Orlando Pirates
  • Collins Mbesuma (21)
1 - 1
Soccer City Stadium
08/12/2012 15:30
Kaizer Chiefs
  • (59) Lehlohonolo Majoro

Report: Pirates, Chiefs share the spoils

Match report: Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs draw Soweto Derby

Posted: 8 December 2012 Time: 04:24 pm

Kaizer Chiefs fought back from a goal down for a share of the spoils in the Soweto Derby against Orlando at Soccer City on Saturday afternoon.

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Collins Mbesuma scored in the first half for the Buccaneers, but Lehlohonolo Majoro’s eighth League goal of the season meant Chiefs got the draw – and maintain their three-point lead in the standings.

Tensions showed in the early exchanges, with Lucky Lekgwathi lucky to escape a booking in the very first minute for a studs-up challenge on Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

The game was scrappy for the first quarter as both sides lost possession and failed to make any sort of inroads – but that changed on 21 minutes.

Again Chiefs lost possession in midfield and this time Andile Jali made them pay, playing in Mbesuma who shot across Khune and into the bottom corner after holding off Tefu Mashamaite.

It was almost 2-0 minutes later when Sifiso Myeni’s free-kick from the touchline beat everyone – and sailed just past the upright.

Pirates thought they had a second when Mbesuma netted after what looked like a backpass by Katsande, but the assistant referee ruled it offside - much to Roger de Sa's frustration.

Chiefs thought they had equalised on the half-hour mark when Majoro reacted quickest to a corner. His volley was fierce, but Daine Klate stood his ground and cleared off the goalline.

Amakhosi were piling on the pressure and Siphiwe Tshabalala came close again, but Senzo Meyiwa produced a world-class save to tip his free-kick over the crossbar.

Bernard Parker then saw his deflected header from a corner-kick sail across the face of goal, but it was Pirates who came closest to scoring again – Klate in acres of space in the area, but Khune brilliantly tipping his shot around the corner.

Whatever Stuart Baxter’s halftime talk was, it seemed to work.

With George Lebese replacing Josta Dladla, Chiefs raced out of the blocks, with Erick Mathoho stinging Meyiwa’s palms with a fierce drive, before Parker missed a free header which really should have been buried.

However, the goal did eventually come on 58 minutes, and it was a beauty. Some excellent build-up play involving Tshabalala saw Lebese feed Majoro, who beat Siyabonga Sangweni before slotting under Meyiwa’s body.

Chiefs were doing all the running, but on 67 minutes a slip-up almost allowed Pirates to regain the lead as Khune spilled a regulation catch, but he got back to save Sangweni’s lob under the bar.

Two minutes later Gaxa went for the spectacular, running all of 50 yards before connecting a first-time volley, but the effort went over.

Oupa Manyisa had a goalbound header deflected for a corner with 10 minutes to go, before substitute Benni McCarthy’s audacious bicycle-kick went inches over.

Chiefs almost snatched the points in injury-time when Tshabalala broke into the area, but his curling effort just missed the boot of Kingston Nkhatha – and the far-post.

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HOME: Orlando Pirates

  • 1 Senzo Meyiwa
  • 4 Happy Jele
  • 8 Thabo Matlaba
  • 14 Lucky Lekgwathi
  • 21 Siyabonga Sangweni
  • 7 Daine Klate
    80 mins - Thandani Ntshumayelo
  • 11 Sifiso Myeni
  • 15 Andile Jali
  • 20 Oupa Manyisa
  • 23 Tlou Segolela
    81 mins - Thulasizwe Mbuyane
  • 9 Collins Mbesuma
    71 mins - Benni McCarthy

AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs

  • 32 Itumeleng Khune
  • 3 Mulomowandau Mathoho
  • 4 Tefu Mashamaite
  • 5 Siboniso Gaxa
  • 24 Tsepo Masilela
  • 6 Reneilwe Letsholonyane
  • 9 Josta Dladla
    46 mins - George Lebese
  • 14 Siphiwe Tshabalala
  • 31 Willard Katsande
  • 25 Bernard Parker
    84 mins - Matthew Rusike
  • 45 Lehlohonolo Majoro
    73 mins - Kingston Nkhatha

Previous comments on this story...

Ngomane
posted: 04:25 pm
Mbesuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuma.
Lord Vincent
posted: 04:28 pm
That was not offside! Sangweni should have burried that! I hope we don't lie to regret those should haves!
Rhuu 4 da champs! OPFC
posted: 04:29 pm
ntofo ntofo...
Kubhekjd
posted: 04:29 pm
Bhakabhaka Shapa
Naturena born killer
posted: 04:37 pm
Credit to mbesuna bt this is so far de most dull derby I've watched
Ndoda Emnyama
posted: 04:38 pm
We dishing another free lesson to the Zoo animals.........Shaya Bucs Shaya
Naturena born killer
posted: 05:00 pm
Things aren't looking so gud for de rats I mst say
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 05:05 pm
Gorillas first Amakhosi will wrap up the game
Naturena born killer
posted: 05:32 pm
These rats are damn lucky, saved by de ref.
Hangwanie
posted: 05:33 pm
Still on top, what a hard fought win. We still marching on.

Khosi for eternity...
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:33 pm
Narrow escape for Pirates.......not a bad result for Chiefs........we are marching on

Dankie Kaizer Chiefs.
Zebra-Boy
posted: 05:34 pm
Gorillas you cn run away but you can't hide we still gonna get you.

Personally, I think our coach got wrong by pullin off Majoro over Parker. Good results we still on top of de table.

I'm a Zebra boy
Anty Trott & Makhanya
posted: 05:34 pm
I blame mayonnaise
Inkomo
posted: 05:34 pm
look above you gorrilas. who is on top (obvious). Khosi for Life
Rhuu 4 da champs! OPFC
posted: 05:36 pm
a game dcided by da ref it shud hv bin 2 1 to bucs, chiefs akuna bantu la...ws yeye even there? Bucs rule...bt my players luked tired we shud hv buried ths cows...im sayin it again, chiefs akuna bantu la...jali nd ace, bst pair in da cnter...up da bucs
Geel boy
posted: 05:36 pm
Ha ha ha ha, i can't believe this. Full match report before full time
Naturena born killer
posted: 05:36 pm
Congrats to mathoho, u deserve to be de man of de match. I bet de bafana back 5 will be consisting of de khosis next year. Ntja tseo(rats) di lucky.

Where was myeni, jali n oupa? Akunabantu la.

Rise Khosi Rise
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:36 pm
They still see Majoro's Ballz when they look up.....

Parker 8
Majoro 8
EDDIE 4 KHOSI
posted: 05:37 pm
Well done MAKHOSI ....you played well in the second half...bayohamba besinda,RATS wanted to win but couldn't....we have three points gap,they couldn't narrow it....AMAKHOS'A JABULILE
mthimu
posted: 05:37 pm
Narrow escape for Pierats . This Brian Mathe hates everything about Chiefs . Just like Robert Marawa who never kicked a ball but keeps claiming that a goal by Mbesuma was disallowed . Mbesuma was coming from an off side position when he received that ball . Hello , there is no disallowed goal Robert .
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