Pirates ease past woeful Urban Warriors

Bernard Morrison bagged a brace to guide Orlando Pirates to a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town in a Nedbank Cup round of 32 clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Ghanaian found the back of the net either side of the interval as the Buccaneers got their revenge, following a 3-0 defeat to the same opponents in the league last week.

The Urban Warriors conjured the first shot in anger as Tendai Ndoro curled an attempt wide on his return to Soweto within the opening exchanges.

The Zimbabwe international had another chance to fire his side into the lead in the 13th minute, but the forward could only succeed in guiding his volley attempt over the crossbar following good work by Fagrie Lakay down the right flank.

Pirates, though, started to find their rhythm as the game approached the half-hour mark and duly opened the scoring following a sustained spell of pressure with 42 minutes on the clock.

Justin Shonga burst into the area before teeing up Morrison who made no mistake on his return to the starting eleven, the winger firing a low shot past Jody February from close range.

Morrison doubled the hosts lead three minutes after the break. The attacker with a composed finish following a blistering counter-attack ignited from within their own half.

The Buccaneers were on top of their game and dominated their opponents in the ensuing minutes, but with no further reward.

Ajax Cape Town enjoyed some success in attack in the dying minutes of the clash, but never really tested Siyabonga Mpontshane throughout on a wet evening in Orlando as Pirates booked their place in the next round.

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Morrison 42' 48')

Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

Orlando Pirates: Mpontshane; Jele, Nyauza, Maphanga, Thopola (Mlambo 46'), Shitolo, Sarr, Munetsi, Morrison (Foster 82'), Lorch, Shonga (Memela 68').

Ajax Cape Town: February; Zwane, Pietersen, Booysen, Gaxa (Phohlongo 71'), Sasman, Takwara, Margeman (Julies 57'), Kabwe, Lakay (Morris 57'), Ndoro.