PSL

Pirates snatch last gasp draw

2011-02-20 18:18
Ruud Krol (Gallo Images)

Soweto - Pirates scored an injury time goal to secure a late 1-1 draw against a visiting Amazulu side in their Absa premiership match at the Orlando stadium, Soweto, on Sunday afternoon.

Despite creating a late flurry of chances, it was table topping Orlando Pirates that were nearly had to pay for their complacency and lack of killer instinct.

Amazulu scored what looked like the winning goal in the clash through striker Lehlonolo Majoro in the 87th minute and the visitors were up 1-0.

The home team's complacency for most of the game nearly cost them, but in injury time they managed to scrape a point from the game when Happy Jele scored the equaliser. He nudged the ball home after a goalmouth scuffle and gave the crowd something to cheer about for the first time in the game.

With the draw, Pirates remain on topof the log with 44 points, but now only a point ahead of Ajax Cape Town and two ahead of Kaizer Chiefs who have a game in hand.

The draw means Pirates next game against Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday could well decide the title race.

The first half started very slowly, with Pirates in particular looking hesitant and cautious on their home ground.

Curiously, it was the visitors who came out in an a more attacking mood and it was Amazulu who enjoyed better goal scoring opportunities in the opening 20 minutes.

Pirates added to coach Ruud Krol's concerns as his team's defence looked fragile and were guilty of some very poor decision making.

For the first 40 minutes of the first half, neither keeper was even tested.

The first good chance for either side fell to Pirates in the 42nd min.

Amazulu midfielder Sibusiso Hadebe carelessly lost the ball to Pirates defender Happy Jele. He made a run down the right before whipping a ball into the penalty area only to see the ball easily cleared.

Striker Patrick Malokase, wasted the best chance of the half for Pirates in injury time, when he was one-on-one with keeper Mbongeni Mzimela, but failed to hit the the target.

Pirates finally upped the intensity of their play after the 70 minute mark, and they created a number of good chances.

Katlego Mashego was guilty of a shocking miss in the 73rd minute. He found himself in space and was left just Amazulu keeper Mbongeni Mzimela to beat. His shot managed to miss the target as it was drilled into the posts to the boos of the home crowd.

Buccaneers defender Rooi Mahamutsa could have easily scored three minutes later but his well struck header was deflected over by Mzimela.

As injury time neared, Pirates went a goal behind before they finally put a ball in the back of the net.

Pirates played well enough for a draw, but it will be Amazulu who will feel they let a crucial victrory slip from their grasp.

Read more on:    psl
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Entries are open, so what are you waiting for?

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Adventure holidays for your bucket list
Top 10 water sports to try before you die
6 impressive camping tips
LOL! The 8 stages of marathon running
Fixtures
22 October 2014
Free State Stars v AmaZulu, Charles Mopeli Stadium 18:00
Wits v Polokwane City, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
Ajax Cape Town v Platinum Stars, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Kaizer Chiefs v Moroka Swallows, FNB Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Maritzburg United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
University of Pretoria v Bloemfontein Celtic, Tuks Stadium 19:30
31 October 2014
Moroka Swallows v Platinum Stars, Dobsonville Stadium 20:00
Maritzburg United v University of Pretoria, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
01 November 2014
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium 15:30
AmaZulu v Black Aces, Moses Mabhida Stadium 18:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
Polokwane City v Chippa United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 20:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Where should Rivaldo Coetzee play his soccer next season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.