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Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows in a League match

Posted: 21 December 2011 Time: 21:26

Orlando Pirates moved up to fifth place on the Absa Premiership table with a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Second half goals from Isaac Chansa and Tokelo Rantie handed the Buccaneers a deserved win that sees them end a highly successful calendar year on a high note.

Abafana Bes’thende remain a work in progress under Muhsin Ertugral and ended the year placed 12th on the log, four points above the danger zone.

The first half was a subdued and uninspiring affair, with neither team able to get into any kind of rhythm as far as their attacking play was concerned.

For Pirates, Benni McCarthy looked off the pace and lacked sufficient service and support, while Arrows’ strike partnership of Collins Mbesuma and Thamsanqa Gabuza should have been a handful for Bucs’ backline yet proved to be anything but.

The defences were certainly on top in the first 45 minutes and neither Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs not his counterpart at Arrows, young Nkosingiphile Gumede, were called upon to do any kind of challenging work.

Bucs started the second half looking a lot livelier but it was Arrows who created the first genuine scoring chance of the game in the 54th minute: Mbesuma drove down the left flank and provided a perfect cross for his partner Gabuza, but the striker directed his shot wide of the near post.

Seven minutes later Pirates made their visitors pay for that miss, taking the lead through midfielder Isaac Chansa. The Zambian got on the end of a fine cross from Daine Klate and arrowed a header into the bottom corner of the net, giving Gumede no chance of a save.

Arrows almost drew level with just under a quarter hour to play when Dillon Sheppard’s free kick flew toward the top corner of Pirates’ net, but Josephs produced a brilliant save to palm the ball away and keep his team in the ascendancy.

Once again the hosts reacted superbly to a chance for Arrows and doubled their lead in the 83rd minute. Klate was again the architect, providing a great ball into the box from a free kick that substitute Tokelo Rantie fired home to make the game safe for the Buccaneers.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:46 pm
Amabhakaniya ajabulile...
Anonymous
posted: 09:47 pm
A galux of stars.Football 101 was mastered at the university of Orlando.
Laaste Khosi - Capo di tutti_di hond
posted: 09:50 pm
With the relationship between Mato and Irvin, it was expected and obvious that Rats would win.
Anonymous
posted: 09:50 pm
Chibuku FC need to work harder to remain in the Top8. As for the lig they must just forget. It is between Chiefs and Sundunusa.
Anonymous
posted: 09:51 pm
What a good holiday?
Anonymous
posted: 09:51 pm
sekunjalo ma BHAKAJUJU,A job well done boys, tough luck to makufe chiefs fc.
Njabzah Zuma (4-OPFC)
posted: 09:52 pm
Shapa bhakaniya shapa! Thats all I can say.
Anonymous
posted: 09:52 pm
Ke rata Pirates. Merry xmas and happy new year to all the soccer lovers. 2011 was a great year...
Anonymous
posted: 09:53 pm
Quality and Quantity = Galaxy of stars! What a happy year we had! 6 consecutive cup finals and 5 in da cabinet. That's history and we proud of you boys! Technical team, management and players as well as supporters your contribution restored Bucs pride and made us the biggerst brand in da SADC region. All Buccaneers and haters, merry christmas and happy new year! May the lord be with you in your traveling. Once and always until we die. Up the happy Bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 09:54 pm
Up the bucs.....
Anonymous
posted: 09:57 pm
Monza this is a race, we will talk next year march. I dont see chimps taking it.
Anonymous
posted: 09:57 pm
The results between Rats FC and Arrows is always known. Like Edwin said Mato ke nyatsi ya mafia so PieRats are always assured of 6 points against Arrows evry czn. When did the Rats lose against Arrows and when last did Chibuku win against Amazulu ?
Anonymous
posted: 10:02 pm
well done league,mtn8,nedbank,carling cup,telkom knockout champs
Anonymous
posted: 10:03 pm
Had Arrows taken their clear chances which were prevented by muti we could be talking a different story.did I see a clear penulty denied.Cowza nd his black envelope at it again
Anonymous
posted: 10:05 pm
Chibuku FC or shud I say Cossa will always screw Arrows on and off the field.so this result is always expected.It,s a pity Chibuku can only play Arrows twice in a sezin. Having said that pls look @ the log Mabukubuku you are still down there eating our farting. We shall fart into yo ugly faces till end of the sezin. Take this pweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee dimpya ke lona
Anonymous
posted: 10:09 pm
After 1st half of da sizin I can tell now that Sundowns, Ajax and Pirates are contandors the rest r pretendors 1 tim I'm sure is going to Mvela is Cosmos not cause they are bad but cause they have what it takes: bad luck. Happy Christmas, Don't fool yourself drink and drive.
Anonymous
posted: 10:10 pm
Indeed amabhakaniya ajabulile afta a Historic season n i therefore want to Wish Every Bhakaniya Out there a Merry Christmas n a Happy Prosperous New year.

To u the haters u knw urselfs i wish u a merry Christmas n happy new n thank u for making this ride so worthwhile with ur jelousy n hatred for my beloved bucs,,,,thank u guys n girls am a Happy Champ Today bcos of u hatred for the Mightiest team on planet earth.

Tsipaaaa tse ntsho tse ntsho Tsipaaaaa untill Chimps fans understand tht this league is a Marathon n u r bound to loose n get points along the way.

Ichuuuuuuuuuuuu wanthungela shame!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:11 pm
Had Arrows taken their clear chances which were prevented by muti we could be talking a different story.did I see a clear penulty denied.Cowza nd his black envelope at it again
Anonymous
posted: 10:11 pm
Woza january woza window period kukhona abazokhala. They can call us names all they know is playing draws. They talk too much and fail to perform. Bhakaniya kuze kuyovalwa.
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
Idnt kno wat 2cey so letz cey UP THE BUCS
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