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PSL match report: Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates

Posted: 27 November 2013 Time: 19:11

Collins Mbesuma’s first half strike handed Orlando Pirates a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United on Wednesday evening.

Maritzburg United coach Clinton Larsen made five changes to the side that lost to Golden Arrows last weekend, with Ayanda Nkosi rewarded with a start following an impressive display against Abafana Bes’thende.

Former Buccaneer Michael Morton captained the Team of Choice.

Roger de Sa made three changes to the team that saw off SuperSport United to reach the Final of this season’s Telkom Knockout.

Lucky Lekgwathi, Aubrey Ngoma and Collins Mbesuma were all included in the starting XI.

Perfect footballing conditions along with a healthy crowd welcomed the two sides onto the pitch. The game was Bucs’ first in the Premiership since the Soweto Derby at the end of October.

In a quiet start to the match, both goalkeepers were almost untroubled in the early exchanges, as both sides opted to feel each other out.

But the visitors struck on 31 minutes, when Thabo Matlaba, who had been troubling the United defence down the left flank, made a powerful run up field before rolling the ball into the path of Mbesuma, who produced a sliding finish to put his team ahead.

United looked dangerous on occasion in the first half, but a lack of patience in the final third cost them dearly.

Chances were few as the second half kicked off, with most of the action taking place in the middle of the park.

The Team of Choice piled on the pressure in the final few minutes, with the Buccaneers defence looked tired, but they held on to secure their second win of the campaign.

The loss is United’s third on the trot, and they drop down to 10th on the log.

Pirates remain bottom of the table despite the win, but have only played four League matches.

 

HOME: Maritzburg United

Coach: Clinton Larsen
Formation: four four one one

AWAY: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Roger De Sa
Formation: four two three one

Livefyre comments on this story...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-27 17:31:03

Let's see if this Awal is good against the best....

Heartbreaker
posted: 2013-11-27 17:36:03

will wallop this weak team,i dont see us struggling here.3-0

eronrag
posted: 2013-11-27 18:22:18

And they continue playing with 11 players after such crazy tackle by jali

Themba_DTC_1937
posted: 2013-11-27 18:29:29

What about Morton's tackle?

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-27 19:06:04

Gcaba has really improved....he is a tall quick solid defender now

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-27 19:22:32

Hahahahahhah....... Ow Bhereza Ow Bhere Bhere Ow kheto omthandayo... Ow Bafwethu uya'hlanisa lomjita....!! Hahahahahhah.... BHEREZA... I wan to see more and more....!!

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-27 19:25:52

BHEREZA..!.!.!!!!.!.!..!.!!..!.! IYOH-Na-YOH.................. No homo bafwethu... Mafikizolo make me happy is for you Choose mas' khetela...!!

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-27 19:27:24

3 points aways is always good...nothing fancy just smash n grab

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-27 19:30:09

Gcaba was my man of the match....Meyiwa has hecked out...very shaky on crosses and set pieces

Papa T
posted: 2013-11-27 19:33:12

2-0 Tlou's goal was not off side.

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-27 19:33:50

Michael Morton.... another one from The Black Pearl...hehe.... Ai madoda... My boy from Parktown Boy's High... lengamla iyadlala...! Professional football has messed him up a little, he was more like Zidane during high school day... Eish... Ya mman... If you wanna hang out with him come to the Bowl's Club ko Zoo lake during off-season.... Fiesty this one......

eronrag
posted: 2013-11-27 19:34:45

That was a revenge.

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2013-11-27 19:35:48

Hehehehehehehehe.........the necklace thief should have walked for that diabolical tackle. Let's hear what the dagga smokers have to say.

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2013-11-27 19:38:44

It was a good practice match for The Mighty Bucs in preparation for their World Club championship match against Bayern Munich.........Kwakwakwakwa

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2013-11-27 19:40:02

Eish Chiefs are massacring another team while other people are going crazy about a boring lucky 1-0 win. They never win by more than 1 goal margin. Sies !

New age blogger
posted: 2013-11-27 19:41:33

Three points in the bag, that was the objective and well accomplished. 

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2013-11-27 19:41:42

CJB Ramses IIIposted: 12:49 am

90% complete....

#downloading second star...!

Jay Bee
posted: 2013-11-27 19:42:20

Ha ha ha..... bugs!

Themba_DTC_1937
posted: 2013-11-27 19:43:04

Telkom knockout vs Arrows, was that game 1-0 ?

Sipho weBhakaniya
posted: 2013-11-27 19:44:04

Congrats to the boys. We need these points.

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