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Posted: 10 May 2008 Time: 16:36

A first-half goal from David Mathebula has handed Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates in a pulsating Soweto Derby at the Mmabatho Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Pirates were perhaps the better side on the day, but as has been so for most of this season, they could not put the ball in the back of the net.

Chiefs improved in the second half, but were happy to sit back and soak up Pirates pressure, attempting to hit them on the break, and move into the top eight.

BLOW-BY-BLOW MATCH REPORT

1 mins: And we kick-off under perfect skies. It is a hot day in Mafikeng.

5 mins: A much slower start to this game than the corresponding fixture in Durban in November, when Chiefs were ahead after 19 seconds through Mabhuti Khenyeza, who is suspended for today.

9 mins: Pirates are attacking down the flanks, especially the lefthand side, with Mokoena and Jele linking up well. They have yet to test Khune though. Another attack sees Masehe cross for Walaza, but the striker is inches away from connecting from close-range. Chiefs look tentative.

13 mins: The first real attempt on goal comes as an off-balance Walaza heads high and wide from 10 yards. Chiefs have still yet to spend any real amount of time in the Pirates half.

14 mins What a chance! Chenene sets up Modise with an excellent opportunity, but the Bafana Bafana midfielder fires onto the crossbar and over from seven yards. He should have scored.

19 mins: Khune comes right to the edge of his area to collect a Modise cross, but he spills the ball and Chiefs scramble clear. The error sums-up a nervous Chiefs in the early part of this game.

23 mins: Lovelly footwork from Chenene sees the winger create space for himself in the box and fire in a low shot with his less-favoured right foot. Khune saves easily though.

28 mins: Chiefs’ first opportunity sees Mathebula back-heel from the byline to Zwane, who should have shot from eight yards out, but instead tries to find Tshabalala with a pass and the chance is cleared. It takes 26 minutes for Chiefs to create a half-chance.

33 mins: Pirates win a free-kick on the edge of the area, a bit to the left of central and Modise steps up, but they make a hash of it and the shot is charged down. Meyiwa makes a brilliant point-blank save from Bartlett’s header. That was the best chance of the game so far.

35 mins: A brilliant cross from Mdledle finds Masehe six-yards out, but the striker glances his header just over the bar. Another great chance for the visitors.

36 mins: GOAL! After soaking up all the pressure, it is Chiefs who have the lead! Bartlett beats Makita for pace and produces a brilliant low cross that is slid into the net by the on-rushing Mathebula from just a few yards out. Against the run of play, but coach Muhsin Ertugral won’t care!

40 mins: And it should have been 2-0! Mathebula is put through on goal, but a bad first-touch moves him wide. He crosses low, however, for Tshabalala, who somehow slices wide from seven yards. Unbelievable miss!

HALFTIME: Pirates will be wondering how they are behind in this match, but in truth Chiefs should be 2-0 up. Still, they have one goal to show for a half in which they spent much of the time under pressure in their own half, but grabbed a well-worked goal through Mathebula.

46 mins: And we’re back underway with the second half.

50 mins: An excellent run by Zwane down the right sees the winger cross for Mathebula, but the ball is behind him and he does well to back-heel the ball towards goal. It beats Meyiwa, but Makita is able to clear off the line.

54 mins: Mdledle received a YELLOW CARD for a challenge on Bartlett. The first of the afternoon. Mokoena beats Bhasera and fires a low shot across goal which forces an excellent save from Khune.

59 mins: Pirates are pushing forward in search of the equalizer, but are being met by a wall of gold shirts.

64 mins: Modise is shown a YELLOW CARD by referee Charl Theron following a foul on Tshabalala. The first change of the afternoon comes as Zwane leaves the scene, to be replaced by Phala.

70 mins: The game is loosening up now with end-to-end action, but wayward shooting is letting both sides down. The next goal will be so important, as if Pirates ship a second, that should be game, set and match.

75 mins: Gumbi gets a YELLOW CARD for bringing down Tshabalala, but Sibeko fires the free-kick into the wall. Segolela comes on to replace Masehe and straight away his pace creates space on the right, but his cut-back to Walaza is cleared.

81 mins: McCarthy gets a YELLOW CARD as he brings down Segolela. Pirates appeal for handball in the area as Mokoena’s shot strikes the arm of McCarthy, but referee Theron says no.

85 mins: Mathebula is replaced by Motaung Junior for the final eight minutes. Pirates continue to look the most likely team to score with a succession of corners, but the Chiefs defence is holding firm. Phala makes an excellent break on the counter-attack, but his final shot is woeful. Modise is replaced by Ramudzuli.

86 mins: Gumbi gets a second booking and a RED CARD from referee Theron. He had to go.

FULLTIME: Walaza has the ball in the back of the net, but the goal is disallowed for a foul on Khune. As Khune went to grab the cross, he was caught by Walaza in the ‘nether regions’. The goalkeeper dropped the ball and Walaza slotted home, but the whistle had already gone. Spencer comes on for Tshabalala.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:16 am
Club Honours
African Cup Winners’ Cup winners: 2001
African Club of the Year: 2001
NPSL champions: 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984
NSL champions: 1989, 1991, 1992
Coca-Cola Challenge champions: 1996
PSL champions: 2003/04, 2004/05
Life Challenge Cup winners: 1971, 1972
Benson & Hedges Cup winners: 1976, 1977
Mainstay Cup winners: 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987
Bob Save Super Bowl: 1992, 2000
Datsun Challenge Cup winners: 1983
John Player Special Cup winners: 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989
Rothmans Cup winners: 1997, 1998
Coca-Cola Cup winners: 2001, 2003, 2004
Telkom Knockout Cup winners: 2007
Absa Cup winners: 2006
BP Top Eight Cup winners: 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2001
SAA Supa 8 Cup winners: 2006
Stylo Cup winners: 1970
UTC Super Team Cup winners: 1972
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Panasonic Cup winners: 1986
Ohlsson’s Challenge Cup winners: 1987, 1989
Castle Challenge Cup winners: 1990, 1991
Anonymous
posted: 08:18 am
if you think your teams matches the truth above ...please come forward with evidence.

WHETHER WHO LIKES IT OR NOT, CHIEFS IS THE BIGGEST AND GREATEST TEAM SA HAS EVER SEEN AND STILL GOING
Anonymous
posted: 08:20 am
The game was gud i think the better side done wonders keep it up guys khosi 4 life.
Anonymous
posted: 08:21 am
CAN YOU SPOT THE DIFFERENCE, IF NOT YOU'RE A FOOL
kaizer chiefs
Last three results:
10/05 Chiefs 1-0 Pirates
30/04 Arrows 0-1 Chiefs
26/04 Chiefs 1-1 Santos
orlando pirates
Last three results:
10/05 Pirates 0-1 Chiefs
30/04 P Stars 1-0 Pirates
23/04 Pirates 0-2 Ajax CT


Anonymous
posted: 08:30 am
CAN YOU SPOT THE DIFFERENCE, IF NOT YOU'RE A FOOL
kaizer chiefs
Last three results:
10/05 Chiefs 1-0 Pirates
30/04 Arrows 0-1 Chiefs
26/04 Chiefs 1-1 Santos
orlando pirates
Last three results:
10/05 Pirates 0-1 Chiefs
30/04 P Stars 1-0 Pirates
23/04 Pirates 0-2 Ajax CT


Anonymous
posted: 08:46 am
Way I see it Chiefs had 1 great player on the field: the selectively-blind referee!!!
As for Pirates the players beat themselves by over-elaborating trying to walk the ball into the net.
The goal came via route 1: clearance up the field behind overlapping captain Mdledle, draw the central defender (Makita) wide, cross into the box area he left exposed and late run into the box by a former Bucs development player who put it in the far post!
Maybe its high-time Pirates practiced this counter-attacking style and killed the flowing football of past derbies once and for all.
Dave10
posted: 09:04 am
He He He! How the mighy have fallen! Richos man, celebrating getting into the top8? the mighty have really fallen guys. @ Downs, we will never celebrate a top8 finish, it,s the big one or else we failed. we failed this season although we've made it to all the cup finals and won 2.

Anonymous
posted: 09:36 am
Now i undestand why pirates is not wining games until Teko Modise realize how big is Orlando Pirates and how important to wear the famous black and white jersey.Teko is not a star to pirates maybe with Bafana Bafana he has big mouth and he is not even a captain,When Dagama came to pirates he praiz teko a lot amongs other players that`s the results,teko is still a young star he still have long to learn.
Anonymous
posted: 10:06 am
WHERE ARE THE SOCCER CRITICS AND PROFESSORS TODAY? GUYS I WANT TO HEAR FROM THE SOCCER CRITIC WHAT WAS THE SCORE YESTERDAY. I DID NOT WATCH THE GAME DUE TO LOAD SHEDDING(LIE) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.SOCCER CRITIC CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WAT WAS THE SCORE PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 am
AMAKHOSI NAPHAKADE,
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 am
AMAKHOSI NAPHAKADE,
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 am
Well done to Kaizer Chiefs for defeating poor Bucs, However it doesn't mean that they are good in SA football, so those who are talking too much they must stop talking because when they were defeated by downs they did talk too much so if they are good they should defeated downs and as well as they defeat poor pirates, well done to them, the chiefs supporters must stop talking something that doesn't make any sense, i think its time for them to grow up and understand that soccer is business is win-lose situation..
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 am
Top 8 Cup is ours.
Anonymous
posted: 10:56 am
This is by far the most boring game of the season. What a bunch of loosers, I slept twice trying to whatch this game. I thought my day was a nightmare until I watched the SS United vs
Swallows, what a game. Masego, you are the man.
Anonymous
posted: 11:01 am
IT IS NICE TO SENT PIRATES FOR PLAY OFF
Anonymous
posted: 11:27 am
2 ALL THE ANTI CHIEFS SUPPORTERS, GUYS DONT HATE, BUT APPRECIATE. IF WE LOOSE YOU ARE ON OUR BACKS, IF WE WIN WE ARE STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH. GUYS, WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSE TO DO. SHOULD WE SELL OUR STATUS?
Anonymous
posted: 11:35 am
vincent : 2008-05-11 10:44 & Tshifhiwa: 2008-05-11 10:56

kaizer chiefs is our team, we love it whether we lose or we win, we are behind it.
We are bound to make all the noise there is when we WIN
especially when we win against Pirates. Good game or bad game, boring or not a win
to us is still a win. when we lost to Sundowns we accepted that and we moved on, to us that was nothing compared to this WIN
Now listen to this Fact, a LOSS TO SUNDOWNS WILL NEVER EQUAL A LOSS TO PIRATES,
hence we are making all the noise, if you dont like it TOUGH FOR YOU, come next month
we'll still be talking about OUR WIN AGAINST PIRATES.
Kick off provided this space for people to share thier views, they never forced you to register, LET ME TELL YOU ANOTHER FACT:
you making a comment here now is part of the great effect these two teams have on everyone.

I'm sure people including the 2 of you would rather read
about a boring Chiefs v Pirates game that read about Soccer administrators (frm ur teams) involved in sexual scandals.

Thank you kickoff for affording us this medium to air our views and share our happiness at being associated with the greatest Team in SA, KHOSI NAPHAKADE AMEN
Anonymous
posted: 11:43 am
Thanks Khosi,u 've made us proud again,i hope u continue to show the form u displayed and win more games to came and u pirates u must just shout up mouth.
Anonymous
posted: 11:48 am
These anti-CHIEFS FANS/SUPPORTERS are just suffering from a disease called
"KC-Win/Lose-Post-traumatic-stress effects" its a very
contageous disease and it spreads very fast......
and most importantly its only CURE IS WHEN APATIENT SUFFERING FROM IT JOINS THE KHOSI 4 LIFE FAMILY.
UNTILL SUCH TIME, I SAY TO ALL THE Kaizer Chiefs Family members, please bear
with them they are part of our society.
Anonymous
posted: 12:16 pm
Makhosi Im hapi with a win over Pierats...my concern is: where was Sibeko in the game? is he good enough to play for chiefs?
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