Pirates 90 minutes from title

2012-05-12 17:12

Orlando - Orlando Pirates are just 90 minutes away from a second successive Absa Premiership title after beating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
The Buccaneers retained their two-point advantage at the head of the standings over Soweto rivals Moroka Swallows, but they had to dig deep to do so, scoring two late goals to recover from an early deficit that threatened to spoil their hopes.
Celtic opened the scoring early on through Letladi Madubanya and held the lead for almost 70 minutes until Thulasizwe Mbuyane levelled the game up. Five minutes later, Siyabonga Sangweni scored the winner.
Pirates started promisingly, but it was Celtic who scored an early goal. With virtually their first attack, the visitors got a free kick on the right flank which saw Letladi Madubanya head his side into a fourth-minute lead from Clifford Mulenga’s delivery.
The goal stunned the home crowd into silence and set the tone for the rest of the first half, with Pirates dominating possession but often looking vulnerable at the back whenever Phunya Sele Sele pushed numbers forward on a counter attack.
The Buccaneers bossed the midfield and usually moved the ball swiftly out to the flanks, but too often their final pass, cross or shot was simply lacking in the quality needed to prise open a determined Celtic defence.
Pirates failed to create a single clear scoring opportunity in the first 45 minutes, with their only notable efforts being long range shots from the likes of Isaac Chansa and Andile Jali that failed to even trouble goalkeeper Thabani Stemmer.
The match continued in much the same way in the second half until the 73rd minute when substitutes Ndumiso Mabena and Thulasizwe Mbuyane combined - the former crossed from the left flank for the latter, who headed back across goal to beat Stemmer’s right hand and make it 1-1.
Five minutes later the hosts surged into the lead with a second goal that was remarkably similar to the first: this time Klate crossed from the left and Siyabonga Sangweni squeezed his header past Stemmer to make it 2-1.


  • Ishmael - 2012-05-12 18:08

    What a game! The best won..congratulations pirates.

  • maphobole.maphobole - 2012-05-12 18:15

    Up de ...( qedelela). Pirates hace shown a rare fighting spirit throughout the season, and the trip to Durban will be a formality. Credit must also go to Swallows who have managed to turn things around. Pirates dumela

  • thabane.dladla - 2012-05-12 18:30

    Another Triple to Parktown mm mm Up the bucs!!

  • Kekeletso.nax - 2012-05-12 18:34

    My Man of the Match: Tlou Segolela! #opfc4life

  • Samuel - 2012-05-12 18:44

    up the bucs congratulations but plz score early some of us have weak hearts

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-12 19:10

    Up the Bucs. Go for it boys!

      ramugumo.auriel - 2012-05-13 11:25

      Do NT frgt drw or lost swallows s around de corner chiefs supporters

      Godfrey - 2012-05-13 13:25

      Pirates showed yesterday that they are the best team in the country,they have a good fighting spirit..we deserve the title,UP THE BUCKS,u can love us or hate us,I'm sure u won't make or break us,we already at the finish line,finis and klaar.

  • tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-05-12 19:38

    Let's not celebrate too much before the last games that still needs to be played by both pirates and swallows. The birds are also looking good, however I was very much impressed by the way pirates came back from 1_ 0 down. Up the bucs. From a chiefs fan but I love soccer!!!

      Malope - 2012-05-14 10:19

      that's soccer spirit....let not see the scenario from Barclays.

  • Thebe - 2012-05-12 19:51

    In the true sense of the words - we are happy people. We need restore & intensify our slogan. Yeslike!

  • mbekiseni.ndlangamandla - 2012-05-12 20:29

    Halalaaaaaaaaaa ma Bhakabhaka buyisa umshini wami, Bucs already solve X therefore Y = X there is no need to panic, a game with Arrows is just to show that X=Y as it is already proven.

  • Jan Ramoshaba - 2012-05-12 20:34

    may the good team win i am khosi 4 life so who deserve it let t be dube birds n happy ppl on your marks get ready i like the feeling

  • thenjiwe.mabaso - 2012-05-12 21:58

    Pirate must score within the 1st 45 min cause they increasing our BP. Once Bucs always Bucs.

  • Freddy - 2012-05-13 08:12

    Irrespective of the final league table results in the english premiership, I stay with Manchester United. Cosmos must be crying crocodile tears as it goes to mvela league.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-05-13 09:35

    Yho! The boys were classic - what a clinical finish by Mbuyani and Sangweni!! Simba Marumo is right to have intimated that Pirates are Champs and have temperament. What a game? I haven't seem Pirates playing in a manner that they did for a longtime and have to be commended for their guts. I pray that they do not lower their guards until the last whistle against Arrows. I doff my hat to the boys and technical staff for good performance.

      Freddy - 2012-05-13 10:56

      This saying always applies: "It's not over untill the fat lady sings".

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  • Malope - 2012-05-14 10:07

    the race is on.....

  • mzijimmym - 2012-05-14 18:03

    Behold, I lift up my eyes and I can see, not in the distant horizon but but very near, I see Canaan land! Well done Mabhakabhaka! Thanks also to to Chiefs players who goes by the new slogan " Amakhosi for life but we will kill and die for Pirates" I promise we will not make therm feel like a used condom!

  • mbekiseni.ndlangamandla - 2012-05-14 22:42

    Happy are those who play a good soccer and win da beautiful game, siyaya e kzn to solve u X onga solveki. Halala mabhakabhaka. shapa bhakabhaka shapaaaa!!!!!!!

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