AJAX, PIRATES SHARE SPOILS
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Orlando Pirates could have gobbled a late winner against Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday, but credit goes to Thulani Hlatshwayo’s brilliant defending as he cleared Daine Klate’s strike off the goal line.
Pirates went to Athlone Stadium to undo the wrongs as they suffered defeats in their last two games against Mamelodi Sundowns and the rejuvenated Polokwane City.
The Urban Warriors were no different to Bucs as they also sustained a 3-2 battering to Sundowns over the weekend.
In the first stanza, both sides struggled in attack but the home side had better chances despite being outsmarted on the ball.
Nathan Paulse had a chance to put his side ahead in the 11th minute but Meyiwa dived to the right to deny him a goal.
Ajax could have opened the scoring sheet in the 24th minute as Paulse struck a powerful header which forced Meyiwa to make a save.
Klate’s 12-yard header went over the crossbar after he received a cross from Khethokwakhe Masuku on the right wing.
In the second half, Pirates continued put to pressure on Ajax’s defence but their final touches were not up to standard.
It was a disappointing encounter for Bucs as they failed to hit target in the hour mark. They finally found their first attempt on target on the 68th minute as substitute Herald Pelembe forced Anssi Jaakkola to make a save.
Goalless is how it finished.
Meanwhile there are three Absa Premiership matches taking place on Wednesday.
Log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs will look to stretch their lead at the summit when they welcome Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB stadium.
Supersport United are making their way to Dobsonville to visit Moroka Swallows while Mpumalanga Black Aces entertain AmaZulu in Mbombela.