Absa Premiership

Pirates down Ajax in thriller

2015-11-04 21:42
Lehlohonolo Majoro (Getty Images)

Cape Town - It was a thrilling game at the Cape Town Stadium as Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro handed Orlando Pirates a 2-1 Absa Premiership win over Ajax Cape Town.

The scoreline could have been a lot higher had the two goalkeepers not made so many saves and several attacking players brought their scoring boots.

The home side had their early chances after Nathan Paulse twice went close inside the opening ten minutes. First he volleyed goalwards, but the ball took a deflection and almost found its way into the back of the net. Then Paulse was denied by a sliding Siyabonga Sangweni tackle.

But on 18 minutes Pirates went ahead after Ntsikilelo Nyauza swung in a deep cross to find Erasmus on the back post and his cross-goal header rested into the back of the net. 

Five minutes later and the visitors were further ahead thanks to a calm finish from Lehlohonolo Majoro in a one-on-one situation following a sublime through ball by Thandani Ntshumayelo. 

Ajax replied after 27 minutes when Riyaad Norodien skinned Siyabonga Sangweni and put in a near post cross, which sliced off Edwin Gyimah’s boot and onto Toriq Losper’s leg and into the net.

In the dying minutes of the half, Felipe Ovono made a good save to stop a rocket shot from Granwald Scott and Erasmus should have done better from close range when he shot wide from Thabo Rakhale’s cross.

Then on the hour mark a double save by Felipe Ovono denied Mobara in a one on one, but from the rebound Mobara could not get enough power on the header and Ovono saved once more.

A few moments later and Paulse should have done better when he was unmarked but headed a Franklin Cale corner kick wide of goal.

In the 78th minute, Losper’s curling effort crashed off the crossbar with Ovono well beaten and inside the final five minutes there was a good chance for substitute Gift Motupa to score Bucs' third goal, but he could not get enough on the attempt from close range.

In the dying moments of the game, Motupa was through in a one on one situation but his close-range shot was saved by February.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Friday, 28 February 2020
Maritzburg United v Stellenbosch, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Highlands Park, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v AmaZulu, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Wits, Mbombela Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 01 March 2020
Cape Town City v Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Baroka FC, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:30
Polokwane City v Black Leopards, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.