Pirates up to fifth
Johannesburg - Orlando
Pirates moved up to fifth place on the Absa Premiership table with a 2-0 win
over Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
half goals from Isaac Chansa and Tokelo Rantie handed the Buccaneers a deserved
win that sees them end a highly successful calendar year on a high note.
Bes’thende remain a work in progress under Muhsin Ertugral and ended the year
placed 12th on the log, four points above the danger zone.
first half was a subdued and uninspiring affair, with neither team able to get
into any kind of rhythm as far as their attacking play was concerned.
Pirates, Benni McCarthy looked off the pace and lacked sufficient service and
support, while Arrows’ strike partnership of Collins Mbesuma and Thamsanqa
Gabuza should have been a handful for Bucs’ backline yet proved to be anything
defences were certainly on top in the first 45 minutes and neither Pirates
goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs not his counterpart at Arrows, young Nkosingiphile
Gumede, were called upon to do any kind of challenging work.
started the second half looking a lot livelier but it was Arrows who created
the first genuine scoring chance of the game in the 54th minute:
Mbesuma drove down the left flank and provided a perfect cross for his partner
Gabuza, but the striker directed his shot wide of the near post.
minutes later Pirates made their visitors pay for that miss, taking the lead
through midfielder Isaac Chansa. The Zambian got on the end of a fine cross
from Daine Klate and arrowed a header into the bottom corner of the net, giving
Gumede no chance of a save.
almost drew level with just under a quarter hour to play when Dillon Sheppard’s
free kick flew toward the top corner of Pirates’ net, but Josephs produced a
brilliant save to palm the ball away and keep his team in the ascendancy.
again the hosts reacted superbly to a chance for Arrows and doubled their lead
in the 83rd minute. Klate was again the architect, providing a great
ball into the box from a free kick that substitute Tokelo Rantie fired home to
make the game safe for the Buccaneers.