PSL

Chiefs down Pirates at FNB to take Cup

2016-07-30 17:32
Eric Mathoho (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs started the new campaign in fine fashion after recording a 2-0 victory over Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates in the 2016 Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates

The first half was a relatively lacklustre affair, with neither side able to create very many clear-cut chances.

However, the match eventually sprang to life in the 58th minute when Erick Mathoho smashed home from the edge of the six-yard box after Bernard Parker's stinging shot had come back off the crossbar.

Pirates renewed their efforts after falling behind, going close to levelling the scores on more than one occasion.

Any hopes of a late comeback were killed off in injury-time, though, as substitute and new signing Lewis Macha headed home at the death to announce himself to Chiefs fans with a goal on debut.

The pre-season match, which serves as a curtain-raiser for the new Absa Premiership campaign, started at a cautious tempo, with neither team willing to commit too many men forward in the opening exchanges.

In fact, neither side managed to create any clear-cut chances in the opening half-hour as both sets of defenders managed to keep things tight at the back.

However, the first chance of note eventually arrived just past the half-hour mark. Willard Katsande managed to put the ball in the back of the net, only for the referee to chalk off the goal for an apparent foul on Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo by Lorenzo Gordinho.

The best chance of the half fell to Pule Ekstein, but he was unable to force the ball home. The midfielder saw his initial effort blocked by Mhlongo, and failed to slot home on the follow-up, much to the frustration of the Chiefs supporters.

At the opposite end of the pitch, meanwhile, Bernard Parker had a great opportunity to fire his side in front just three minutes before the half-time break, but saw Kaizer Chiefs have beaten Orlando Pirates 2-0 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to clinch the Carling Black Label Cup. Kaizer Chiefs started the new campaign in fine fashion after recording a 2-0 victory over Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates in the 2016 Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
 
    Kaizer Chiefs 2 Orlando Pirates 0
    Closely contested first half ends goalless
    Mathoho strike breaks the deadlock
    Substitute Macha doubles Chiefs' lead
 
Match summary
 
The first half was a relatively lacklustre affair, with neither side able to create very many clear-cut chances.
 
However, the match eventually sprang to life in the 58th minute when Erick Mathoho smashed home from the edge of the six-yard box after Bernard Parker's stinging shot had come back off the crossbar.
 
Pirates renewed their efforts after falling behind, going close to levelling the scores on more than one occasion.
 
Any hopes of a late comeback were killed off in injury-time, though, as substitute and new signing Lewis Macha headed home at the death to announce himself to Chiefs fans with a goal on debut.
 
Full report
 
The pre-season match, which serves as a curtain-raiser for the new Absa Premiership campaign, started at a cautious tempo, with neither team willing to commit too many men forward in the opening exchanges.
 
In fact, neither side managed to create any clear-cut chances in the opening half-hour as both sets of defenders managed to keep things tight at the back.
 
However, the first chance of note eventually arrived just past the half-hour mark. Willard Katsande managed to put the ball in the back of the net, only for the referee to chalk off the goal for an apparent foul on Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo by Lorenzo Gordinho.
 
The best chance of the half fell to Pule Ekstein, but he was unable to force the ball home. The midfielder saw his initial effort blocked by Mhlongo, and failed to slot home on the follow-up, much to the frustration of the Chiefs supporters.
 
At the opposite end of the pitch, meanwhile, Bernard Parker had a great opportunity to fire his side in front just three minutes before the half-time break, but saw his acrobatic volley fly wide of the mark.
 
While the first half failed to produce a breakthrough, that was not the case in the second stanza.
 
Chiefs started on the front foot and made their intentions known early on, with William Twala firing over the crossbar from the edge of the box on 47 minutes.
 
And they continued to apply the pressure as Ekstein fired straight at Mhlongo two minutes later, after latching onto a flicked header from George Lebese. 
 
Amakhosi eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 58th minute, Mathoho side-footing home on the volley after Parker's drilled shot had come back off the crossbar.
 
The opening goal give Amakhosi a notable lift, with Twala and Tsepo Masilela both going close to adding a second goal. However, the opener also sparked a reaction from Pirates, who forced Itumeleng Khune into action through Tendai Ndoro's scuffed shot.
 
And the Buccaneers looked certain to score in the 81st minute when Bernard Morrison latched onto Riyaad Norodien's inviting cross, only for the former's goal-bound shot to be clear off the line by Mathoho.
 
Ndoro had another chance to open his account three minutes later as Pirates pushed for the equaliser, but the Zimbabwean striker fired wide of the target.
 
And he was made to rue that squandered chance as Chiefs substitute Macha, who had replaced Ekstein, rose well to head home from Twala's right-wing cross four minutes into injury-time.his acrobatic volley fly wide of the mark.

While the first half failed to produce a breakthrough, that was not the case in the second stanza.

Chiefs started on the front foot and made their intentions known early on, with William Twala firing over the crossbar from the edge of the box on 47 minutes.

And they continued to apply the pressure as Ekstein fired straight at Mhlongo two minutes later, after latching onto a flicked header from George Lebese.

Amakhosi eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 58th minute, Mathoho side-footing home on the volley after Parker's drilled shot had come back off the crossbar.

The opening goal give Amakhosi a notable lift, with Twala and Tsepo Masilela both going close to adding a second goal. However, the opener also sparked a reaction from Pirates, who forced Itumeleng Khune into action through Tendai Ndoro's scuffed shot.

And the Buccaneers looked certain to score in the 81st minute when Bernard Morrison latched onto Riyaad Norodien's inviting cross, only for the former's goal-bound shot to be clear off the line by Mathoho.

Ndoro had another chance to open his account three minutes later as Pirates pushed for the equaliser, but the Zimbabwean striker fired wide of the target.

And he was made to rue that squandered chance as Chiefs substitute Macha, who had replaced Ekstein, rose well to head home from Twala's right-wing cross four minutes into injury-time.


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