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Orlando Pirates top of the log after beating Jomo Cosmos

Posted: 9 April 2012 Time: 19:50

A 92nd minute goal from second half substitute Rudolph Bester took Orlando Pirates to the top of the League table in a dramatic 2-1 win over Jomo Cosmos at Orlando Stadium on Monday night.

An early goal from Bongani Ndulula was cancelled out by Siyabonga Nhlapo before Bester scored a late winner with virtually the last touch of the ball.

It was the perfect start for the home side as Ndulula gave them the lead after only four minutes.

The Buccaneers striker concluded a swift passing movement with a clinical finish from six-yards out to give Pirates the early ascendancy, 1-0.

Shell-shocked by the home side’s blistering start, Cosmos struggled to get hold of the ball early on and could only watch as Pirates stroked the ball around the park with confidence and precision.

In the 24th minute Cosmos’ hard-work paid off as they found a superb equaliser through the boot of Siyabonga Nhlapo.

The Cosmos man picked up the ball in space 30-yards out from goal and unleashed a thunderbolt which found the top left-hand corner of the goal, 1-1.

After surrendering their lead, Pirates picked up the pace of the game and began dictating the flow once more.

Still, they struggled to break down a resolute Cosmos defence and had to resort to shooting from long range.

The closest the Buccaneers came, however, to scoring a second in the first-half came a minute before the halftime break when Thabo Matlaba brought the best out of Avril Phali.

Matlaba let loose from 25-yards out, but Phali was quick to react making a good save to deny the Pirates man.

The second 45 minute continued where the first left off and Oupa Manyisa was the first to try his luck form distance, but much like his compatriots his 30-yard shot in the 66th minute sailed over the crossbar.

Six minutes later and Thulasizwe Mbuyane should have given Pirates the lead for the second time, but he squandered his chance heading over from close range after meeting a right-wing cross.

The Buccaneers captain squandered another golden opportunity to take the lead in the 80th minute when Lucky Lekgwathi fired wide from six-yards out after latching onto the end of a good passing movement.

Pirates continued to throw men forward and it looked like they were destined to share the spoils with Cosmos, but a late, late strike from substitute Rudolph Bester, from 25-yards out, found the top right-hand corner of the net, 2-1.

The result takes the Buccaneers to the summit of the League, at least until Black Leopards host Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night.

For Cosmos, they remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:26 pm
Catch us if u can
Donor bucs donor
posted: 08:33 pm
Thank you Ndulula, thank you Bester!
Thuso Ntlhane
posted: 08:34 pm
not only Cosmos hearts were shuttered,but also The Zebras's heart and Dunusa's yellow gab.....hehehehehehehe shapa pirates shapaaaaa
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:37 pm
Chibuku FC played kak. THey could hardly put three passes together against a rag tag team like Cosmos. First goal was a gift. This will be Chibuku's last win of the sezin. There is no way this team can win the lig. I still say Sundoms will win the lig easily.

The final log standings will be;

1. Sundoms
2. Amakhosi
3. Swallows
4. Chibuku FC / 2nd Star FC
Sir Dafuncky RTG
posted: 08:38 pm
eish ths luck thing of late late goals has to cease.. Its irritatin
posted: 08:40 pm
Ya neh All teams I can assume dey use muthi; but as it stand on Muthi the number one on top of de muthi log' Its Zimbabwe Fc(Family Busns FC)so called Chips. if u wud hv c de factual expression of de old man from Chips ya u can ce who is on top of de muthi Lig no one other than Zimbabwe FC.

Ya dey can still win de lig if de old man get so serious like dat in using dat muthi tjoo its scary (Family busns FC).
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:42 pm
C'mon ye Chibuku fans. Enjoy your last win of the sezin while it lasts. The way you played kak tonite I'm just wondering which of the remaining teams ur kak team's gonna beat. Swallows will have it easy next week.
Thuso Ntlhane
posted: 08:46 pm
@Tzozo...please man...get your pills b4 u talk shit here, we at Pirates we care about the 3 points, than playing fancy futbal lyk "the yellow gap" and still continue to draw or loose
posted: 08:48 pm
Grapes are sour. Sorry guys we are marching to the 2nd treble which is the record by itself. No other SA team has ever done that.UP THE BUCS TILL THE RECORD IS BROKEN.
posted: 08:49 pm
shapa machamps shapa,lets show them next wednesday when we outclass swallows,tzozo which team u support coz cosmos drew with both chiefs and downs,no man accept we are here feel us
Thuso Ntlhane
posted: 08:50 pm
3 points
posted: 08:52 pm
This thing of muti is not on last it was Chiefs now Pirates.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:53 pm
Sorry to spoil your party Chibuku fans Sundoms will be back on top in just 72 hours.
posted: 08:54 pm
Game in hand kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwaq kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted: 08:57 pm
@Tzoozoo, you are what I call makgoshakazi fan you keep pushing clutch and accelerator when the car is engineless.

At Pirates we have no time to waste with people of your intelligence and immaturity. dream on little boy. now we enter the stage of less good football and more win mentality.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 08:57 pm
Chibuku fans u can quote me on this I don't see you winning the lig. I'm not a Sundoms fan but all Sundoms need is to win against Leopards on Wednesday and as for your team that plays skop and donner futbal I'm just wonderinf which team u gonna beat from now on. I can put my head on the block and say Chibuku will finish on position 4 come end of the sezin.
posted: 08:59 pm
This thing of muti is not on last it was Chiefs now Pirates.
posted: 09:00 pm
champions keep playing until they get it right,what a fight spirit.no machamps lets leave Tzozo alone.how is going Tzozo,how was your easters
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 09:03 pm
Thanks God most Chibuku fans are illiterate taxi drivers who don't own computers. Adawise this blog would be full of morons writing all sorts of rubbish celebrating a lucky win against poor Cosmos.
posted: 09:04 pm
This thing of muti is not on last it was Chiefs now Pirates.
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