Thulasizwe Mbuyane scores late on for Orlando Pirates
Posted: 26 February 2011 Time: 17:31
Thulasize Mbuyane scored in the final minute as Orlando Pirates drew 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs at the Soweto Derby at Soccer City.
Some have said it wasn’t a classic match but if not it sure was high on entertainment and commitment.
As the Chiefs players left the field it was evident they felt they gave away a full three points, allowing Pirates to score so late in the game.
But the Pirates players were ecstatic afterwards, raising their arms high after a gutsy second half fight back.
It was Thulasizwe Mbuyane's header at the back post from Mabena's cross that earned the draw. Itumeleng Khune couldn't reach the deep cross, but 'Juju' did not miss out.
It had taken just twelve minutes for the opening goal. Tau and Dladla played a one-two on the right channel and Tau whipped in a perfect cross, which Motaung Jnr headed in from close range, although replays showed the ball came off his shoulder.
At this time, Chiefs were in control with some great combination play involving Josta Dladla, Yeye Letsholonyane and Knowledge Musona.
It has to be said that the ball was in Meyiwa’s territory, but in his defence he had two defenders in front of him challenging Motaung Jnr for the ball and so he couldn’t crowd the area.
Pirates’ first chance came after 23 minutes when Katlego Mashego broke free inside the area, but his right-footed shot flew across goal and out for a goal kick.
Pirates were much improved after the break, playing more as a unit, and they exerted some early pressure only to keep pushing Chiefs right until the death.
In the end a draw was a fair result as Pirates fought hard to create chances in he second half and it paid dividends.