Cape Town - Orlando Pirates recorded their fourth
consecutive Absa Premiership win on Saturday as they beat
AmaZulu 1-0 in a keenly contested clash at the Orlando Stadium.
Usuthu looked strong in the early exchanges and caused real problems
for the Pirates defence. Sibusiso Mabiliso whipped in a low cross from
the left flank and almost found Bongi Ntuli, but the ball was just beyond
The away side were on the attack again 10 minutes later as Siphelele
Magubane curled a shot from the edge of the Bucs area, but it went wide
of the far post.
At the other end of the pitch Pirates had their only real chance of
the first half when Fortune Makaringe played the ball through for Luvuyo
Memela to run onto. However, Siyabonga Mbatha came out quickly to
smother the shot.
Ntuli showed off his strength for as the AmaZulu forward chested the
ball down from a throw-in, turned, and then beat two defenders to break
through on goal but a last-ditch tackle denied him.
Usuthu looked good on the attack once again as Sphesihle Maduna drove
forward towards the byline before pulling the ball back for Siyethemba
Sithebe to put his foot through, but it went straight at Wayne
Despite AmaZulu creating the majority of the chances in the opening
half, it was Josef Zinnbauer's charges who found the back of the
opposition's net in the 52nd minute. Thembinkosi Lorch received the ball
in space on the right wing and crossed towards Vincent Pule who made a
fantastic run towards the near post before finding home from close
Pirates took control of the game as the second half progressed and
created numerous chances to double their lead. Bucs counter-attacked
with pace as AmaZulu tried to press forward in search of the equaliser.
The home team came within inches of scoring their second in the 66th
minute when Sam drove deep into the AmaZulu box before rattling the near
post with a shot from a tight angle.
Shortly thereafter another chance fell for Zinnbauer's men as
Makaringe found space to shoot, but Mbatha made a great save low to his
left to keep Usuthu in the game.
Yet another chance arrived for Pirates in the last few minutes as
Memela whipped in a free kick from the left flank towards the near post
where Gabadinho Mhango made a great connection with his head.
Man-of-the-match Mbatha made another top stop to deny the hosts their
second but they nonetheless came out on top in the end with a 1-0
victory - their fourth on the trot.