Maritzburg United
  • Cuthbert Malajila (79)
1 - 2
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
14/12/2012 20:00
Orlando Pirates
  • (32) Oupa Manyisa
  • (58) Andile Jali

Pirates down 10-man Maritzburg

Orlando Pirates beat Maritzburg United in League clash

Posted: 14 December 2012 Time: 09:52 pm

Orlando Pirates dialled up the pressure on Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs with a 2-1 win over 10-man Maritzburg United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday night.

The Buccaneers, thanks to goals from Oupa Manyisa and Andile Jali, have pulled level with Amakhosi on 31 points at the top of the table but remain in second due to an inferior goal difference. The Team of Choice, who had Ruben Cloete sent off early in the second half, scored their consolation goal through Cuthbert Malajila.

After a competitive first 30 minutes, Pirates broke the deadlock: Daine Klate wriggled free of the attentions of Rheece Evans down the right flank before picking out an unmarked Oupa Manyisa at the far post. The midfielder controlled the cross before steering a low shot past goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters.

Maritzburg made a change at the start of the second half, with Evans making way for Thabang Matuka, and they nearly forced an equaliser in the 48th minute when goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa dropped a cross, but Terrence Mandaza was unable to get his attempted shot on target.

Yet on 50 minutes former Pirates defender Ruben Cloete let the Team of Choice down when he dived into a studs-up challenge on Thandani Ntshumayelo. Referee Daniel Bennett had no choice but to show him a red card, reducing the home side to 10 men.

Seven minutes later Pirates took full advantage with a speedy counter-attack before Collins Mbesuma provided a cross that was headed home by Andile Jali to make it 2-0.

With just over 10 minutes to play Maritzburg pulled a goal back. A Delron Buckley pass into the penalty area was only half-cleared by Happy Jele, teeing the ball up for Cuthbert Malajila to drive a shot into the top corner of the net and reduce the deficit to 2-1.

HOME: Maritzburg United

  • 1 Shu-Aib Walters
  • 0 Rheece Evans
    46 mins - Thabang Matuka
  • 14 David Booysen
  • 15 Ruben Cloete
  • 24 Peter Petersen
  • 33 Mario Booysen
  • 7 Delron Buckley
  • 10 Mthokozisi Yende
    68 mins - Byrone Hendricks
  • 18 Michael Morton
  • 19 Terrence Mandaza
    83 mins - Frank Sarfo-Gyamfi
  • 27 Cuthbert Malajila

AWAY: Orlando Pirates

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

Previous comments on this story...

CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:53 pm
We'll take the 3 points... that's all there is to say...
tebotouch
posted: 09:54 pm
we won. And that's it . !!!
The pressure is ON the balls of majoro
Hahaha.
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:54 pm
What a disgusting perfomance by the team, so dissapointed in how we just fizzled out and ended up defending against 10 men. Roger is right to say that it was our worst perfomance this season
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 09:55 pm
scrapy win,but i welcome the three points, De sa needs to stamp his authority as the coach, all our subs accept Tice were flat,JuJu still look like He is in the hosp ward,the less said about Benny the better.
Hangwanie
posted: 09:56 pm
Referee assisted win. U can call me names is fine. The ref didnt protect Maritzburg players. Jali could have bv given a booking.

Khosi until end of ages.
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:57 pm
Not happy at all. We've a lot to work on certainly for our next game against Arrows. Nevertheless its three points in the bag and that's what counts at the end of the day

DTC '37
La_BUCANERO
posted: 09:57 pm
Pirates? Luz 2 M. United? Mxm stupid zebras!
1st Ghost In Bucs
posted: 09:57 pm
Hehehehe. M'burg has never lost at Mandela Bay. Kuphi. We are not Zebras thina.

Fact!!! Pirates beat more than Nyaope
Big k
posted: 09:57 pm
Well done boys! Um certain that the zebras are weting their pants
BORN BUCCANEER..!!!
posted: 09:59 pm
Yes i said it before and i'm still saying it again
Pirates - WIN
Chiefs - LOSE
Plat Stars - LOSE
Sundowns - WIN

Once a Pirate ,always a Pirate! Since 1937... From generation to generation baba. AMEN!
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 09:59 pm
and this is not the first time we let teams off the hook.i wonder what goes into our players minds once the opposition gets a redcard,why do we hav to defend against 10 men.we never ascended,showeed too much mercy'M''burg were in total control of the game
deBuc
posted: 10:00 pm
If our midfield n backline score u must know #### is coming
Nipsy
posted: 10:02 pm
Brown envelopes FC.
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 10:02 pm
@ hangwane or whatever you call yourself, say whatever you want to say,we have the three points
deBuc
posted: 10:03 pm
Phefeni Boy wherever u are please take it easy on the road khosi or in the air or on sea. I said it not in PE khosi not in PE!
deBuc
posted: 10:04 pm
Phefeni Boy take out yor IPhone n let's do this. Lets talk khosi wats yor comment?
BORN BUCCANEER..!!!
posted: 10:06 pm
@PIRATES we never settle for less. We will make xure dat we moer all teams dat moer zebras just to show mzanzi nation that we are a big team. Plat. Stars down, Sundowns down ,WITS down and now Maritzburg down....the punishment continues...

Yes i say it w/o fear or favour that: Once a Pirate ,always a Pirate! Since 1937... From generation to generation baba. AMEN!
khosilangampela
posted: 10:06 pm
nyweh,nyweh,nyweh pie-rats have depth.is the reffery yo depth.just asking.watch how we win fair an squer.by da way i am a khosi til dat madalas called manyisa(mpandla)and legwati and nw includin sangeni and mbuyane gets legends cal ups.mxm.nt even worth legends games.
trustme
posted: 10:06 pm
well done pirates . We won the game . Bt stil our performance was so poor . We need 2 improve in d passing game . We lose d ball easy nd it put us under pressure
deBuc
posted: 10:06 pm
Up de Bucs until Kaizer Junior stops with makeup n start scoring goals for daddy's team!
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