MDC Update: Buccaneers thump Ajax
Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 07:58
The Orlando Pirates Multichoice Diski Challenge team have stretched their unbeaten run to six matches following their victory over Ajax Cape Town at the weekend.
A brace from Grant Peters, Lebohang Sentsho and super-sub Thobela Sikhakhane, were enough to see Pirates defeat the Urban Warriors 4-2 in a match played at the Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Saturday.
With the 18 points collected this season, the young Buccaneers are already four points better off than their performance last season and still have four matches remaining before calling a close to the 2016/17 Multichoice Diski Challenge season.
Lebohang “Ace” Sentsho who was given the nod for this match ahead of Katleho Molaba, repaid the faith the technical game him by scoring the opening goal in the 36th minute following a neat interchange of passes on the right flank involving Eethe Khaukhanani and Grant Peters. Pirates looked much the dominant side in the first half but failed to add on to the score sheet as the half progressed.
The teams went into the break with the Buccaneers leading 1-0.
If Benson Mhlongo and his charges were banking on a easier second half, these hopes were soon dashed when the Urban Warriors – who were inspired by Orlando Pirates old boy Lebogang Mokoena, bounced back in the second stanza with two back-to-back goals.
First it was Mokoena, who would be at the end of a loose ball in the box after goalkeeper Tsebo Tsotetsi parried the initial shot at goal to the onrushing Mokoena who coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net in the 55th minutes. Ten minutes later, Mokoena would turn provider when a swift counter attack move led to Mokoena playing a pin point cross to Ziyaad Eksteen who headed the second goal passed Tsotetsi.
Last week Pirates showed their mantle as they fought back two goals down against rivals Kaizer Chiefs to draw 2-all, and with a goal down and 25 minutes left to play; the young Buccaneers had to tap into that Pirates resilience once again.
The introduction of Yanga Baliso and Thobela Sikhakhane inspired the boys back into action as they fought for every ball. Their determination and never say die spirit saw them get a goal back in the 70th minute, courtesy of Peters after he received a pass from Bernard Morrison.
Pirates went ahead for the second time on the day with seven minutes left on the clock. This time it was the hard-running Sikhakhane who rang almost the length of the pitch before slotting his goal and then deep into injury time, Sikhakhane assisted Peters with a fourth goal of the match.
Next up for Pirates is a match against Highlands Park. This match will be played at the George Thabe Stadium in Sebokeng.