola to be aware with his long-range shot.

In the closing stages of the game Ajax were throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, to get the match-winning strike and it was Telinho who put an effort wide of the near post.

However, it was the Buccaneers who came the closest to scoring five minutes from time when Hlatshwayo pulled off an exceptional overhead defensive clearance to deny Klate the goal.

Livefyre comments on this story...

mzalwane
posted: 2014-02-18 17:29:08

Ngase ityiwe le team

SencoPation
posted: 2014-02-18 17:29:42

Glamour Boy ... yini ngathi ni confused....yini ngathi ni dizzy? *singing*

sbura da ghost
posted: 2014-02-18 17:33:08

Dis 2 dogs in charge of my team thre is smthing wrong in their minds

sbura da ghost
posted: 2014-02-18 17:36:34

I dnt know y they play this useless kelly meyiwa

mzalwane
posted: 2014-02-18 17:39:42

Ngase ityiwe le team yeehands

Mbongz
posted: 2014-02-18 17:42:36

AJAX will beat a hell out of these rats, akunabantu lana. Badliwa Engathi abomahosha. K4L. What happened to CowDauda???

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-02-18 17:43:27

But Chiefs fans are genuine football lovers, they don't care which teams play or where in the country u will always see chiefs fans at the stadium supporting the beautiful game. Big up Khosi faithful

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-18 17:44:30

I see Meyiwa is back....paulse is gonna have agood time....

That fat GK coach is behind Meyiwa...VV must remove him

msxl86
posted: 2014-02-18 17:54:12

Our midfield is not doing anything.

Qatarak
posted: 2014-02-18 18:01:29

Heish that's a terrible line up. Sfiso ?? What wrong did Pelembe do. You field a guy for the first time. He gets you a goal and you win a game. The next instance you bench him. Why not play the guy so that he gets confidence. Sifiso and Kemit have been there done nothing much

The_Mdu
posted: 2014-02-18 18:11:50

I see the Khumalos (Rats fans) are at it again, complaining about the line-up..

seems everybody wants a WWWWWWWWW nowadays.. Hahaha

gotze
posted: 2014-02-18 18:24:57

Nathan paulse

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-18 18:31:27

We playing kak...45 minutes no shots on target....we gonna miss RDS...

Monatefontein
posted: 2014-02-18 18:33:25

No shots on target from de Rats,hw do they xpct to win,I sense a draw here

KaboYellow4lyf
posted: 2014-02-18 18:34:12

Lol...lol Meyiwa is back again? Come 25th Kekana will show u again babab

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 18:45:18

A game and a half without a shot on goal? are you kidding me?????????

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-02-18 18:48:39

Midfielders playing for fun here, I see rats doing "look away" passes like they winning heheeee

PhiweKhoza
posted: 2014-02-18 18:49:01

Erasmus is still a COW.

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 18:49:50

T-Man wa leKhosi  Rodent mentality at its best i tell you! 

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 18:51:22

PhiweKhoza  so he was substituted without any shot on target after an hour's play? daamn, this guy is on another level hey! kwaaks!

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