Defending champions break goal drought with 2-0 home win
Orlando Pirates scored two goals in a game for only the second time this season to go second in the Premier Soccer League standings with a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.
Two outstanding goals from Sifiso Myeni and Takesure Chinyama ensured new coach Roger de Sa kept up a 100 percent start to his new career with the champions.
Myeni fired home from outside the box in the 55th minute to break the deadlock after Pirates had squandered several good first half chances in front of a paltry home crowd.
Chinyama came on as a late substitute to also hit a left footer from the edge of the area to make it 2-0 in stoppage time. It was his first goal since signing from Dynamos of Zimbabwe.
It was as much as Pirates deserved as they dominated Ajax, keeping the visitors from playing their passing game and catching them frequently with the speed of their attack.
De Sa employed Myeni in an unusual playmaking role and it took the former Wits player a while to find the right positioning but in the end he provided a man of the match performance and his first goal since joining the Buccaneers in January.
His mazy run saw him pass lumbering defender Matthew Booth before he hit a left footed effort that caught Ajax goalkeeper Sander Westerveld to his right.
But before that Pirates could have led when Tlou Segolela rounded the veteran goalie only to hit a tame effort on goal that Nazeer Allie cleared off the line.
There were also other half chances as Pirates got in eight efforts to just one for Ajax in the first half.
Play was ragged in the first period as both teams playing a pressurising game in midfield but it opened up after the break.
Ajax never got any decent moves going although might have had a late goal from a set piece when Booth’s header flashed across the face of goal and was cleared away by Thabo Matlaba.
Ajax continued their run of failing to garner any points on the road, beaten for a third time in an away game this season.
They have now won just one of their five matches to date.
Pirates moved to 10 points with their win, two behind the early front runners Kaizer Chiefs, who were winners on Monday night.