Free State Stars steal a last-minute goal against Orlando Pirates
Posted: 28 September 2011 Time: 21:30
Noah Chivuta scored at the death to hand Free State Stars their first win over Orlando Pirates in over a decade on Wednesday.
Ea Lla Koto had last beaten the Buccaneers in 1998/99 – also by a 1-0 score line – until Chivuta struck in injury time to hand the Free State side a narrow but deserved victory.
It is Pirates' third loss in the Premiership this season and although there is still a long way to go in the championship race, their hopes of defending the title already look under threat.
The hosts could have opened the scoring in just the fourth minute, but full-back Rudiger Gilbert scooped his shot over the crossbar.
Pirates also had early shots at goal through Andile Jali and Ruben Cloete, but both were comfortably handled by Stars keeper Kennedy Mweene.
Midway through the first half Pirates created a good opportunity to open the scoring through midfielder Oupa Manyisa, but he put his headed effort over the target.
Both teams struggled to create further chances and it was no surprise that the half-time score was 0-0.
The second half continued in much the same vein, but as the clock wound down it was the home team who gained the ascendancy and began to turn the screw on the visitors.
With just over 10 minutes to play, Stars very nearly broke the deadlock, as Brown got a shot on target only to see it cleared away from danger by Happy Jele.
The hosts continued to look the likelier scorers as full time neared, with striker Boitumelo Sekgobela shooting just wide of the near post on 84 minutes.
In injury time Ea Lla Koto were finally rewarded for their persistence, with Chivuta scoring direct from a free-kick to hand them a famous victory.