Sunday Observer - - SPORT -

JOr­lando Pi­rates ad­vanced to the Last 16 of the Ned­bank Cup, af­ter de­feat­ing Ajax Cape Town 2-0 thanks to a brace from Bernard Mor­ri­son.

The Buc­ca­neers al­lowed Tendai Ndoro to turn and shoot in­side the box, fol­low­ing a long throw in the sev­enth minute and they were nearly pun­ished as the Zim­bab­wean striker missed the tar­get by inches.

Ndoro had an­other chance to open the scor­ing for Ajax in the 12th minute on a half - voll e y, un­marked in­side the box but his ef­fort sailed over the cross­b­bar.

Bernard Mor­ri­son al­most caught Jody Fe­bru­ary off his line in the Story on 24th minute, with a long range chip but his strike sailed just wide of the up­right.

Af­ter long pe­ri­ods of dom­i­na­tion, Mor­ri­son found the break­through for the home side three min­utes, be­fore half­time with a close range fin­ish fol­low­ing a good as­sist from Justin Shonga, 1-0.

Grant Marge­man al­most equalised on the stroke of half­time with a pow­er­ful strike from just out­side the box, but goal­keeper Siyabonga Mpontshane made a great stop to keep the scores level.

Mor­ri­son com­pleted his brace four min­utes into the sec­ond stanza by shrug­ging off Siyanda Zwane, be­fore calmly slot­ting past Fe­bru­ary. The Buc­ca­neers held the ball in their own half, as they looked to draw the visi­tors out of their de­fen- sive blocks.

With Pi­rates push­ing for more goals, Sre­do­je­vic in­tro­duced Lu­vuyo Memela in the 67th minute for Shonga.

Them­binkosi Lorch should have made it 3-0 with 10 min­utes left on the clock, af­ter go­ing one-on-one with Fe­bru­ary but the striker could not find the tar­get.

Lyle Fos­ter had a chance to get on the score­sheet on 85 min­utes, but he shot wide across the face of goal from in­side the box.

Ndoro should have re­duced the deficit in sec­ond-half stop­page time with a div­ing header, but he could not find the tar­get as the score re­mained 2-0 at the fi­nal whis­tle.

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