Absa Premiership

Pirates scrape a draw in Cape Town

2015-05-09 17:19
Menzi Masuku (Supplied)
Menzi Masuku (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates fought back from two goals down to rescue a point against Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Two first half goals from Thabiso Nkaono and Riyaad Norodien were cancelled out by a brace from Menzi Masuku to earn the Buccaneers a draw.

The Sea Robbers began the game brightly, hogging all of the possession and starving Ajax of the ball. However, they were unable to convert their dominance into any meaningful chances.

It took Pirates until the 15th minute to register their first shot on goal, but Kermit Erasmus was unable to hit the target. A minute later, Mpho Makola curled another effort just over the crossbar.

It was Ajax who broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when Erwin Isaacs played in Thabiso Nkoana who volleyed home acrobatically from six yards out.

The Urban Warriors doubled their lead on the stroke of half time through a well struck long-range effort from Norodien that hit the post and went in.

Pirates continued to dominate the game after the break and were rewarded in the 53rd minute when Masuku pulled one back for the Soweto side.

Four minutes later they were back in business when Mpho Makola led a brisk counter attack before playing in Masuku who tapped in from close range to level the scores.

Pirates continued to push for a winner, but seemed to be trying to pass the ball into the net and were not decisive enough in front of goal.

Despite surrendering a two goal lead, Ajax will not be too disappointed with the result after resting a number of first team players for the game with their Nedbank Cup final against Mamelodi Sundowns on the horizon.

Pirates will be disappointed not to have made more of their possession, but will be glad not to have lost. The result does see them finish the season fourth as Bidvest Wits secured three points against Polokwane City.


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