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Ralph Matema celebrates his goal.

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Pirates and Stars draw

Posted: 15 December 2007 Time: 20:31

Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars got a point each when they drew 1-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Johannesburg Stadium on Saturday evening.

Ralph Matema scored for Pirates in the first half and Prince Olomu got the equaliser for Stars early in the second half.

Bennett Chenene expertly picked out Matema in the box and the Zimbabwean casually fired home. Kennedy Mweene got a hand to the ball but it just snuck underneath him to give Bucs the lead in the 10th minute.

Five minutes later Excellent Walaza fired in a rocket but Mweene was up to the task and made a fine save. It was all Pirates as they pressed Stars in their half with skipper Teko Modise controlling play from midfield. Coach Owen Da Gama was livid and ran on to the field when his playmaker was viciously hacked down by Stars defender Sipho Nkosi.

Modise returned to the field minutes later unharmed to the delight of the fans. Stars though were getting in a rhythm. Led by Diyo Sibisi upfront, the visitors troubled Bucs on the counter-attack.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane set Sibisi up for a scoring chance just on the half-hour but the strikers was a little late to connect with the ball.

Three minutes after the break Stars caught Pirates napping. Fanyana Dhladhla fought off Innocent Mdledle and then sent a low ball in to the penalty area which Olomu slotted home to silence the partisan crowd.

Modise had a good chance to put his side back in the lead in the 56th minute. The skipper stung Mweene's palms with a free kick from just outside the 18-yard area.

Lebohang Mokoena missed a glorious chance in the 68th minute. Walaza's shot went wide and to the feet of Mokoena, who from five yards out tamely struck the ball straight at Mweene for him to make an easy save.

In the end both sides had to settle for a hard-fought point.

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:35 pm
Well don Mr Owen and your guys keep up the good work. We need any cup this season.
Anonymous
posted: 04:29 am
Dropping 4 easy points in 2 games Mr ODG is writing his own resignation letter.
Anonymous
posted: 03:48 pm
please leave ODG alone.he is trying his best to better the players confidence.
Anonymous
posted: 04:33 pm
So soorry that you feel offended Mpho but this has to be said. My brother the truth will always stand. ODG was getting the results cos the players were still trying to impress him. It is now time for him to prove his coaching prowess. By the way how different is ODG's style of play and methods to that of Kosta Papic? Papic also played entertaining football but when it came to the crunch, zilch. Is this the case with ODG. Only time will tell.
Anonymous
posted: 04:42 pm
So soorry that you feel offended Mpho but this has to be said. My brother the truth will always stand. ODG was getting the results cos the players were still trying to impress him. It is now time for him to prove his coaching prowess. By the way how different is ODG's style of play and methods to that of Kosta Papic? Papic also played entertaining football but when it came to the crunch, zilch. Is this the case with ODG. Only time will tell.
Anonymous
posted: 09:01 am
not good enough to draw at home we seem to be dr
Anonymous
posted: 11:49 am
Pirates supporters why are you always blaming the coach,you cant win them all at least ODG changed pirates from what it was and you dont even thank him for that,i think pirates have finally got its wining combination and that shows improvement.the league this season is tight two darows i think is not bad.
Anonymous
posted: 03:00 pm
How can Pirates with their pride and the pride of owen dagama draw with a small team like Free state stars? shameeee. Chiefs hamered free state stars. Now pirates are in sixth position, wait and see how dagama will go back quickly than he came at pirates
Anonymous
posted: 03:21 pm
That was the strongest line up pirates can ever have so far, with the likes of the so highly rated modise, walaza, chenene, who are also called up for bafana, only to draw with a small team like free state stars? wait and see in the second half of the Psl, pirates bones on its skeleton will be dropping off one by one, and proud dagama will leave pirates quicker than he came, even than mutombo. He thinks he is the best coach when he is just taking advantage of the young payers at pirates. Dagama there is nothing new you have brought at pirates to bost about, please.
Anonymous
posted: 11:30 am
MR CYP you cant call FS Stars a small team what do you mean buy small team, you are trapped in the old days football in this country have change the same team you call small team is playing good foot ball and is NO 2 and pirates "Big Team" is NO: 6 so please choose your words carefully, you have stars called for Bafana but wining is not about who, is about team effort. And if a team has bean beaten by chiefs doesn’t mean you will beat it. When last did you win a cup "Big Team"?
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