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Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United PSL

Posted: 2 December 2014 Time: 18:30

With just a few games to go before the Soweto Derby, the pressure increased on Orlando Pirates following a 2-1 Absa Premiership defeat to Maritzburg United at Soccer City.

A brace from Mohammed Anas did the job for Steve Komphela’s men, with Kermit Erasmus getting the goal for the Buccaneers.

Needing a win to build some much-needed momentum ahead of the clash against Kaizer Chiefs, the hosts got off to the worst possible start, with Anas firing in from close range in the second minute.

Thokozani Sekotlong lost his marker before teeing up the Ghanaian, who finished from point-blank range to stun the few who gathered at the 2010 World Cup Final venue.

Robyn Johannes headed straight at Brighton Mhlongo before Thabo Matlaba fired wide from a good position, but Pirates got their equaliser in the 33rd minute following a sustained spell of pressure. Matlaba broke forward before finding Erasmus, who fired past an unmoved Virgil Vries from the edge of the area.

Matlaba’s good work though, was undone on the cusp of half-time. The fullback failed to clear his lines and let in Mondli Cele, who in turn picked out Anas, who beat Brighton Mhlongo for the second time.

Maritzburg continued to press forward after the break and Sekotlong should’ve doubled the hosts lead in the 70th minute. Having beaten Mhlongo to the ball, the former AmaTuks striker looked sure to score, but he could only manage to head his effort over the crossbar.

Mhlongo also pulled off one of the saves of the season, denying Mondli Cele with a low one-handed save.

Pirates pushed forward in the dying embers of the encounter, but Maritzburg ultimately saw out the game with relative ease, with the hosts only managing a single shot on target in the second half.

HOME: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Vladimir Vermezovic
Formation: four two three one

AWAY: Maritzburg United

Coach: Steve Komphela
Formation: four three three

Livefyre comments on this story...

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-12-02 16:34:36

Mara VV usenzani,why is this man torturing us,what did Phungwayo do wrong to sit on the bench?

? Chief Tsonga ?
posted: 2014-12-02 16:42:55

He is no Thabo Matlaba

Sbu Webhakabhaka
posted: 2014-12-02 16:45:54

Yaa neh! I give up now with this VV. Mara why so many changes? Eish this cowch madoda.

Lometu
posted: 2014-12-02 16:46:25

yerrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Lufunot
posted: 2014-12-02 16:46:33

Erasmiss on the starting xi, why no MAJORO?? that guy is a real finisher well am not a rat so I don't care..

Patricmbedesho Buccaneer
posted: 2014-12-02 16:47:33

VV must go back to his country, he doesn't know what he is doing, how he gcaba bcz that player is very weak n slowly

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-12-02 16:50:19

Meaning?coz Phungwayo is pure quality

Mandingo of soccer
posted: 2014-12-02 16:50:55

Please VV field bacela n I promise we will return the favour by fielding Nkatha...don't we just love it when these 2 cows play

Lometu
posted: 2014-12-02 16:52:49

vv is running out of ideas and he doesnt know what he is doing anymore.....pirates seems to be big for him.

Lometu
posted: 2014-12-02 16:54:07

this clown seems to be confused.

khaya83 #Buccaneer#
posted: 2014-12-02 16:54:14

Phungwayo was playing on sunday, he's probably resting him for the derby

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-12-02 16:54:38

Six changes? Hahahaha.... VV is lost.

Lometu
posted: 2014-12-02 16:55:08

this is totally madness

KiloEcho
posted: 2014-12-02 16:55:50

vv wa di draw, carry on


what a lovely draw 

Khosi5yd
posted: 2014-12-02 16:56:37

When I said Phungwayo will be relegated to the bench, somebody said I must mind my business, where is he now?

khaya83 #Buccaneer#
posted: 2014-12-02 16:57:32

Guys let's stop pointing fingers and support the team, the derby is aaround the corner the we plays sun clowns it's gonna b a busy week

khaya83 #Buccaneer#
posted: 2014-12-02 16:59:01

Khosi focus on your chips and leave our team alone phungwayo played 2 days ago he deserves a rest

? Chief Tsonga ?
posted: 2014-12-02 17:00:28

Favoritism

djdont
posted: 2014-12-02 17:02:52

Vv is doing finder finder...

KiloEcho
posted: 2014-12-02 17:04:23

Khosi5yd yeah they took you for a fool

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