Pirates Edge Ajax

Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town 2-1 at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night in an entertaining Absa Premiership encounter.  The two PSL strugglers locked horns with three points at stake.  For Roger De Sa it was a chance to scoop his first win over his former employers on their home turf.  

The Buccaneers started the match like a house on fire, dominating proceedings and trying to bulldoze their way to the lead.  Seven minutes into the match Nathan Paulse suffered an injury and was replaced by Prince Nxumalo.  Things went from bad to worse for the Urban Warriors, as in the 20th minute Anssi Jaakkola failed to deal with a simple pass from Rivaldo Coetzee thus handing Pirates the lead.

The Sea Robbers were dealt a blow of their own in the 29th minute when Thabo Qalinge suffered an injured that forced him to be replaced by Mpho Makola.  In the 39th minute, Makola went one-on-one with the keeper but the former Free State Stars man miscued his attempt when scoring seemed like the only option.  Jaakkola made a great double save in the latter stages of the half to ensure his side head to the tunnel only trailing by a single goal.

Two minutes into the second stanza, Thamsanqa Gabuza made a great run on the left flank to set up Sfiso Myeni who made no mistake from close range.  The two sides took their feet off the pedal somewhat after that.  However the visitors had some glimpse of hope behind enemy lines.

In the 64th minute, Nxumalo pulled one back for his side to make it 2-1 following a defensive error by Edwin Gymah.  Ajax continued to pile more pressure onto the Bucs defense as they looked to seal their comeback.  The best chance of the match for De Sa’s charges fell for Nxumalo in the 87th minute when he headed his attempt against the crossbar.

Try as their did, there was no denying Ezikamagebhula their fifth win of the league season.

Photo credit: Nick Lourens