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Posted: 15 December 2009 Time: 21:39

A workman-like performance from Free State Stars saw them holding an unimpressive Orlando Pirates to a 0-0 draw at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was a game of few chances as neither side looked sharp in attack and both sets of defences were fairly comfortable for the entire game.

There was little goal-mouth action early on as neither side managed to create chances in attack, indeed it appeared as if the heavy fixture list had caught up with both sets of players as the game was rather lacklustre in the opening half.

While Pirates enjoyed more of the ball possession, the visiting team looked comfortable in defence as they adequately dealt with any attacks.

It took until the 29th minute for the first clear cut chance to arrive as Siphelele Mthembu did well to create an opening for his striker partner, Katlego Mashego, who reflexive toe-poke went the wrong side of the upright with only Stars goal keeper Kennedy Mweene to bear.

Ea Lla Koto had done little in attack in the opening 45 minutes, but came close to opening the scoring just before the break when a long throw-in lead to a goalmouth scramble that ended in Manti Moholo pulling the trigger from close range, but he was unable to beat Bucs keeper Moeneeb Josephs.

Pirates looked a bit more inspired after the half time break and were close to scoring in the 47th minute when Happy Jele arrived at the back post just too late to take advantage of Bennett Chenene’s probing cross.

Stars also enjoyed their moments in attack in the opening stages of the second half, but the game soon deteriorated into a similar pattern to that of the first as fouls and yellow cards to both sides occurred on a regular basis.

It was only in the 78th minute that the next chance arrived – after some good work by Andile Jali, the ball was shifted to Phenyo Mongalo inside the box, but the Botswana-born player’s effort was dismal.

Pirates did apply some pressure in the final minutes of the game, but poor execution and a lack of ideas around the opposition penalty area meant that Stars were comfortably able to hold on for a valuable away point.

The result sends Bucs up to third spot on the Absa Premiership log, but the result will still be viewed as two points lost by Ruud Krol’s men.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:57 pm
I knew it pie-rats r dead,their logo says it all,if eva u wanna watch hetrick or brace goal scoring club watch downs 2moro and the score line would defenently be 3-0 to downs ""shapa samba boys shapa""
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
he he he! The draw specialists. They r consistently inconsistent. Winning last night, drawing today only to lose tomorrow. They r blowing hot and cold. Surely their fan's hearts r doing the same. Beating faster now only to go slow next. Pie-Rats sucks, ha ha ha!
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 pm
Dis team is cursed..anada dry season empty trophy cabinet.nc nc nc.shame nappy people...mr kraal is defenatly lost.jaah dis team is going nowhere @ an alarming rate.ezibomvu ngenkani ooops!! I mean ezimnyama ngenkani
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
every1 was saying pie-rats started where they left off last season,but look what they r doing they just play soek-soek football.the captain 2 lift major trophy 4 pie-rats hasn't been born yet.seema,lekgwathi&teko monyise are good 4 that charity plastic trophy.4 da brazilians good luck boys 4 da game against maritzburg.
Anonymous
posted: 11:12 pm
its a shame,nd its nt funny any more,i think they should change isangoma ngoba i suspect they r stil using the same sangoma esathi they should put a red in their kit so that they cn win smthng,

jali is already talking about next season whch means they hav lost hope
Anonymous
posted: 11:19 pm
its a shame,nd its nt funny any more,i think they should change isangoma ngoba i suspect they r stil using the same sangoma esathi they should put a red in their kit so that they cn win smthng,

jali is already talking about next season whch means they hav lost hope
Anonymous
posted: 06:19 am
with pie-rats hu cares.
Anonymous
posted: 06:48 am
What a boring game!

The standard of PSL matches is pathetic....!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:09 am
pap-rats played very well and they deserve da draw..mthembu is on top form hehehe by da way how many goals has mthembu scored this season?i c ANOTHER DRY SEASON @ pap-rats oh sorry they have won da CHARITY CUP hehehe kikikiki hehehe
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 07:57 am
I think this serves Pie-rats stupid fans right.THe likes of Digga and other fool. ONe fool declared in this forum that they will win the league with 5 games to spare.Now look, they are OUT of contention with 8 games to spare.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:03 am
What's more with the kind of fans this team has they will take another 10 years to win anything. Their stupid fans are not loyal supporters.When the chips are down they hide and don't go to the stadium.LAst nite they were watching on TV for sure.HAd they won and SS lose today they wud open their dirty mouths and go to the stadium for the next match, shouting "we gonna win the league".They deserve all the pain.Long may they continue to suffer.
Mystique
posted: 08:04 am
I know Pirates players, and i can tell when they play their hearts out. I remember the last season that Pirates had with Papic, they were brilliant and it was clear that they played good entertaining soccer but only lacked goals.

But the Pirates of Last night their moral was pretty low. It seems like they are tired of Krol, so they drag their feet all over the pitch. I remember when a long ball was played to Kennedy Mweeni, no one challeged Kennedy to play the ball quickly. They left Ken to play the ball in his own time, and that was the 60th minute of the game if im not mistaken. But overall the game was boring like a long political speech.
Bigman
posted: 08:10 am
Krol never believed in rotation system...now is haunting him....when the team is doing well the should/must sub some of his important players to make provision for plan in case of injuries and/or suspension.

I thought it common sense but now it seems very unique to Mr Krol...he must take a leave from Stova's book...even VW tries it but is being let down by quality at his disposal
Kideo007
posted: 08:21 am
Can someone here tell me, where is Joseph Makhanya, damn the boy's talent is being wasted now. I think Augusto Palacious must start demand explanations from Irvin Khoza of what's the use of having the development side whereas at the end of the day is being wasted. Look now, where is Tso; Tau; Makhanya; Mokoena...damn this really sucks.
Anonymous
posted: 09:30 am
Can someone here tell me, where is Joseph Makhanya, damn the boy's talent is being wasted now. I think Augusto Palacious must start demand explanations from Irvin Khoza of what's the use of having the development side whereas at the end of the day is being wasted. Look now, where is Tso; Tau; Makhanya; Mokoena...damn this really sucks.

i see dis boy in de street of soweto buy a kota is no longer playeying soccer.
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 am
the fact that pirates trained after the end of last season, 3 1st x1 players that played in confed, the useless high nr of pre season games showed clearly! To give players 4 weeks to recover is not a sin.
Thokozani
posted: 10:31 am
Hayi bo Thabang...have you crossed the floor? Welcome to the home of style man..I'm glad u came to your senses while there was still time...

What's wrong with pirates vele? What happened to "Total Football"?
Anonymous
posted: 08:44 am
eish..its tough the ship has hit the iceberg and is sinking..sorry bhakajuju, at least uve been numba 1 on the log before
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