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Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows

Posted: 19 January 2011 Time: 21:28

Golden Arrows were no match for a well-drilled Orlando Pirates side that eased their way to a 2-0 win at Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Isaac Chansa put the Sea Robbers in the lead in the first half and the visitors clinched the points when Siyabonga Sangweni netted an own-goal in the second half.

Arrows would have come into this game very confident, having put in a five star performance over the weekend to beat their neighbours AmaZulu, but showed their opponents too much respect in this contest and ultimately paid the price, lacking the necessary verve to bag three points.

After a dreary opening ten minutes, the nearly 5,000 spectators in attendance were off their feet when Pirates’ Isaac Chansa found himself with only Arrows keeper Helton Da Rocha to beat but he shot over the bar.

Arrows got their supporters excited in the 20th minute when it looked like Norikazu Murakami found the back of the Pirates net with a powerful header from Itumeleng Duiker’s cross but their joy lasted for only a moment as the ball had actually crashed into the side netting.

The hosts should have taken the lead with the very next move when Siyabonga Nkosi powered down the right flank and sent in a pin-point cross to an unmarked Collins Mbesuma, unfortunately for Arrows the striker headed over from close range.

Arrows coach Zoran Fillipovic would have been disappointed at the manner in which his team conceded the first goal. Chansa, who is renowned for his striking abilities from distance, made the most of the shooting space given to him in the 28th minute. He duly obliged by firing home a powerful shot from about 20 metres away.

The visitors pulled further ahead in the 49th minute when Arrows defender Siyabonga Sangweni diverted Tlou Segolela’s corner kick into his own goal.

Arrows had a chance to claw their way back into the contest six minutes later when Russell Mlotshwa and Mbesuma combined to open up the Pirates defence, but keeper Senzo Meyiwa was able to tip Mbesuma’s well struck shot over his crossbar.

Right at the death both sides traded chances. Pirates’ Mark Mayambela forced Da Rocha to keep out his low effort and deep into stoppage the visitors’ defensive wall kept out Nkosi’s in-direct free-kick inside the Pirates goal area.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:44 pm
lucky win!...but krol is a good coach
posted: 09:47 pm
Where was Mbesuma? When has he scored against OPFC? I don't remember. Shapa tse ntsho shaaaaaaaaappaaaaa...regardless of what the people say about Krol...I stand by him. He is our coach at the end of the day and we have to be sensible at times and show our commitment and loyalty towards everyone in the club.

As much as I don't agree with the coach's tactics but I think for the spirit of the team we have to be solid and cohesive more than ever.
posted: 09:58 pm
Thank you Manyisa, atleast you brought something different. A much better performance Chansa showing climses of brilliance.
posted: 10:08 pm
Black and White till i die
posted: 10:08 pm
Krol is one lucky Madala
posted: 10:12 pm
Those players are carrying that coach.
posted: 10:14 pm
Let's wait n c how far lucky goals takes Chibuku FC. On the other hand the other headline sayS it perfect."Chiefs cruise past Amazulu".
posted: 10:16 pm
my blood is black jst like my skin.
posted: 10:22 pm
Boring game really...but congrats to Bucs.
posted: 10:26 pm
gr8 win Bucs. nd as usual thrash(cabbage) will be thrown @us as if we have lost . "Kakade izinja zikhonkotha imoto ehambayo hayi emiyo". Mr Krol i dnt care who you play as long as results come even if its by luck as some ppl claim. A win z awin. up the bucs
posted: 10:30 pm
Where is that DONKEY called MAKHOSONKE ZUMA with his predictions? He should never predict any games in the future, he is clueless & pathetic.
posted: 10:39 pm
Another fluke win...this team is lucky.
posted: 10:39 pm
boring is our game bt thanx 4 wining who those has faith with krol i wanna say sorry 2 them bcz this brain less will b history next season there we need a good man who knows football n african style of play?
posted: 10:43 pm
....well done pirates you r now helpin us to raise the soweto flag high.khosi 4 ever
posted: 10:54 pm
Hehehe, Kroll keeps on collecting but that is not enough to Pirates supporters. I guese they dont like his looks.
posted: 10:59 pm
Bucs are only wining cos thy hv galaxy of starz bt the team is nt plyng wel nd the coach is clueless,i dnt care if he wins the league i dnt wnt hm nxt season,Khoza shld fire hm nd gv the job 2 Roslee,i wil neva 4gv hm 4 losing 2wice in succesion 2 the weakest team in the league Kaizerbelz
posted: 11:13 pm
i wouldn't read too much in chibukus lucky win..into engiyaziyo nje ngabo ukuthi bayas'khapha nje kwi league ngoba ngeke badobhe lutho...into aboy'thola yi "THE MOST BALANCED TEAM AWARD"

The Ghost
posted: 11:24 pm
Tolly.ba.Thathe, indeed where was Mbesuma?
posted: 04:26 am
Well done bucs
posted: 05:18 am
Congratulations guys...u made us proud.gudluck 4 da next game.....
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