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Pirates in pole position

2012-04-10 07:13

Johannesburg - Rudolf Bester scored in injury-time to secure a 2-1 win over bottom-side Jomo Cosmos and send Orlando Pirates three points clear at the top of the Premier Soccer League.

Bongane Ndulula opened the scoring after just four minutes before Siyabonga Nhlapho equalised in the 24th minute. And just when it looked as it Bucs would have to settle for a point, Bester smashed home the winner from 25 yards out.

Ndulula got his side off to the perfect start when he bundled Ofusu Appiah off the ball before slotting home from close range.

And the Buccaneers went on to dominate possession and waste numerous half chances throughout the first half.

It therefore came as a surprise to everyone at Orlando Stadium when Cosmos bagged an unlikely equaliser.

Nhlapho cleverly created some space for himself and rocketed a 30 yard shot into the top left corner of the net.

Thabo Matlaba came close to restoring the lead for Pirates on the stroke of half time with a powerful shot but Phali did well to get his hands on the ball and send both sides in level pegging at the break.

An even more determined Bucs side emerged for the second half while Cosmos did their utmost to stifle their opponents.

The introduction of Daine Klate for Tlou Segolela added some much needed pace but a lack of cohesion going forward in search of a winner almost proved their downfall.

The usually influential Oupa Manyisa was restricted to shots from distance and when Klaite did deliver, from a corner, Thulasizwe Mbuyane, failed to get his header on target.

Lucky Lekgwathi should also have done better with a shot with 10 minutes of the match remaining following another Klate corner.

But Bester made no mistake when he set his sights on the Cosmos goal and let rip with a thunderous effort.

Football411

Comments
  • Michael - 2012-04-10 09:19

    Well done Bucselona...

      Makatikamusona - 2012-04-10 12:10

      WTF is Bucselona, have you guys lost identity or you still amateur to be idolizing other teams

  • tshepoletsipa - 2012-04-10 09:25

    Let's not get ahead of ourselves. yes we've got a 3 point lead but Sundowns has got a game in hand and they could easily get back on top. Pirates should stay focused then we'll be good to retain our title. Up The Bucs!!!

  • pkheswa - 2012-04-10 09:42

    Funny how Sundowns were once 7 points ahead of pirates but now the tables have turned. The league is trully a marathon. Up the bucs!

  • pkheswa - 2012-04-10 09:42

    Funny how Sundowns were once 7 points ahead of pirates but now the tables have turned. The league is trully a marathon. Up the bucs!

  • Cosmas - 2012-04-10 12:25

    Up the Bucs.......................!!!!!!!!!

  • rameck.mushambadzi - 2012-04-10 14:13

    the happy people is on power.thanks rudolf for a winning goal for the bacaneers from rameck mushambadzi a zimbabwe citizen in freestate

  • Nkosana - 2012-04-11 10:42

    Pirates need to keep focused and approach each game as it comes. Indeed its so near but so far yet because we haven't crossed that bridge yet. If there is one thing to guard against, that thing is COMPLACENCY. Ayobaness the Buccanneers!!!

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