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Orlando Pirates beat AmaZulu in League clash

Posted: 4 April 2012 Time: 21:40

Orlando Pirates moved level on points with Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns thanks to a 1-0 win away to AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.

On-loan striker Tokelo Rantie netted an early goal to put Bucs in the lead and they never relinquished their advantage, holding out for a narrow but deserved victory.

The home side almost opened the as early as the first minute under fortunate circumstances when a clearance from Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa struck Goodman Dlamini on the face but the ball went just wide of the upright.

However, the visitors went ahead five minutes later when a long ball from the back was headed down by Benni McCarthy; then a poor clearance by Thamsanqa Teyise allowed Rantie to finish with a powerful shot from the centre of the penalty area.

Usuthu went forward in search of the equalizer and came close to getting one in the eighth minute when Marc Van Heerden found himself with space to shoot outside the penalty area but Meyiwa did well to push his low shot around the post.

In the 18th minute Rantie came close to grabbing his second goal of the game when he latched onto another flick from McCarthy before racing towards the right side of the box, but his powerful low drive was pushed wide by Mbongeni Mzimela.

Rantie continued to trouble the Usuthu defence and in the 26th minute he collected a clearance from Thabo Matlaba on the left flank and cut inside his marker before firing a low shot which went just wide of the near post.

Ayanda Dlamini had a quiet first half by his standards but he did make his presence felt in the 37th minute.

The Nongoma-born striker met a throw-in from Tsweu Mokoro with a brilliant turn into the box before unleashing a powerful shot which was tipped over the crossbar by Meyiwa to keep his side ahead going into the break.

The home side then fired the first shot in anger five minutes after the break when Tangeni Shipahu ran free on the right but his shot was blocked by Meyiwa at the near post.

The Buccaneers threatened again in the 64th minute when Rantie collected the ball in the middle of the park before playing a neat one-two with McCarthy on the edge of the area, but his shot went wide of goal.

Neither of the two sides managed to create clear chances in the closing stages of the match and Pirates were able to hold on for maximum points.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:44 pm
Rantie must be signed on a permanent basis! Dankie son for da goal! We're marching to our treble again. Up the Bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 09:44 pm
Sundowns played 8 win 2 draw 6. Pirates played 8 win 6 draw 1 lost 1 (after break) its clear that Pirates will be crowned Champions, I don't wanna talk about those who are still meat to Leopards. Swallows?
Anonymous
posted: 09:46 pm
Ga leso bone mathata Tokelo o teng galeso bone mathata!Tokelo o dira mathata!!!Ga leso bone mathata!!!
Anonymous
posted: 09:48 pm
Bucs rule this tk boy is no good he should return where he came look what he did to fs stars last week and no usuthu lol up the bucs looks like we'll do it again sorry downs
Anonymous
posted: 09:49 pm
Another TREBLE for us.
Anonymous
posted: 09:49 pm
I love this team.. I am happy I am a happy person after all... Remember Football 101 was Doctrinated at the University of Orlando.
SOMALI_*_PIRATE
posted: 09:54 pm
We sail on and just like our brothers from Somalia, we will be taking the ransom from Sundowns, they must keep it safe in an umbrella shade.
Anonymous
posted: 09:56 pm
Orlando Pirates will not win the league.
Anonymous
posted: 09:58 pm
Up the bucs...Rantie should have been given a chance a long time ago, Bucs coaches are stupid sometimes, I wish Dr Khoza get us a suitable coach this time....
Anonymous
posted: 10:00 pm
TOWARDS ANOTHER TREBLE IN OUR LIFETIME
Gwaai
posted: 10:06 pm
he,he this year the league is going to Sandawana kuphi khona shapa bhakaniya shapaaaaaaaaa!Sundowns still has got a date with Lidoda
Anonymous
posted: 10:06 pm
no repört...only for the Bucs game.
Anonymous
posted: 10:09 pm
Sorry downs,zebraz and any other psl team that was after the psl title coz it is takken by it original owners up the bucs!!! You rule guyz
Anonymous
posted: 10:11 pm
Basheshe bahleka...shapa bhakajuju shaaaaaaapa
Anonymous
posted: 10:11 pm
u hv 2 luv dis team, dey real kept deir promises, we were in position no 9 and 10 points behind Dunusa but dey promise us dat dey wil won treble again and surely dey are on right track. Am stil saying kancane kancane mabhakabhaka.
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
Where is the yellow gap I can only see a black crack lol shapa bucs shappaaaa......!
godide
posted: 10:12 pm
machamps lets start singing the praising songs we already win the league
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 pm
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Anonymous
posted: 10:14 pm
Funny how an under 10 can do wht "real cowshes" cnt do, scor a goal nd take al 3 points,i smel anada tripple,wht do adaz say.
El Asesino Cérébrale
posted: 10:18 pm
I hate to win in this fashion. Why did 'The People' pile unnecessary pressure on themselves by giving the ball away. I do not remember the team (OPFC) stringing more than four passes. We could not retain possession even though there we 30 seconds left. Going back to the drawing board Njenje, goal difference might be key
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