MATCH CENTRE

TUE 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, 19:30, ORLANDO STADIUM

1
VS
0

Urban Warriors suffer defeat in Orlando

by Bertin Basson

Tue September 12, 22:10

Ajax Cape Town's struggles at Orlando Stadium continued, as the Urban Warriors suffered a 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership fixture on Tuesday evening.

Bernard Morrison's ninth minute strike the difference between the two teams as the Buccaneers climbed to second spot on the log standings. Ajax Cape Town remain in 15th place having yet to win a game this season.

The Ghanaian, Morrison, pounced on poor defending from a long throw-in to guide the ball past Brandon Petersen at the back post, for what proved to be the only goal of the game.

Thabo Mosadi almost found the perfect reply for the visitors, but his rasping shot moments later could only trouble the side-netting.

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half with both teams lacking real fluency, Pirates 1-0 up at the break.

The hosts squandered a glorious chance to double their lead four minutes following the interval, but Brandon Petersen was alert to the danger as he pulled off a great stop to deny Thabo Qalinge from close range. Pirates unable to capitalize on a 5 v 2 situation.

Thamsanqa Gabuza had the ball on the back of the net on two occasions in the ensuing 19 minutes, but on both occasions the linesman's flag was raised for offside - keeping the Urban Warriors in with a shout.

And Tashreeq Morris almost stole a point for the visitors in the dying stages of the clash, but he was denied by Wayne Sandilands who made a stunning close-range stop.

Orlando Pirates (1) 0 (Morrison 9')

Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands; Maela, Nyauza, Jele, Matlaba - Dube, Makola (Mobara 84'), Nyatama - Qalinge (Sarr 70'), Morrison (Lorch 58'), Gabuza

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Isaacs, Nhlapo, Booysen, Lebusa - Malepe, Mdabuka (Nxumalo 63'), Margeman (Nemukondeni 81') - Mosadi, Makua (Mzwakali 66'), Morris

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH ORLANDO STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
12. Bernard Morrison (9')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
30
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
4
Defender
13
Defender
23
Defender
30
Defender
3
Defender
5
34
Defender
29
Defender
69'
8
Midfielder
19'
12
Midfielder
84'
5
Midfielder
81'
8
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
63'
18
Midfielder
70'
15
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
9'
58'
12
Forward/Striker
66'
31
Forward/Striker
31
Forward/Striker
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thembinkosi Lorch
Midfielder
58'
29
Prince Nxumalo
Forward/Striker
63'
9
Issa Sarr
Midfielder
70'
18
Bantu Mzawkali
Midfielder
66'
20
Abbubaker Mobara
Defender
84'
45
Innocent Nemukondeni
Midfielder
81'
23
CARDS
Thabo Matlaba
Defender
69'
8
Erwin Isaacs
Midfielder
19'
12
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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