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Orlando Pirates beat Moroka Swallows

Posted: 6 April 2011 Time: 22:06

Orlando Pirates are back on top of the League standings after a 2-0 win against Moroka Swallows on Wednesday evening.

Dikgang Mabalane continued his impressive return from long-term injury by scoring both goals early in the match.

With Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns drawing 4-4 in Atteridgeville, Bucs took full advantage of their two title rivals dropping points and now lead the standings on goal-difference ahead of the Urban Warriors.

The Birds, meanwhile, remain in the relegation play-off spot (15th), missing out on the chance to leapfrog Maritzburg United, who were thumped 4-1 by Free State Stars earlier in the day.

Pirates got off to a flyer thanks to the two early goals from Mabalane. The winger had netted a goal in a weekend cup win over United FC, his first appearance after a long injury lay-off, and he continued his form against the Birds, beating Greg Etafia with a well-struck drive from just outside the area.

And seven minutes later the hosts sent their winger free on goal – he coolly waited for Etafia to go to ground before chipping it over the keeper to net his second.

Swallows’ best chance to before the break arrived in the 38th minute when Siyabonga Nomvete fired in a low shot, only for Senzo Meyiwa to make a fine save. Left Tsutsulupa was first to the rebound, but he failed to direct his shot on target.

The second half saw few scoring chances for either team, with Pirates seemingly content to sit on their lead. The Birds’ best effort came from Oscar Machapa in the 74th minute, with the Zimbabwean driving a fierce long-range shot just wide.

Both Thulasizwe Mbuyane and substitute Katlego Mashego had chances to do so in the dying minutes, but they both scooped their shots over the crossbar.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:15 pm
Not surprising results at all because we predicted it. A win for the only team that has quality and galaxy of stars. What about other teams?
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 pm
We, if I am right with Mopheme, said that a draw for the other 3 fake teams and win for Tse Ntsho tsa Motlhaba...hawueeeeeeeeeennnggggg!

What I know is that re a shaaaaaaaapaaa rona.
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 pm
its high timd tht pirates win da league en our critics wl b ashamed of their anti-pirates antics. Up th bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 pm
*singing*uyay bona le kaizer eyayihlekisa ngati namhlanj isiyinganekwane.LOL.kaizer chiefs fans iwan't 2 u 2 repeat evrting u said bout us wen u lost 2 ajax
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
Piraters will win this league Washa, baphi o Binladen?
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
We top of the summit again,thanks to Ajax v Sundowns draw.its a three horse race & we have a real chance.where are Ajax Chimps baboons?again they fail to beat Wits.owai,they talk too much but they don't have the spine!
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 pm
Iyo webhakaniya kwenzenjani... Sesiphula abantu izinhliziyo bhakaniya kwenzenjani
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 10:35 pm
Ya ne, re thabela win maar not convincing.. Better to keep quite, I don't want to be counter-productive like Chery ya Kruel, Mbuyane, I still don't understand when does the coach decide when to replace him, it looks like it's not an option.

My take is ko team listing, When Kruel makes copies, Mbuyane's name is pre-printed. He even forgets to remove him when he is suspended or injured until reminded by the technical team.

Love my Pirates but hate Kruel and mazinyo.com( Mbuyane)
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
Da race is still on,ajax thnx again 4 keepng that top spot again,the owners r bck in da spot.as 4 u abomalala kupipe(chiefs)welldne wit ur lovely draw n 4 ur support 2 da dube birds.shapa pirates shapa.bucselona
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
thanx downs 4 rolling de red carpet 4 de might bucs. Shapa mabalane shapa. Proud 2 be a bhakaniya. Wel done boyz.
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 10:38 pm
Some fine work from the Sunflops and Wits, they don't disappoint , that's how today's script was written.
bondocean
posted: 10:41 pm
So Pirates are again joint top of the table. Hanging by a thread but with easier games to play, should have a chance to go all the way. Not in the same class as Ajax who now need to beat all the teams including Chiefs away and score sufficient goals to haul in the deficit. Its still on...
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 pm
I jst want 2 knw one were kable thieves big stinky mouth fans.lyk always nowhere 2b seen.
Anonymous
posted: 10:45 pm
we are back at the summit.to ajax thanks 4 holding the umbrella 4 us.u did wat u r gud at handsomely.
Anonymous
posted: 10:45 pm
Nw dt we've given all da ada 3 pretenders a chance to occupy da top spot, it's tym to occupy it until da fat lady sings...

We let Sunflops occupy it for da 1st half of da season, Ajax 4 abt 2 wks and, wait 4 it, Conducive FC only 92 minutes to occupy it... Lolest

Shapa da Galaxy Shapa...
The Ghost
posted: 10:47 pm
Tolly.ba.Thathe : 2011-04-06 22:15

Not surprising results at all because we predicted it. A win for the only team that has quality and galaxy of stars. What about other teams?

You are right mei broer .... NEVER BET AGAINST A SURE THING ... UP THE BUCS!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 pm
birds players dont respect the supportes & the teams jessey anymore thanx to players like nomvethe,negadze for good work
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 pm
ngithanda iPirates more than my boyfriend *singing*
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:50 pm
And i quote

Mriyo: 2011-04-06 11:45

Bucs wil top da league 2nite on goal deference,sundowns n ajax wil play a draw,chimps wil draw as well while bucs win 2-1 n hence we wil leed by dat one goal.Mriyo the octopus
bondocean
posted: 10:50 pm
So Pirates are back in joint top position. Can they maintain the momentum? They certainly have the easier run in to the title so have a good chance. Don't have the class of Ajax who need to win all their remaining games including the one with Chiefs away. ALSO have to score lots of goals to make up the deficit. Got a feeling they'll pull through.
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