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Posted: 29 March 2014 Time: 17:16

Orlando Pirates moved back up to fourth place on the Absa Premiership log as they edged Moroka Swallows 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Dube Birds squandered chance after chance in the second half as Tlou Segolela’s first half strike remained the separating factor between the two teams. 

Vladimir Vermezovic was marking his first appearance at Orlando Stadium since taking over the coaching role at the club earlier this month, and it was also his second Soweto derby encounter. 

The first half chance of the fixture fell to Pirates when Mpho Makola looped a ball to Sifiso Myeni inside the box on eight minutes. The striker burst into the area but was brilliantly closed down by Greg Etafia. 

Pirates deservingly took the lead four minutes later when Etafia palmed away Thabo Matlaba’s shot. It only got as far as Segolela, who was waiting at the back post, and he headed it into the back of an empty net.

Swallows’ first chance of the fixture arrived in the 21st minute  in which Senzo Meyiwa was forced to make a save from Siyabonga Nomvethe. The rebounded effort by Felix Obada was then scrambled away in a mix-up between defender and goalkeeper. 

Then, on the stroke of the half hour, Rudi Isaacs did well to get above Lucky Lekgwathi and head a corner kick but it failed to hit the target - going high and wide. 

The Dube Birds were enjoying a good share of attacking possession and they were awarded a free-kick on 34 minutes, but Lerato Chabangu saw his strike sail narrowly over the crossbar. 

Bucs made a change at the restart, as Lennox Bacela came off and was replaced by Helder Pelembe, while Obada was the first to crack a whip at goal with a powerful effort that sailed past the far post.

Matlaba failed to test Etafia with his stinging snapshot on 50 minutes from the edge of the area and so did Myeni, as his shot lacked any form of power to worry the shot-stopper. 

The tempo of the encounter took a sudden drop and, as a result, allowed for the Dube Birds to try take control of the encounter. 

The Buccaneers were living life dangerously with just a quarter of an hour left and Meyiwa beat away Nomvethe’s header from a throw-in. Vuysile Wana tried to follow up with the rebound but it was pushed out for a corner. 

Zeca Marques was lucky to see his team see out the game with 11 men after after Levi Mokgothu was shown a yellow card for a crunching tackle on Happy Jele with 10 minutes to go.

Livefyre comments on this story...

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 15:32:14

Good line up coach,except for using one striker,I don't get the logic behind this.we want a win and nothing else

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-03-29 15:32:29

Ai, these teams are fighting for mid-table. This is not news..

I like it for the traitor without ballz, mr Majoro. I see he's not even making the match day 18 hahahahaa. I like it!! He will now sign a pre contract behind his agents back with baroka in the 1st division..

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-03-29 15:32:59

Where is Mr I Need Game Time? He he he, that 45 will do the job on the stands....! Kunzima

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 15:34:51

DD you must stop smoking nyaope,VVV has a plan,I think Majoro was rushed and hence he didn't get a goal nor a good match.VVB is working on him and he will come back strong very soon,just watch the space

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 15:36:25

Relax,Baxter is in charge,he won't play players for you but he will use major whenever he wants

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 15:38:40

Gayzer chips mfenes go to fnb and fill the stadium or else the Congolese will fill it for you.i sapot your team today but will never use my hard earned cash to go to the stadium,never ever will I do that for gcfc

Khosi4Chiefs
posted: 2014-03-29 15:40:08

It pains me to c Masalesa on the bench. I really wanted this boy at chiefs. But anyway... U chose the wrong way I guess

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-03-29 15:40:56

Lol, u don't even have cash to support ur own sinking ship, how would u get it to support the champs?

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 15:43:28

Do you want me to borrow you cash bari ndini

Bucs4Champion
posted: 2014-03-29 15:44:23

Operation building for next season in full swing, good going coach we 100% behind you, take your time. And prepare this team for next season.

Mzwezwe
posted: 2014-03-29 15:45:09

Is this just a game or a Soweto derby, in the last game KO called this game a Soweto derby but today is just a game en is normal as Sundowns vs SS/amaTuks,

There only derby we want in Mzansi is Phefeni boys vs ama ROTO

Mdes da Super_Villain
posted: 2014-03-29 15:47:14

Lol majoro is not on VV's plans 

Ludacris77
posted: 2014-03-29 15:47:46

This is an original derby baba

nthaudiwalekhosi
posted: 2014-03-29 15:53:57

As always...Vicks Vapourub in the house and he doesnt like that Cowjoro.....Tltltltltltl

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 15:56:33

Mzwezwe umzwezwe wangempela

Thoresmo 301
posted: 2014-03-29 15:57:40

if u nt a Pirates fan dn u wont undrztnd VV.

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 16:00:34

Gays still think VV and Majoro are their players,you are wrong maan

nthaudiwalekhosi
posted: 2014-03-29 16:00:39

@Thoresmo 301...He was a Chiefs cowch and we knw how he operates...Ask Cowjoro and Abia

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-29 16:01:55

Like Baxter was a bafana coach and we know his javelin,you are a moron

nthaudiwalekhosi
posted: 2014-03-29 16:05:03

We are on top with the same jabelin football whilst Cowrats are fighting for 4th & fifth position...I lyk this javelin

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