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Pirates win Soweto derby

2009-05-02 18:15

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates kept their Premiership title dreams alive when two goal hero Katlego Mashego led Bucs to a stunning 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in an action packed Soweto derby played in front of a capacity crowd of 62 000 fans at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Bucs deserved their win but had to sweat for it until Mashego hammered home the final nail in Amakhosi's coffin with his second goal in the 85th minute that took the fight out of Chiefs.

It is the first time in years that Pirates have won both Soweto derbies. Bucs beat Chiefs 2-0 in the first round.

Bucs were the more attack-minded side, hit the woodwork twice and created countless chances while Chiefs were contend to hit their rivals on the counter attack and even their goal was an own goal from Bucs defender Lucas Thwala in the 78th minute which cancelled Mashego's first goal in the 71st minute.

Bucs have now closed the gap on log leaders SuperSport to three points with each club having two matches to play. United head the standings with 54 points. Pirates are next on 51. Third placed Chiefs are out of the title race with 47 points with two games to play.

It was one way traffic in the first half where Pirates dominated, created numerous chances but wasted every one. However, Bucs coach Ruud Krol made a strange decision to play midfielder Thulasizwe Mbuyane as a centre forward - a move which backfired during the opening 45 minutes.

Thulasizwe missed a couple of gilt-edged chances. But he was not alone as Mashego and the inspirational Teko Modise also missed the target.

Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was the busier of the two keepers. Khune did well to first punch away a dangerous cross from Mashego in the second minute as Bucs made their attacking intentions clear.

Mbuyane missed his first sitter a minute later when he failed to capitalise on a terrible defensive mix up between Chiefs defender Dominic Isaacs and his captain Tinashe Nengomasha. Mbuyane collected the loose ball and, with only Khune to beat, seemed to get stage fright and hit his shot well wide of the woodwork. Mbuyane will remember this miss as it is not often a player is presented with a goal-scoring chance on a plate by poor Chiefs' defending in a derby. Then, on four minutes, Mashego was wasteful when he collected a well-aimed pass from Modise but he ballooned his shot over the Chiefs crossbar.

The miss of the game came in the 23rd minute when Mashego released a defence-splitting cross to Modise who, in turn, laid on the perfect cross to Mbuyane who again showed no composure by blasting over the crossbar from close range.

Bucs keeper Moeneeb Josephs made his first save of the game from Abia Nale in the 27th minute when he palmed the Chiefs striker's shot for a corner. A minute later Mashego missed another chance at breaking the deadlock. Modise then headed wide on 34 minutes.

But again Bucs missed another great chance in the last minute of the half when Khune managed to get a foot to Mashego's goal-bound shot after another good pass from Modise.

Modise, who had a great game, hit a trade mark free kick against the post in the 54th minute as Pirates kept searching for the goal that would keep their title hopes alive. Chiefs substitute Jose Torrealba, who replaced Arthur Zwane at the break, had Bucs fans' hearts beating faster when his shot skimmed past the woodwork in the 63rd minute.

Bucs got their breakthrough in the 71st minute when Mashego slotted home Modise's pass.

Then Chiefs got on level terms when Thwala steered home Torrealba's shot in the 78th minute. Pirates showed character and Khune made a desperate save at the feet of substitute Siphelele Mthembu only for Mashego to steal in and snatch the winner with five minutes to play.

It could have been 3-1 two minutes later when Mashego hit the upright as Bucs went for the kill.

The derby got off to a bad start for members of the local media who were harassed when trying to get into Wits University where the PSL had arranged for them to park their cars and ride in a bus to the stadium.

SAPA

Comments
  • Douw Nortier - 2009-05-02 21:16

    Well done the Buccaneers. I have two friends at work, the one is an amakhozi supporter, the other a pirates fan... I think you can understand why I can't wait for Monday!

  • Shadrack Mkhari - 2009-05-03 02:18

    Pirates is like ANC, it rules

  • Promise - 2009-05-03 05:30

    What a wonderful thing, telling it as it is thank you

  • cecil bodibe - 2009-05-04 01:44

    This victory is in fact the third one in a row. In the Vodacom challenge Pirates beat Chiefs 1-0. well done Pirates

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 09:31

    Well done the Sea Robbers.Chiefs will never beat Pirates anymore,even if we can Monday to Monday week in and week out we beat everyday!

  • nkosana maseko - 2009-05-04 09:32

    THE PROBLEM AT CHIEFS IS THAT MANAGEMENT ONLY SIGN PLAYRES THAT ARE OUT OF CONTRACT.IN OTHER WORDS THEY GO FOR QUANTITY NOT QUALITY.CHECK PROPERLY,THERES NO QUALITY IN THEIR CURRENT SQUAD.THE MOTAUNGS ARE GREEDY,THEY DO NOT WANT TO SPEND MONEY.THE LAW OF BUSINESS IS SIMPLE:SPEND MONEY TO MAKE MONEY.MUHSIN IS NOT WHOLLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ROT AT BOMMASENUKU(CHIEFS),WHERE IS BOBBYS OPEN CHEQUE?ARE THE COFFERS DRY?SHAPA BUCS SHAPA

  • Weezy - 2009-05-04 09:50

    @Nkosana Maseko. My friend we have been complaining to Chiefs management for far too long. They are NOT listerning let alone caring. We need to start boycotting all chiefs matches and mosting importantly stop renewing our memberships. May be this time they will listern. This Chiefs manegement have replaced their football minds with big calculators.

  • Moses Gama - 2009-05-04 11:35

    What a good display of football by Pirates, this is the kind of football that bring back supporters to the stadiums. But it still worries me why players like Mabalane are being ignored by our national selectors he is one of the players that have been consistent this season I just hope he gets rewarded this time.

  • malesela - 2009-05-04 11:48

    The mistake that Chiefs made is to play Ntuka on the right back, there are players such as Matle, Tau who are naturally right backs. Ntuka was exposed by Teko. The central defence pairing of Nahayo and Isaacs they have not played many games together. Consistent selection that is what required for a team to do well. Anyway Pie-rats outplayed Chips in all the department. P.S Chips never scored a goal on Saturday all the goal where scored by the Migthy Ghost.

  • sandile a.k.a "S.G.M" - 2009-05-04 12:10

    i always had faith in ma boys, thats the mighty Buccaneers, i knew that they were going to their fans something to be happy about, as they are the HAPPY PEOPLE.Congragulations to the boys they have done very well, they deserved to win the derby, as Amakhosi where dead but alive.Teko a.k.a the "general",K.Mashego a.k.a"sebetsa",D.Mabalaane a.k.a"terminator" what would the mighty Buccaneers be without u guys???HAPPY PEOPLE 4 THE LEAGUE NOW.Super Sport watch out!!!

  • theo - 2009-05-04 13:00

    Shaapa Mabhakabhaka shaapa,three points uyasetyenzelwa,hallaaallaa! siyabangena.

  • Weezy - 2009-05-04 13:04

    One last thing, now that Bay United has been relegated it is time for Chiefs to buy their players as most of them will be out of their contracts. This is what they do best.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 13:33

    The outcome of the game could have been much different had a different refferee officiated. I wonder how partial SA referees are in matches of this calibre. Everyone should know by now that you should never tackle Teko... never, never, never..esp when he is in the Chiefs half...even if it is a feint tackle

  • Tshepo - 2009-05-04 14:15

    Bucs won the match fairly lets not blame the officials for the loosing teams poor perfomance, bucs were the better team on the day period.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 14:22

    Pirates no shuma vhathanga vhanga, a thi ngo bva ndo ludza fhulufhelo kha vhe iwe. Ndi a di tongisa nga vhe iwe, zwino kha ri sumbedze super sport uri lingi yashu. "farelelani kha ndila ine na vha khayo"

  • SIBULELE GODLWANA - 2009-05-04 17:13

    WELL DONE BUCS BUT LETS NOT THINK THAT WE HAVE WON IT YET SO LETS GO ON DOING WHAT WE GOOD AT AND DAMN I LOVE IT WHEN WE CHIEFS AND NOW GONE ARE THE DAYS OF CHIEFS BEATING US AND AGAIN WELL DONE BUCS

  • Fakazi Nkabinde - 2009-05-04 18:00

    I am very excited about the Pirates win eventhough I did not watch the game since I am thousands miles away from home in USA, I could only imagine the excitement and the vibe in South Africa during the superb win. I am so proud of the standard of football in ma Beautiful country South Africa. Keep up it Msawawa.

  • nkosana maseko - 2009-05-04 20:36

    BOMMASENUKU(CHIEFS)MUST NOT MAKE MUHSIN THEIR SCAPEGOAT.HOW DO THEY EXPECT HIM TO WIN THE THIS RACE WHEN THEY OFFER HIM A DONKEY TO RACE WHILE COACHES ARE OFFERED PROPER RACE HORSES?

  • thabiso - 2009-05-05 08:37

    up the bucs.The score should have been 4-0 to pirates, welldone but there's still a lot to do

  • naphy - 2009-05-05 10:10

    I'm a khosi for life but the standard of our footy has gone down so bad I found myself cheering for football instead of Chiefs. Pirates were very decent and deserved to win, their supporters should be proud. Teko is definitely the best player in SA but that doesn't mean he's top class, just the better of a worst bunch. As for Chiefs, I can't even remember why I'm a fan.... oh wait, ke jutile ke "16v". Motaung needs to realise he can't run a club like Chiefs within the family. He needs to fire Bobby and get well educated, well experinced people to manage the club or it will fall.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-30 15:45

    im suprd 2 c scara not being signed at pirates because that guy is the moat talented player in mzansi.SA NID SCARA BC ON THE PITCH OF THE PSL,so i think hosa must sign that talented guy. nothing more, noyhing less...masupeka

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-30 15:50

    well done bacaneer, you really make us the happy people, all we ask next season is you mr khoza to sign scara so that we can win the big one next season

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