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  • 27 January 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: K. Qongqo
  • • Attendance: 3000

Live Commentary

  • It was an absolute pleasure bringing you the LIVE Commentary of this clash, I am Ernest Makhaya, and until we meet again next time, good night.
  • This victory also sees Pirates climbing into the top eight for the first time this season, and on course for that Q1 prize money.
  • Pirates register their first win of the year, and ease the pressure off Roger de Sa who has now collected four points from a possible nine.
  • 90' + 3'
    Pirates keeping possession, and the referee blows to bring this game to an end.
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Aidan Jenniker
  • 90' + 1'
    Ajax in the attack, but Pirates stand firm and clear their lines.
  • 90'
    SubstitutionPelembe Kermit Erasmus
  • 90'
    Three minutes added on, as Erasmus comes on for Helder Pelembe.
  • 89'
    Senzo Meyiwa taking his time, as he benefits from Ajax's failed attack.
  • 87'
    Yellow Card Happy Jele
  • 87'
    Pirates vice-captain Happy Jele getting himself booked for time wasting. This shouldn't be happening at this level. I am totally against it.
  • 85'
    Pirates keeping their opponents in their own half, winning a couple of corner-kicks, but Ajax deals with those calmly.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionKhethowakhe Masuku Daine Klate
  • 83'
    Opportunity wasted from the corner-kick. Ajax have less than 10 minutes to get the equaliser here.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionGranwald Warren Scott Bantu Mzwakali
  • 81'
    Another chance for Ajax, but Meyiwa comes out tops and punches Losper's shot away for a corner!!
  • 79'
    Jele gets some space on the right hand side, but he goes for glory as his shot sails over the bar when he should have played it to his teammates in the box.
  • 77'
    Nothing comes out of that free-kick, as Pirates clear easily.
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Lucky Letlhohonolo Lekgwathi
  • 76'
    Free-kick to Ajax!!
  • 75'
    SubstitutionAubrey Ngoma Joseph Malongoane
  • 75'
    PELEMBE!!! Oh what a save from Jaakkola to deny Pelembe from inside the box. Great header from the Pirates forward, and a stunning save from the Ajax shot-stopper.
  • 73'
    Ajax have started realizing that they can snatch a point here, and they are throwing everybody forward.
  • 71'
    Goal Granwald Warren Scott
  • 71'
    GOAL!!! Scott beats Meyiwa with a volley after Pirates struggled to deal with Ajax's throw-in. Pirates 2-1 Ajax CT.
  • 68'
    Meyiwa punches Dolly's corner onto the path of Losper, but Bucs clear their lines. The Urban Warriors trying hard to get behind the Pirates defense.
  • 66'
    Gcaba doing a great job to keep Dolly at bay, but it looks promising for the men in red and white.
  • 64'
    Eleazer Rodgers picks the ball on the touch-line when he should have played it, and the referee blows for a hand-ball.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionCecil Sonwabile Lolo Tashreeq Morris
  • 62'
    I would think that Pirates are not missing their gone midfielder Andile Jali looking at how solid that Pirates midfield has been tonight.
  • 60'
    The exciting days seem to be back in Orlando as Pirates fans continue to sing, the technical team looks very relaxed.
  • 58'
    The home side looks very much in control, and three points could be heading their way. Ajax will need a quick goal if they are to lauch a comeback.
  • 56'
    Goal Thabo Matlaba
  • 56'
    GOAL!!! Matlaba bends it into the back of the net from just inside the box. Jaakkola had no chance there.
  • 55'
    A CHANCE FOR AJAX!! Nothing comes out of it, Ajax lacked bodies in the Pirates box. Great piece of football from the Ajax side.
  • 53'
    Gcaba challenges Losper in the box, and the assistant referee says throw-in to Ajax.
  • 51'
    Rodgers races to the long ball, but the referee blows for a foul on Lekgwathi. I must admit that the Pirates' defense hasn't been tested this evening.
  • 48'
    Great chance for Pirates inside the Ajax area, but Isaacs does well to take it away from Pelembe. It looks like we have a great second half in store here.
  • 46'
    We are underway for the second half. Great start to the second half from the Ajax side, but Meyiwa does well to deny Rodgers. No changes from both sides.
  • Do you think Pirates are missing Andile Jali in the midfield, or is Masalesa holding it down well together with Manyisa and Ntshumayelo?
  • Will Pirates hold on to their lead and possibly clinch their first victory of the year? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter - @ernestmakhaya
  • 45'
    We have come to the end of the first 45 minutes, and it's Pirates who are still in the lead going into the second half.
  • 44'
    If Pirates win tonight, they will shoot into the top eight for the first time this season, and they also keep the race for the Q1 prize money alive.
  • 42'
    Manyisa bursts forward for the counter attack, but Issacs does well to block his attempted shot for a corner. Bucs still lead 1-0 here.
  • 40'
    Ajax are now starting to play attacking football, but Pirates are doing well at the back, very composed.
  • 38'
    The rain is coming down heavily now, but the referee is allowing the play to go on.
  • 36'
    Goal Khethowakhe Masuku
  • 36'
    GOAL!! Masusku scores with an attempted cross to beat Jaakkola. Pirates take the lead.
  • 35'
    Ntshumayelo also tries from range, but Jaakkola collects.
  • 34'
    It has started raining here at the Orlando Stadium, and the pace of the game has picked up a bit, fans continue to sing.
  • 32'
    Pelembe tries from range, but Jaakkola makes a comfortable save. That's Pelembe's first shot at goal in this game. A very decent shot.
  • 28'
    There are still no goals at the Orlando Stadium, Pirates dominating possession, but not using that to their advantage.
  • 26'
    SubstitutionThato Tsiliso Mokeke Toriq Losper
  • 26'
    Ian Taylor makes a tactical change, and it's Thato Mokeke who is substituted after 26 minutes. By the way Mokeke is joining SuperSport next season.
  • 24'
    The pressure is on Roger de Sa to deliver on this one having failed to win the last two games. Could this be his last game? Let's wait and see.
  • 22'
    Manyisa with a chance to put his team in front! Good defending there from Jenniker and Krjauklis to deny the Pirates midfielder.
  • 20'
    First corner for the Urban Warriors, after Ntshumayelo's tackle inside the box, but Meyiwa collects easily.
  • 18'
    Hlatshwayo denies Ngoma with a clean tackle to concede a corner, but Pirates cannot use that to their advantage as Jaakkola punches it away.
  • 16'
    PELEMBE!! The Mozambican forward fails to meet Ngoma's well played cross, and it goes on the other side of the pitch. It should have easily been 1-0 to the home side.
  • 14'
    Let me know your thoughts about tonight's clash. Are we likely to see goals in the first half here? I am @ernestmakhaya on Twitter.
  • 12'
    Masalesa wastes an opportunity, as he blasts his shot high and wide of Jaakkola's goal. He should have done better there.
  • 10'
    Ajax have won only once against Pirates in their last five meetings with Bucs claiming four victories.
  • 8'
    I must say that Ajax have been playing too deep allowing Pirates to come to them, but they have been organized at the back.
  • 6'
    Masalesa takes a long range shot, but Jaakkola collects easily. It was a decent strike, but it lacked power to trouble the Ajax keeper.
  • 4'
    The Buccaneers are dominating possession, as they look to unlock that Ajax's defense. The fans are singing with passion, really showing support to the boys.
  • 3'
    First corner for Pirates, but Masuku's ball flies above the heads of his teammates in the Ajax box.
  • 1'
    We are underway at the Orlando Stadium, as Pirates lose possession cheaply to Ajax Cape Town.
  • Lehlogonolo Masalesa comes in to fill the void left by Jali in the midfield, while Masuku and Ngoma also get to start ahead of Myeni and Klate respectively.
  • The Buccaneers have lost th services of Andil Jali to KV Oostende coming into this clash, while Ajax Cape Town are without Lebogang Manyama who moved to SuperSport United earlier this month.
  • Orlando Pirates collect four points off the Urban Warriors last season, winning 2-0 at home before drawing 2-2 in Cape Town.
  • Ajax CT: Jaakkola, Jenniker, Isaacs, Hlatshwayo, Alexander, Mokeke, Krjauklis, Dolly, Lolo, Scott and Rodgers.
  • Pirates: Meyiwa, Jele, Gcaba, Lekgwathi, Matlaba, Manyisa, Ntshumayelo, Masalesa, Masuku, Ngoma and Pelembe
  • Let's look at how the two teams have lined-up tonight, starting with the home side Orlando Pirates who are without Andile Jali.
  • Hi everyone! welcome to Goal's LIVE Commentary of the PSL game between Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town. I am Ernest Makhaya, coming to you live from the Orlando Stadium.