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Arrows put one over Pirates

Posted: 30 August 2008 Time: 17:03

Golden Arrows beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in their first game of the new season.

Kagiso Dikgacoi shrugged off the disappointment of an unsuccessful move to Fulham and opened the scoring for Arrows, while Teko Modise, Excellent Walaza and Benson Mhlongo came close for Pirates.

In the second half, Pirates tried to push men forward, but this opened up space for Arrows to use the long ball. Dikgacoi sprayed passes to the wings, finding Andile Nale in space at will. The home side were unable to convert their chances, however, and the game finished 1-0.

The game started energetically, and both teams ran at each other in an attempt to gain first advantage. The action, however, was confined to midfield, with goal attempts few and far between and confined to tame long-rang efforts.

The game sprang into life in the 21st minute, when Seema’s back-pass evaded Pirates keeper Moeneeb Josephs, who had to scramble to clear off the line and very nearly didn’t make it. The miscommunication seemed to rattle Pirates, and Arrows pressed the advantage.

Seconds later Dikgacoi’s long-range shot was deflected into the path of Philani Shange, whose powerful drive was tipped over the bar by Josephs. Arrows made it 1-0 from the resulting corner, Dikgacoi rising unchallenged on the edge of the six-yard box to head home on 22 minutes.

On the half-hour mark Teko Modise ballooned a long-range shot over the bar, with the second of Pirates’ weak first-half attempts on goal.

Pirates had a run on goal again five minutes from half-time, but Walaza’s shot went wide from close-range.

Arrows were the more dangerous side in the closing minutes of the first half, and went into the break deservedly 1-0 up.

Both teams came out all guns blazing in the second half.

Pirates opened the attack, and Modise’s free-kick from outside the area found Mhlongo, whose header was saved by Arrows keeper Brenden Wardle.

Arrows came back with two clear chances, and then earned a penalty in the 65th minutes, when Italo Fernandes was fouled by Linda Mkhwanazi in the box. Dikgacoi’s attempt was driven more or less to the centre of goal and was easily dealt with by Josephs.

A few minutes later Thulasiswe Mbuyane found space in the box, and his pile-driver shaved the upright. Modise suffered a similar fate in the 70th minute, when his third free-kick from the same area ricocheted off the post.

Walaza had a good shot on the turn on 75 minutes, but the ball went into the side netting. The young striker came close again four minutes later, when he muscled his way through two defenders to head the ball towards goal. The attempt drew a save from Wardle, who punched the ball against the post.

Mhlongo had a chance to secure a draw in the third minute of extra-time, but he blazed over from six yards with only the keeper to beat, and the game ended 1-0 to the home side.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:22 pm
I just don’t what to say about Pirates, what are Pirates objectives, Vision and Mission for 2008 and i am still wondering. Mr Motsepe's vision for Sundowns is to conquer Africa and domestic football and it looks like a reality because they are on The MTN Wafa Wafa Cup final. Please Mr Khoza what’s your vision about Pirates cause in my book pirates is slowly becoming a ordinary team. Media should start by saying big Teams Are Kaizer Chiefs, Sundowns and Others not Pirates Please Please Please Please....
Anonymous
posted: 05:23 pm
I just don’t what to say about Pirates, what are Pirates objectives, Vision and Mission for 2008 and i am still wondering. Mr Motsepe's vision for Sundowns is to conquer Africa and domestic football and it looks like a reality because they are on The MTN Wafa Wafa Cup final. Please Mr Khoza what’s your vision about Pirates cause in my book pirates is slowly becoming a ordinary team. Media should start by saying big Teams Are Kaizer Chiefs, Sundowns and Others not Pirates Please Please Please Please....
Anonymous
posted: 05:26 pm
Krol is planing his exit, the man can't survive until December. anyway they are better SA coaches than him. Pierates played like they never practiced together, each played individually than a team. if Khoza keep this mampara Pierates won't even be in to 10. they have the players but not a coach
Anonymous
posted: 05:30 pm
As for now, I can't just blame the players, personal the perfomances was absolutely good. However this should be the wake up call to the Orlando Pirstes organisation at large. I'll look forward to see the positive results from the boys. Kaizer
Anonymous
posted: 05:44 pm
i like what golden arrows did because because olarndo pirates is playing hide and seek with our two players from BOTSWANA,BOITUMELO NAVARA MAFOKO AND JOEL FIRE MOGOROSI.di tla ba betsa di team...........the management is the one to be blamed because they sign useless and old players benson mhlongo, and thembile kanono....and they do not want teko to go and play in england.thats rubbish....they cannot win if they do not bring back MAFOKO AND JOEL because those guys are utility players.MOGOGI GABONAMONG went to trials with orlando pirates and they refused to sign and he headed for santos and was succesful and they now want him?why because they did not want him first!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:18 pm
I only watched a few minutes of the game, therefore, it is best for me to reserve my comments. All I can say is that, it is still early days. I still maintain that Chiefs & pirates will be the teams to beat.
Anonymous
posted: 06:33 pm
Lets battle it out of the field in my fantasy league!!

FANTASY LEAGUE
League name: SASOCCERGURUS
League code: 14763657107836

DREAM TEAMS LEAGUE
League name: MZANSISOCCERGURUS
League code: 14763855978998
Anonymous
posted: 06:34 pm
arrows abafana base Lamonti are hot hot hot hot hot hot !!! Chillies!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:42 pm
Good point nicholus, look thier last three game, they lose all, kunzima e orlando .
Anonymous
posted: 08:21 pm
Still early but thats no excuse for a 'big' team like Pirates, surely they have n advantage of gud preparetions than any of these clubs but guess what Pirates do? "lose!" but nonetheless its d 1st game of d season and they gota get their act together n d early d beta.
Anonymous
posted: 08:28 pm
And to al d Bucceneers! Stil early to judge the technical team until we're MATHEMATICALY out of the LEAGUE contention, K? Than shut up about the Coach as we've hired n fired MANY before n stil with no SUCCESS! So now lets look at another solution not "fire d coach" as its d OLD tired excuse!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:31 pm
We've FIRED b4 n still no Titles, so maybe d SOLUTION this time will b to "KEEP THE COACH" there u head me.
Mighty Black,White n Red
posted: 10:54 pm
Gents some of you could be missing a point here Golden arrows did all their preparation in close doors while the likes of Orlando Pirates and Chiefs were entertaining bo Manchester and busy with charity.These teams had a good look at these teams and prepared accordingly ,Golden Arrows and Thanda were like a close book to Both Gauteng Giants.
Mighty Black,White n Red
posted: 10:57 pm
Gents some of you could be missing a point here Golden arrows did all their preparation in close doors while the likes of Orlando Pirates and Chiefs were entertaining bo Manchester and busy with charity.These teams had a good look at these teams and prepared accordingly ,Golden Arrows and Thanda were like a close book to Both Gauteng Giants.
Mighty Black,White n Red
posted: 10:58 pm
Gents some of you could be missing a point here Golden arrows did all their preparation in close doors while the likes of Orlando Pirates and Chiefs were entertaining bo Manchester and busy with charity.These teams had a good look at these teams and prepared accordingly ,Golden Arrows and Thanda were like a close book to Both Gauteng Giants.
Mighty Black,White n Red
posted: 11:00 pm
Gents some of you could be missing a point here Golden arrows did all their preparation in close doors while the likes of Orlando Pirates and Chiefs were entertaining bo Manchester and busy with charity.These teams had a good look at these teams and prepared accordingly ,Golden Arrows and Thanda were like a close book to Both Gauteng Giants.
Anonymous
posted: 12:04 am
tough luck guys. let's not lose forcus, our perfomance wasn't very bad. we could have forced a draw or probably a win.

up the Bucs
Anonymous
posted: 10:06 am
Look, to all those who are negative about Pirates and Krol they must shut the hell up, We love Pirates a lot.To all Kaizer Cheats fans and Sunflower fans. SHUP UP AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. Gavin Hunt did not have the best start last season and HE WONT THE LEAGUE WITH Shutup Sport. So there is no crises at Pirates. Krol knows what he is doing and players too. All teams go through this even Kaizer Cheats lost to Thanda. Well done to KZN teams!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:31 am
THANX VERY MUCH LORD, FOR THE NICEST WAY OF STARTING A SOCCER WEEK. THE KAIZER LOOSE DRAWS WENT DOWN ON ITS KNEES TO THE SO CALLED SMALL TEAM. THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME WHEN PEOPLE LIKE nicholus WERE STARTING TO BLAZE LIKE A PAPERS FIRE. I HOPE THEY LEARNT THAT YOU LOVE US ALL. AS BY TOMMOROW, I AM NEVER GONA BE SHY TO GO OUT AND FACE THE DAY, FOR YOU LOVE ME LIKE ANY OTHER PERSON. AYEYE KAIZER SHIT.
Anonymous
posted: 11:33 am
I LOVE ORLANDO PIRATES, THE MOTHER OF SOCCER AND ALL TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY. I AM PREPARED TO SHOOT AND KILL FOR PIRATES.
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