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SuperSport and Pirates end goalless

SuperSport UNited and Orlando Pirates draw

Posted: 22 August 2012 Time: 09:25 pm

The second installment of the SuperSport United vs Orlando Pirates trilogy ended in another goalless draw at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.

Having drawn 0-0 in their MTN8 semi-final first leg match on Sunday, perhaps it is no surprise that the two teams again cancelled each other out again in the League.

They will meet in the second leg of the semi-final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

SuperSport created the first clear scoring opportunity, with Franklin Cale teeing up Thabiso Nkoana in the penalty area in the eighth minute, but the youngster blasted his shot over the crossbar.

The hosts threatened again on the 20 minute mark when George Maluleka hit a shot on target from a 25-metre free-kick, but Senzo Meyiwa pulled off a good diving save to turn the ball away for a corner.

United looked dangerous from both open play and set-pieces, using the height of Mor Diouf, Nathan Paulse and co. to dominate from dead-ball situations against their notably shorter opponents.

Pirates gradually worked their way into the game after SuperSport's early dominance and began to find some joy down the flanks.

An attack originating down the right wing handed Andile Jali a shooting chance from just outside the box on 34 minutes, but he ballooned the effort over the crossbar.

Striker Collins Mbesuma, making his first start for Bucs, also had a couple of half chances in the dying minutes of the first half, but the teams went to the interval with the game locked at 0-0.

The deadlock was very nearly broken by Pirates just past the hour mark when a well struck free-kick from Mpho Makola rebounded off the crossbar, with goalkeeper Ronwen Williams beaten all ends up.

Williams was replaced on the 70 minute mark by Rowen Fernandez, having succumbed to a head/neck injury he suffered in a collision with Mbesuma early in the second half.

In the 74th minute United wasted a good chance to take the lead, with Bevan Fransman shooting wide from a rebound after Meyiwa had palmed away Cale's long range shot from a free-kick.

Seven minutes later Nathan Paulse wasted two free headers in quick succession as Bucs' defence began to look a little ragged.

Yet it was the visitors who finished the stronger in added time, and substitute Thulasizwe Mbuyane had a 92nd minute shot well saved by Fernandez.

HOME: SuperSport United

  • 30 Ronwen Williams
    69 mins - Rowen Fernandez
  • 4 Bevan Fransman
  • 5 Mor Diouf
  • 6 Davis Nkausu
  • 14 Lucas Thwala
    46 mins - Thabo September
  • 27 Roscoe Pietersen
  • 12 George Maluleka
  • 24 Franklin Cale
  • 25 Ashley Hartog
  • 9 Thabiso Nkoana
    88 mins - Atusaye Nyondo
  • 29 Nathan Paulse

AWAY: Orlando Pirates

  • 1 Senzo Meyiwa
  • 2 Ayanda Gcaba
  • 8 Thabo Matlaba
  • 14 Lucky Lekgwathi
  • 21 Siyabonga Sangweni
  • 5 Mpho Makola
    62 mins - Thulasizwe Mbuyane
  • 11 Sifiso Myeni
  • 15 Andile Jali
  • 24 Khethokwakhe Masuku
    78 mins - Tlou Segolela
  • 35 Manti Moholo
  • 9 Collins Mbesuma
    90 mins - Bongani Ndulula

Previous comments on this story...

The Ghost
posted: 09:28 pm
Another game of chess ... we will BREAK the deadlock on the weekend, UP THE BUCS!!!!
chronic2001(the champ)
posted: 09:29 pm
njenje please don ever play that zambian bull dog he is useless,i wonder what could have happened had drogba played atleast 20mins
Sxokzin WaLeKhosi
posted: 09:31 pm
Wara wara we got quality wara wara you're shooting blanks gorillas!
Mseja
posted: 09:31 pm
1.2.3 Comment Mabkaniya. No brown envelopes today.

K4L
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 09:33 pm
Yes we do have quality, you will testify that on Saturday.
Ndumeyane
posted: 09:33 pm
Seriously mabhakaniya we need anada coach, sooner d beta.
M@tshidi
posted: 09:37 pm
before 〓 draw, now 〓 draw, weekend 〓draw. or else who will score for them parker? nkosi? nkatha? manyathela? the RISE of draw specialists.
Skhu4lyf
posted: 09:39 pm
Hahaha Cowza what were you thinking? 1,7 Million? Look whos on top now.. Chiefs doesnt joke when it comes to money$$!!

First Quater champs 4lyf
chronic2001(the champ)
posted: 09:43 pm

Ndumeyane

posted: 09:33 pm | Report

Seriously mabhakaniya we need anada coach, sooner d beta.
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am with bakhaniya,i think we could have bought ranti with the money used on mbesuma,makola and chinyama,as for mbuyane he should have done better in the last minute
Ray Bukus
posted: 09:43 pm
Weekend Bucs will walk away winning with 3 to 1.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:48 pm
Njenje and Mbesuma are to be blamed.......shame....kuzonyiwa this year.

still loving peace since1970.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:48 pm
What a horrible game of football... even the the 4x high definition of HD TV couldn't make that game look better....! hai...
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:55 pm
Nxa rubbish....!!! Absolute rubbish... where are the Champs...?

There are just too many new players being played at once...
Anonymous
posted: 09:56 pm

CJB Ramses III

posted: 09:48 pm | Report

What a horrible game of football... even the the 4x high definition of HD TV couldn't make that game look better....! hai...

LMAO I could not agree nawe
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:02 pm
You wonder what Palacious is doing during the practice sessions with players, just joking around.??? The team looks bad and can play for the next 3 weeks non-stop but won't score..!! There is no creativity and you wonder where the score will come from really..!!

Be that as it may, the team will win Mtn 8, Absa Premier League and the other cup..!! Rabbits will never win the league..!!!
phirastor
posted: 10:22 pm
Is this the team that's gona bring the 2nd star
Loction
posted: 10:25 pm
I think Masuku had a good game, & if Ndulula was introduced early we were going to win that game.
phirastor
posted: 10:25 pm
Answer me makakaniya is this the taem that's gona bring the 2nd star he? Nizonya misunu yenu
Galaxy-4
posted: 10:25 pm
Not a great game at all for us, but we are still unscathed. Look still early on in the season. I would not have mind loosing today and winning on Saturday as the MTN trophy is still a priority. I have no doubt that we will come on top.

You can tell that SS does not play to win, but to stop Pirates from playing and therefore there is no doubt who will come on top come Saturday.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 10:29 pm
Why did Mbesuma start? That is the Million Dollar question. He's only been with the team for less than 5 days but he's already featured in two games.

Kanti what about Drogba? Where is he? I hate to admit it, but Sundowns is not the only one destroying local young talent, just ask and LOOK at Ezimnyama Ngenkani under the tutelage on Njenje "Mgodoyi" Palacious!

SMDH! I rest my case!!!!
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