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Posted: 12 March 2014 Time: 18:50

Vladimir Vermezovic got his Orlando Pirates tenure off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory against Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night.

Kermit Erasmus scored the only goal early on in a game the Buccaneers dominated, though the Birds almost equalized late on but for some Senzo Meyiwa heroics.

Vermezovic opted to start new signing Lehlohonolo Majoro on the bench and gave a rare start to Tlou Segolela.

Erasmus had almost given Bucs the lead on five minutes when he latched onto Thabo Matlaba’s pass, but his powerful drive cannoned back off the woodwork.

However, he had his goal four minutes later, and again Matlaba was involved. His sweeping pass across the field found Segolela, and he in turn laid off a pass to Erasmus, who shot from the edge of the area and beat Greg Etafia.

Pirates were dominating the early exchanges and came close again two minutes later when Helder Pelembe beat a defender to Ntsikelelo Nyauza’s cross, but his header went wide.

Bucs continued to have the better of the game and found themselves on the receiving end of some robust challenges, but could not create any other clear-cut chances before halftime.

Instead, it was Swallows who came closest four minutes from the break, but Lerato Chabangu’s free-kick went just over.

Pirates almost had a second goal straight after the break when Helder Pelembe was given too much space on the edge of the area, but his left-footed shot skimmed the outside of the upright.

Substitute Edward Manqele almost scored with his first touch when he shot from the edge of the area, but the ball hit the side-netting.

Majoro finally made his long-awaited debut with 20 minutes to go, and he should have been celebrating with his teammates when the ball fell at Ayanda Gcaba’s feet right in front of goal from a corner-kick, but the defender fired wide.

With one eye on Saturday’s Derby against Kaizer Chiefs, Pirates took their foot off the gas in the latter stages - and they were almost made to pay for it.

Siyabonga Nomvete hit the upright from Tshwarelo Bereng’s cross with three minutes to go, before Senzo Meyiwa pulled off two world-class saves – first to deny Nomvete before bravely saving at Larry Cohen’s feet in the dying seconds.

The victory sees Pirates up to fourth place, while Swallows make it seven matches without a victory and lip down to 11th.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-03-12 16:53:07

What happened to our Comments Cowditor?

posted: 2014-03-12 16:57:18

Please criticize the line-up now or forever hold your peace! 

posted: 2014-03-12 16:59:15

This looks like a good line-up

posted: 2014-03-12 16:59:34

Good line up

posted: 2014-03-12 17:01:22

VV is new, I won't faulted him no matter the result on his line up.

posted: 2014-03-12 17:02:19

Meant faulter.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-03-12 17:05:36

No need to correct every misspelled word ,we got the message, we are grown ups, the grade R's who like to correct every mistake are sleeping already.

posted: 2014-03-12 17:05:47

Myeni has muthi for a starting berth

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-03-12 17:06:50

And where is their Messiah Lehlohonolo Majoro?

posted: 2014-03-12 17:07:31


bucaneer 4 lyf
posted: 2014-03-12 17:08:02

I'm happy with the inclusion of Tlou n I hope he'll grab the opportunity

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-03-12 17:08:23

Good luck Bucs

Mavisto DOWNS Up
posted: 2014-03-12 17:11:15

Good luck mabhakajujus

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-12 17:12:36

Am happy,VVV has a plan and he will use it.i like the lineup and am sure teams are gonna get the whipping soon,actually starting today

posted: 2014-03-12 17:14:55

The Real Lucho  Meanwhile in Rustenburg, we have THREE TOWERS all in one line-up! I anticipate set-piece goals!

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-03-12 17:19:18

Thank god Jele will be available over the weekend....Tlou n Erasmus..positive inclusions.....

Now VV get rid of meyiwa

posted: 2014-03-12 17:19:46

4-4-2 its wht made bucs double derreble

posted: 2014-03-12 17:21:49


Where is the League RUN-AWAY Leaders' line-up????

We want to get out of the Rat business and mind our own!!! asamblif tog!

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-03-12 17:24:38

Mina I want to know what is Platinum is doing that side

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-03-12 17:28:30

Masambe VV,good luck Bucs

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