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Pirates back up to fourth

2014-03-29 20:16

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates moved back up to fourth place on the Absa Premiership log as they edged Moroka Swallows 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Dube Birds squandered chance after chance in the second half as Tlou Segolela’s first half strike remained the separating factor between the two teams.
 
Vladimir Vermezovic was marking his debut at Orlando Stadium since taking over the coaching role at the club earlier this month, and it was also his second Soweto derby encounter.
 
The first half chance of the fixture fell to Orlando Pirates when Mpho Makola looped a ball to Sifiso Myeni inside the box on eight minutes. The striker burst into the area but was brilliantly closed down by Greg Etafia.
 
Pirates deservingly took the lead four minutes later when Etafia palmed away Thabo Matlaba’s shot. It only got as far as Tlou Segolela, who was waiting at the back post, and he headed it into the back of an empty net.
 
Swallows’ first chance of the fixture arrived in the 21stminute  in which Senzo Meyiwa drew a save from Siyabonga Nomvethe. His chance was saved, but the rebounded effort by Felix Obada was scrambled away in a mix-up between defender and goalkeeper.
 
Then, on the stroke of the half hour, Rudi Isaacs did well to get above Lucky Lekgwathi and header in a corner kick but it failed to hit the target - going high and wide.
 
The Dube Birds were enjoying a good share of attacking possession and they were awarded a free-kick on 34 minutes, but Lerato Chabangu saw his strike sail narrowly over the crossbar.
 
Bucs made a change at the restart, seeing Lennox Bacela come off and replaced by Helder Pelembe, while Obada was the first to crack a whip at goal with a powerful effort that sailed past the far post.
 
Matlaba failed to test Etafia with his stinging snapshot on 50 minutes from the edge area and so did Myeni, as his shot lacked any form of power to worry the shot-stopper.
 
The tempo of the encounter took a sudden drop and, as a result, allowed for the Dube Birds to try take control of the encounter.
 
The Buccaneers were living life dangerously with just a quarter of an hour left and Meyiwa beat away Nomvethe’s header from a throw-in. Vuysile Wana tried to follow up with the rebound but it was pushed out for a corner.
 
Zeca Marques was lucky to see his team see out the game with 11 men after men after Levi Mokgothu was shown yellow for a crunching tackle on Happy Jele with ten minutes to go.

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Comments
  • Munjongo Jump The-Bullet - 2014-03-29 20:38

    Well done VV, you must ask Krol and De Sa, Segolela will make your dream come true and keep your job.

  • Abner Mophethe - 2014-03-29 21:36

    Makhosi a bapetse jwang

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2014-03-29 21:53

    This points donors[SwaLlows] are bound to fight for relegation,come the end of the season

  • Davide Mtshali - 2014-03-29 23:00

    GOOD WORK BOYS KEEP IT UP AYEYE PIRATES

  • bongumusa.goodman.1 - 2014-03-30 08:53

    According to the formation that is used at Pirates, Myeni is supposed to be the one who scores more goals but the poor guy fires blanks non stop, his shooting technique is very very poor these days, I wonder if he practices shooting in training, he gets into good positions but his finishing leaves a lot to be desired, Alaba (Matlaba) must help him.

  • bongumusa.goodman.1 - 2014-03-30 08:53

    According to the formation that is used at Pirates, Myeni is supposed to be the one who scores more goals but the poor guy fires blanks non stop, his shooting technique is very very poor these days, I wonder if he practices shooting in training, he gets into good positions but his finishing leaves a lot to be desired, Alaba (Matlaba) must help him.

  • cosmo4n - 2014-03-30 09:52

    If Myeni was as good as Matlaba, i m sure Pirates wont be having scoring problems, but alas, the guy is just too pathetic, he can go for 90mins without a shot on target (or at goal).., i wonder why he is still on the first 11. Anywhere, UP THE BUCS..!

  • Chenge Pandelani - 2014-03-30 10:40

    Up the bucs.....

  • France Ntuli - 2014-03-30 11:17

    We express our gratitude to the Almighty for guiding Bucs through the muddy waters.

  • Masixole Mnyani - 2014-03-30 12:41

    i think myeni must b benched 4erusmus then much better results wil cum otherwise welldone boys, up de ghost

      bongumusa.goodman.1 - 2014-03-30 13:56

      The problem with Pirates is that even if they play Erasmus with Pelembe they instruct Kermit to drop deep at times to assist in the midfield, and that translates to the 4-5-1 formation which has failed to produce goals for Pirates, Tinkler & Moloi influence VV to stick with the 4-5-1 formation which they themselves failed to perfect, WE WANT GOALSSSSS!!!!!!

  • Frekkie Patsa - 2014-04-03 00:30

    Editor please update pierats side, this team just lost to bo mafikizolo twice this season.Please wake up.

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