Absa Premiership

Chiefs, Pirates share spoils in Soweto derby

2019-02-09 17:38
Teenage Hadebe of Kazier Chiefs and Xola Mlambo of
Teenage Hadebe of Kazier Chiefs and Xola Mlambo of Orlando Pirates (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates played to a 1-all draw in their Absa Premiership derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

As it happened: Chiefs 1-1 Pirates

Chiefs opened the scoring via a penalty from Daniel Cardoso in the 53rd minute, before Pirates hit back with a goal from Thembinkosi Lorch in the 80th minute.

Chiefs started well and managed to create an opening as Khama Billiat got behind the Pirates defence, yet his strike from a narrow angle was parried to safety by Wayne Sandilands at the near post.

Bucs were next to threaten as Ben Motshwari broke through on goal down the middle with the chance to hit a shot. However, Teenage Hadebe came racing across to make a fine goal-saving block on his strike.

There was a scary moment in the first half as Sandilands came out to punch a ball. Bernard Parker got ahead of him with his head and the ball went into the side-netting. With that said, there was a huge collision with the 'keeper seemingly knocked out.

Nonetheless, he showed guts by dusting himself off to continue in goal for the away side.

It was again the Sea Robbers who spurned another opportunity when Vincent Pule's cross from the left flank was missed by Justin Shonga, when any contact may have resulted in a goal.

The game became scrappy thereafter with few chances in the final third and it ended 0-0 at half-time.

After the break, the action was once again fractious though the first goal arrived in the 54th minute through an error by Asavela Mbekile.

He was dispossessed by Billiat who ran towards goal from the left flank. Mbekile charged back and was adjudged to have brought down the Zimbabwe star in the box, though it appeared harsh.

Cardoso stepped up to slot home the penalty beyond Sandilands. Not long afterwards, Parker struck over the bar as Pirates struggled to create openings.

It took until the 71st minute before the visitors registered a strike on target, highlighting their frustrations.

Out of nowhere in the 80th minute Ben Motshwari played a pass through an eye of a needle, before Lorch ran around Daniel Akpeyi to slot home with confidence.

It was the 53rd draw in a Soweto derby. Pirates are now unbeaten in the 12 derby clashes against Chiefs.

 

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Saturday, 21 September 2019
Stellenbosch v Black Leopards, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v SuperSport United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 18:00
Wits v Orlando Pirates, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Cape Town City v Golden Arrows, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Highlands Park, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
AmaZulu v Kaizer Chiefs, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
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