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Posted: 2 December 2009 Time: 22:11

Jomo Cosmos have caused one of the shocks of the Absa Premiership season by recording just their second win in 19 games with a 1-0 success over Orlando Pirates at the Rand Stadium on Wednesday night.

The result might put paid to Pirates' title hopes, but revives Cosmos' chances of beating the drop as substitute Siza Dlamini netted from the penalty-spot midway through the second half.

The match was delayed 45 minutes due to the heavy rains, and for most of the night the teams battled to come to terms with the wet conditions underfoot, making for a scrappy game that did not see too much constructive football.

  It was the Buccaneers that looked more threatening in the opening half – In the first 20 minutes Cosmos keeper Avril Phali was tested by Rooi Mahamutsa, and Thulasizwe Mbuyane, doing well to keep out both efforts.   Dikgang Mabalane had a decent chance in the 25th minute when he created space to shoot in the box, but his shot flew just over the cross bar.

  Pirates though were certainly the team on top in the opening stanza, but after Mabalane’s chance, the Bucs attackers failed to find the target with a string of efforts from around 25-yards out.

  Cosmos’ first real chance of the game materialised just before the break when Bongani Theletsane squared the ball for Diarra Gacoussou, but his finish, or lack thereof, was woeful.

  Cosmos started the second half brightly and had the first chance of the half when Siza Dlamini broke down the right flank, but he was unable to pick out a team-mate as Zvenyika Makonese slid in with the challenge.

  The home side however persisted with their efforts and they were rewarded when Makonese gave away a penalty. Dlamini beat Moeneeb Josephs from the spot, despite the keeper guessing the right way.

  Ezenkosi faced a stern test of their nerves in the final 25 minutes of the game as Pirates went in search of an equaliser.  

And while the visitors enjoyed most of the ball, Phali did not have to make any notable saves as the Sea Robbers failed to penetrate a determined and at times desperate Ezenkosi back line who held out to ensure the valuable three points for the relegation battlers.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:42 am
Same thng wl hpn 2 chiefs i c dat they lougng at pirates and forget dat they wl also ply cosmos
posted: 02:36 am
when psycologists list the causes of stress they always forget to mention supporting pirates as 1 of the causes of stress
posted: 06:01 am
Sori mabhakaniya, let us not dispair. It was indeed a fixable mistake. Chips u are next. Follow me on Twitter. www.twitter.com/brianngozi . Liyabuya ibhakabhaka. Watch the space
posted: 07:28 am
hardy juju, next season for the league (i doubt it)
posted: 07:35 am
i said it before dat pie-rats will loss now next game is a draw.

khosi 4 life.
posted: 08:06 am
Michael : 2009-12-02 22:37

The red color in Pirates jersey symbolises skeleton's blood. Yes, skeleton has blood according to Floyd (team manager). This team is going nowhere at an alarming pace.
posted: 08:10 am
posted: 08:18 am
shame pie rats! nishawa nawu jomo pho? ayikho lendaba.
posted: 08:22 am
Pirates has become so useless.
This is useless

all the same, Pirates for life..
posted: 08:23 am
hahahahahaha..Pirates 2 win the league, ya neh, im glad i was guided 2 support another team i wldnt cope with these lake robbers
posted: 08:23 am
hehehehehe! some people might say its unbelievable, I SAY ITS FOOTBALL at its best!pie-rats are now saying there was a game-fixing!!!!!! O tla o shapa mjomane you will run out of words....

Common wa lesele!!!!
posted: 08:23 am
Tivani where are u man,i wonder where was ur Teko M haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaakaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
posted: 08:24 am
Mr. Editor why do you put a picture of Cosmos and Swallows players? your photographers didn't shoot any pictures yesterday?
posted: 08:28 am
It won't come as a surprise to me to see Pie-city playing the next game in front of the empty stands.

Pierat is cursed. and that curse won't go away until the remove that red colour in their outfit.

I Pirates kumele ihlabe imbuzi e-pink, so that thing will go according their way again.

Besides that, i smell disarter.
posted: 08:37 am
Well Done Cosmos...!!!
posted: 08:49 am
hehehehe!! Loose is Loose u lunatics wats wrong wth dat! every team looses even chimpazees looses is nt anything new. it happens so wat.

leave the red colour on our jersey its perfect, U want it put SOME colour on yours.

chips WON de league, OoHoO LETS wait n SEE.
posted: 09:17 am
What happened to "total football"?
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 09:31 am
Ja, i agree pirates have numbers not players. Here is my transfer list of players that did not contribute and will never contribute positively:
2. Kamwendo
3. Mthembu
4. Chenene
5. Makonese
6. Mabena
7. Masina
8. Manyisa
10. mothibantwa
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 09:33 am
The coach must go as well as the person responsible for scouting players. How can a team as big as Pirates have no natural left footed player. We are going to be embarrassed in the African champions league
posted: 09:52 am
Ha! No surprises indeed! What is in a Kraal? You will either find idonkey or inkomo or else imbuzi! I rest my case......
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