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Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards

Posted: 15 February 2012 Time: 21:37

Orlando Pirates started the second half of the season on a winning note, beating Black Leopards 1-0 at Orlando Stadium.

An early Thulasizwe Mbuyane goal was all that separated the teams as Bucs put up a pretty uninspiring performance, but did enough to hold out for the three points against a Leopards team that never had enough in attack.

Pirates started the match strongly and could have opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute when Benni McCarthy set up Siyabonga Sangweni with a one-on-one chance against the goalkeeper, but the defender missed his attempted volley.

As it was, Bucs took the lead just three minutes later. Right-back Bheki Nzunga provided a great cross and Mbuyane buried a bullet header into the top corner.

On the quarter-hour mark Pirates should have made it 2-0 as Lucky Lekgwathi had a free header from a corner-kick, but the skipper completely mis-timed his effort and the ball bounced wide.

As the half wore on Pirates lost their early sharpness and rhythm, allowing Leopards to come into the game more. However, apart from a half chance for Benedict Vilakazi – where the midfielder hesitated when presented with a shooting chance – the visitors hardly troubled Bucs’ backline.

Leopards made a double change early in the second half, sending on Humphrey Khoza and Rodney Ramagalela. The tactical shuffle certainly saw the Limpopo team up their game in attack, though they were unable to create any clear scoring chances.

Pirates continued to look disjointed in attack, though another good cross from Nzunga handed Mabena a scoring chance from which the forward placed a diving header straight at the keeper, while Rooi Mahamutsa also had a header from a corner sail over.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:32 pm
After Afcon its a slow start from the blocks.
posted: 09:38 pm
Why our coach gambled with a 1-0 score by failn 2 do a proper substitutions în time. Nonetheless, up the Bucs.
posted: 09:39 pm
Admittedly my Pirates won but I wonder why some of the players are still playing ahead of others!I was impressed by Nzungu though,he is coming right and I thought he deserved man of the match without taking anything away from Thandani! Mabena,!more questions than answers!!the boy has talent but...
posted: 09:39 pm
shapa! juju, shapa!
posted: 09:44 pm
Up the bucs. Atleast we won
posted: 09:44 pm
Kak game. I'll take the 3 points though.

Once a Happy Person Always a Happy Ghost
posted: 09:48 pm
Jujulize them jujuman,,much as it was a crafty win we welcome the much neede three points as we want to take wat is rightfully ours the Piartes Soccer League.

As for Leal am not impressed with ur continued late subs even while its clear tht u need to add fresh legs,hope u learned something in this game.

Tsipaaa tse ntsho Tsipaaa

Ichuuuuuuu rea ba thungela for sure!!!
posted: 09:50 pm
there is no bad win, 3 points is in the bag, saturday going PE for champions league ( african uefa). Thanx guyz the bit goes on May here we come.
posted: 09:58 pm

At this point, it does n't matter how we collect those 3 points, as long as they are in the bag.

again thanks for the 3 points guys. Its a marathon.
posted: 09:59 pm

it was important to win ahead of the CAF game. In PE, goals will be crucial.
posted: 10:00 pm
Up the bucs
posted: 10:02 pm
thanks boys 3points is very important I know it is still first gear but we are getting there as for the other team no comment once and always till guluva and son grow some hair
posted: 10:05 pm
Uninspiring performance despite the coach having full backing of the chairman, evidence by the recent capital outlay during the Jan trf window... The coach needs to pull up his socks...

With that being said, I would like to congratulate the boys 4 getting the important 3 points & also congratulate Leopards 4 a gud game. If they continue like this they will survive the axe. I also sense that they are slowly entrenching demslvs as Bucs hoodoo team given deir recent performances against ud in the Nedbank final, opening league game, TkO and 2day. In all these games they gave as much as dey got. Big up to dem, Big up to the Bucs faithful who went to Orlando Stadium...

Amabhakaniya ajabulile...
posted: 10:07 pm
Well.....because the 3 points its in the bag i would say; well done Bhakajuju........but not from the bottom of my heart as this was a home game against a weakest team in the PSL......
posted: 10:10 pm
Football 101 was doctrinated at the University of Orlando.
posted: 10:17 pm
well done boys...amabhakajuju a jabulile
posted: 10:18 pm
Happy new year soccer fans http://www.madipha.wozaonline.co.za/home
posted: 10:19 pm
Five ponts clear and counting. mh.
posted: 10:20 pm
Every 3 points that Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. collects will hurt a like a sharp red-hot dagger in a baby's skin! Damn I love this team!

Yellow Is The Way!

Yellow I Was, Yellow I Am & Yellow I Will Remain! [SMILING:-)]
posted: 10:28 pm
@Mamoduwe Isn't the same Downs that last season was leading by 7 point not 5 and by the end of the season were in no 4 is not new mosi.
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