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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...

king caravan
posted: 2014-02-18 18:51:38

Is this the team that was once crowned treble champs whoooweeee mcathy walked away with your luck

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 18:55:47

First shot on target by Manyisa.....it took 66 minutes to come!

Bashin
posted: 2014-02-18 19:00:18

WTF is Tinkler smoking... Klate is just no where in the match and what will Malongoane offer heh?

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-18 19:01:35

Tlou and Mabena would have done better than what I am seeing here

Bashin
posted: 2014-02-18 19:04:34

Way Better this display is just frustrating and Tinkler is not making it any Better...

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 19:06:11

Bashin  Aagh come on, it's getting better now! i smell a ratty goal!

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-02-18 19:14:10

Is there a particular reason for fatau Cowuda's exclusion?

You must leave this mediocre club if you have any ambitions of playing for ghana in the world cup. Favouritism at its best.

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 19:19:31

Fumigator  Khosi, a re ditlogele di gole mmogo! re tla di bona motlhang wa kotulo!Let's not get involved in the rodent issues...least we inherit their luck...a very bad one at that!

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 19:22:32

Draw.............Goalless!

Bashin
posted: 2014-02-18 19:23:44

Still smelling it?

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 19:23:53

Let's watch them on the next one....I hope they hold Somedowns or even beat them!


we did it previously for them when we beat Ajax mos!

PhiweKhoza
posted: 2014-02-18 19:23:57

But Mabena is a kit manager now and his assistant is Mbesuma.

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-02-18 19:23:58

Kermit Erasmus. ..This grass eating dwarf cannot be compared to Musona...

Why is he called Ageuro if I may ask?

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 19:24:31

Bashin  Yeah, a Dead Rat! kwaaa kwaa kwaa!

Fiendish Dr Wu
posted: 2014-02-18 19:24:35

Ewu!

Mosixty
posted: 2014-02-18 19:25:56

LLD 

Longaneng
posted: 2014-02-18 19:26:00

The Phefeni Boy®™  Khosi, how about we support them on 25th against Sundowns? 

lubabalo
posted: 2014-02-18 19:26:41

Kwenze njani kwigames in hand?

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-02-18 19:27:19

U still surprised Khosi? Today I was told by GFB that there's Ronaldo as well.

Inkomo
posted: 2014-02-18 19:27:26

Masters of Ball possession and games in hand.

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