A stunning goal by Sifiso Myeni and a late piledriver by Takesure Chinyama was enough to give Orlando Pirates the full points against Ajax Cape Town in an Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium.
In truth, however, the score margin could have been higher but Ajax goalkeeper Sander Westerveld made some strong saves throughout as the Urban Warriors struggled to find their rhythm and hardly threatened Pirates.
Myeni’s goal came in the 55th minute while Chinyama’s strike happened at the end of optional time after the 90 minutes was up.
The opening half did not produce the greatest quality with both sides giving the ball away cheaply, but as time went on Pirates got the upper hand and created the most chances.
But Ajax restricted them to shooting from distance and each time Sander Westerveld was well positioned to keep out the danger.
The first chance of the game arrived in the 6th minute when Pirates captain Siyabonga Sangweni spotted Sander Westerveld off his line and tried to chip him from long distance, but his attempt flew over the bar.
Four minutes later, Thabo Matlaba got into space in a central position and fired in a long range shot, but it was always going over the bar.
In the 15th minute, Tlou Segolela broke free down the middle of the field and got in a low left-footed shot, but it went wide of the upright although Sander Westerveld looked as if he had it covered.
Pirates should have gone ahead after 22 minutes when Segolela got in behind the left back and received a pass in space.
Ajax had played him onside, but while Segolela did very well to go around Westerveld, he took his shot while off balance and the ball trickled towards goal, allowing Nazeer Allie to get back and clear off the line.
In the 40th minute, Pirates tried to execute a short free kick but it never came off. Despite this, Daine Klate picked up the ball after a scramble and got into space before getting in a good shot which Westerveld palmed away.
At the start of the second half Ajax coach Maarten Stekelenburg made a change, bringing Lebogang Manyama on for Keagan Dolly.
With the game starting to open up in the opening ten minutes of the second half, Ajax went close when Nazeer Allie got in a first time shot at goal, which Josephs did well to keep out low at his near post.
But then in the 55th minute, the home side struck through Sifiso Myeni, and what a goal it was.
In a central position some way outside the danger area, Myeni showed as if he was going to shoot and sent Booth the wrong way before bringing the ball onto his left foot.
Myeni then let rip with a powerful shot, which beat Westerveld at his near post.
In the 62nd minute, Bucs nearly score a second when Scott lost the ball and allowed Myeni to steal it and run through on goal. But Westerveld saved his low shot.
A minute later Sangweni, already on a yellow card for an earlier foul on Khama Billiat, fouled him again and was fortunate not to be sent off.
Soon afterward, Matthew Booth saw a back post header cleared off the line by Pirates.
Pirates began asking more and more questions of Ajax as the game opened up even more in the final twenty minutes.
Substitute Chinyama, who was starting to be booed by the fans, answered the fans in style in the dying seconds of the game when he scored a stunning goal from almost a standing position, when he received the ball, turned and fired home with his left foot.-Backpagepix TXT