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Posted: 10 February 2010 Time: 22:08

After four consecutive games without a win, Orlando Pirates were able to find a 2-0 victory against a stubborn AmaZulu at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Second half goals from Lucky Lekgwathi and Gert Schalkwyk handed the Buccaneers the victory in a game where they squandered numerous chance in front of goal.

The first 45 minutes saw AmaZulu stand firm and stubborn in defence as they thwarted the Pirates attacks time and again. What didn’t help the Buccaneers cause, however, was their poor finishing.

Pirates’ first real chance of the game came in the seventh minute when Dikgang Mabalane used his pace and trickery to attack down the left flank before cutting the ball back to an unmarked Isaac Chansa on the edge of the 18 yard box. Chansa, however, hurried his shot and hit it with no power, allowing the Usuthu keeper to make a comfortable save.

The Buccaneers should definitely have gone in front in the 23rd minute when a quick counter attack and a beautiful through ball saw Thulasizwe Mbuyane get behind the AmaZulu defence.

The Pirates player, however, opted to pass the ball across the face of goal, instead of going for a shot, where he tried to find an unmarked Bennett Chenene who was at full stretch to try and meet the pass. Unfortunately for his side he was an inch to short as the ball whistled past him.

A real thorn in the side of the AmaZulu defence was certainly Chansa, who proved difficult again in the 26th minute as he dribbled his way into the box, beating three defenders before he let loose with his right boot. Again his shooting was not at its best as he fired it straight at the keeper.

The only real chance Usuthu had in the first half came a minute before the break as a result of a mistake made at the back by the Buccaneers. Rooi Mahamutsa sprayed a pass across the face of goal that found Brad Ritson, who then only had the keeper to beat, but he skied his shot high over the crossbar.

Pirates came out the more determined side in the second half, and they didn’t have to wait to long before they found a goal.

In the 61st minute a long throw-in came into the AmaZulu box and a goalmouth scramble followed. The ball fell to Lucky Lekgwathi who expertly fired home a powerful volley from 12 yards out, 1-0.

From there on out it was all Pirates and it was only inevitable they would find a second goal. That strike came courtesy of Gert Schalkwyk in the 80th minute when he met the end of an inch perfect cross from Mbuyane.

The game ended 2-0 and the win took the Buccaneers up to fourth place on the log only two points behind their arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:21 pm
Pirates keeps hopes alive? Hopes for what Mr editor? Guys please don't come to work drunk, eish...!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 pm
wht hope u toking abt.The Championship is btwn Ssu nd SUNDOWNS.WE PLAYING DULL FOTBALL.
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
come on guys... its a hope of finishing above Abafazi bokuthuka nokuxoka(Zim chips).
Anonymous
posted: 11:13 pm
Tnx bucs 4 silencing d stupid kaizer draw fans.we just have 2 beat amakhosikazi n make sure we end above dem in d league.continue with ur 1 point collecting strategy ma talkatives.bucs r colecting 3 points now
Anonymous
posted: 12:04 am
congrats Pierats,heeei,u have been quite these days,almost non existant,still digesting the Sonono story?lolll,u r a clear example of what we call, *sleeping giants* of sa soccer,gooood nyt
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 12:40 am
After five consecutive games without a win, Orlando Pirates were able to find a 2-0 victory...
Please get your facts straight, they only went for 4 games without win. What's wrong with you haters????
Anonymous
posted: 07:02 am
check out the lates article on how Bernard Parker is finding life in Europe...go to www.totalfootball360.blogspot.com
Big Dude
posted: 07:55 am
Pirates last two games are going to be the toughest - especially in Mangaung
Anonymous
posted: 08:08 am
wel lets press harder though de title is gone.

we played very well.

once n alwayzzz!
Anonymous
posted: 08:20 am
mmmmmm.....after such a long time, pirates fans has finally emerged to to say now they will finish the league above chiefs and they are back in business......hehehehehe!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:28 am
Just for winning yesterday now the Bugs supporters are stretching their mouths to their ears all this time they they were dead silenced and some are dreaming to be above Chiefs because the only team that they think in the league is Chiefs,wow funny if it is like that only one win has awaken people from the graves like o King and j747 .Next time they will loose or draw believe me you .

Khosi By Intelligence Choice
Tshwane Derby
posted: 08:36 am
I hear that son-in-law promised his father-in-law that he will mention last nite's victory when delivering his the speech today so he can reduce the lobola money.otherwise well done lake robbers,you really needed that win.
skhebo in Gaborone
posted: 08:38 am
good win for Bucs but krol must go,still dont understand why shakira is not playing and rumour has it he is on his way out,we cant afford to loose more players who deserve to be in the starting line up

once a pirate always

c u guys in Gabs.5-0 will be acceptable
Anonymous
posted: 08:51 am
LOl..Holla ma-Lake robbers...where have you been ressurected from??
Anonymous
posted: 08:55 am
I honestly think pirates deserves to have a loud mouth because the over fried chips fans have been talking as if their better than pirates but now guess what they all have same points that proofs that as poor as how pirates played this season also the over fried chips has this season or maybe Chips still thinks they can win the Pretoria League heheehee... Anyway we all know now that the Pirates supporters are not as over fried as chips fans…. Thank God the sky is the limit…….
Anonymous
posted: 09:04 am

eish we won but we still need therapy, we need to win something....

I call upon all Bucs fans to attend the therapy session paid for by Umkhwenyana J Zuma at Luthuli house.

Mara Chiefs and Pirates now care about profits not fans anymore. Good luck to Sundowns
Anonymous
posted: 09:09 am
KING: 2010-02-11 09:04

For once, I agree......WE WILL BE BACK, ITS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAPPENS AND YOU CANT EVEN TELL WHY ITS HAPPENING
Anonymous
posted: 09:30 am
It will be justice served for The Bugs to finish above Kaizer Bush Bucks. The Bugs play well, Bush Bucks play crap.
Anonymous
posted: 09:51 am
Elijah's bones are back...
Hehehe...Up the Bucs
Fuze 1
posted: 09:57 am
SIBUSISO: 2010-02-11 08:20 [ Report ]
Sbu, I always say if you don't celebrate when your team is winning after a long time not winning then when you are going to celebrate. So celebrate even if its a case of being lucky or one win after so many draws. Pirates played far better football yesterday than prevous games
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