MATCH CENTRE

WED 31 JANUARY 2018, 19:30, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

3
VS
0

Urban Warriors romp to 3-0 win over Pirates

by Bertin Basson

Wed January 31, 22:24

Ajax Cape Town returned to winning ways in the Absa Premiership with a thumping 3-0 victory over Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Mosa Lebusa opened the scoring for the hosts before Yannick Zakri completed his brace, as the Urban Warriors registered a first league win over their counterparts in seven years.

Lebusa headed home from a corner-kick with 12 minutes on the clock. The Ajax Cape Town skipper with a thunderous header from Yagan Sasman's corner-kick as the ball cannoned off the woodwork and into the back of the net.

The hosts doubled their lead in the 32nd minute through Zakri. The Ivorian forward with a clinical finish following a swift counter-attack ignited by Grant Margeman and assisted by Tendai Ndoro.

Ajax Cape Town were dealt a double blow on the injury front as both Lebusa and Brandon Petersen were forced off the field - leaving Muhsin Ertugral with no substitutes for the entire second stanza.

The Buccaneers surged forward in attack following the break and should've pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, but Innocent Maela blazed his shot over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

February was called into action to deny Luvoyo Memela in the 82nd minute as Pirates continued to dominate both possession in territory. The shot-stopper with a world class save.

Ajax Cape Town, though, would put the game to bed a minute later as Zakri finished off a low cross from Siyanda Zwane on a memorable night for the Urban Warriors.

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen (February 43'); Zwane, Booysen, Pietersen, Lebusa, (Nhlapo 46'), Sasman - Malepe, Margeman, Zakri, Morris (Mdabuka 30'), Ndoro.

Orlando Pirates: Mabokgwane; Maela (Foster 71'), Nyauza, Dube (Gabuza 79') - Memela, Munetsi, Nyatama, Makola (Jele 36') - Kutumela, Lorch - Shonga.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CAPE TOWN STADIUM
AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
5. Mosa Lebusa (12')
29. Yannick Zakri (32')
29. Yannick Zakri (83')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
43'
1
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
30
Defender
71'
23
Defender
12'
46'
5
Defender
79'
28
Defender
85'
3
34
Defender
21
Midfielder
11
Defender
36
Midfielder
33
Defender
15
Midfielder
36'
5
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
30'
11
Midfielder
3
Forward/Striker
47
Forward/Striker
27
Forward/Striker
32'
83'
29
Forward/Striker
24
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ndiviwe Mdabuka
Midfielder
30'
18
Happy Jele
Defender
36'
4
Jody February
Goalkeeper
43'
22
Lyle Foster
Midfielder
71'
20
Isaac Nhlapo
Defender
46'
13
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
79'
31
CARDS
Roscoe Pietersen
Defender
85'
3
Ndiviwe Mdabuka
Midfielder
90 + 1'
18
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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