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Robyn Johannes scores as Orlando Pirates beat Maritzburg United

Posted: 26 November 2010 Time: 21:58

Ezenwa Otorugu scored late on as Orlando Pirates beat Maritzburg United 2-1 at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

The first real chance of the game came in the fourth minute when Phenyo Mongala whipped in an inviting corner kick. Nigerian striker Otorogu rose highest at the front post to make the header, but his effort went inches wide.

Two minutes later and Shu-Aib Walters made his first save, stopping Thulasizwe Mbuyane’s weak shot, before United almost scored against the run of play – Rudolph Bester’s shot hitting the upright after some fine build-up play.

Finally, after a sustained amount of pressure, Bucs found the back of the net from an unlikely source. Johannes pounced on a poor clearance and fired his side in front with a perfectly placed shot from the edge of the area.

In the 41st minute only the fingertips of Walters kept his side from going further behind when he was at full stretch to his left to tip an Otorugu header over the crossbar.

The second stanza saw United quickly find their way back into the game when Lentjies scored the equaliser nine minutes into the half.

Johannes turned villain when he committed the foul that led to the goal, and Lentjies curled a beautiful 20-yard free-kick around the wall and into the bottom corner.

On 76 minutes Pirates nearly took the lead when substitute Tlou Segolela almost concluded a great passing move with a goal when his 12-yard shot struck the woodwork.

In the 83rd minute Bucs got their winner – though there is some dispute as to who actually scored. Mbuyane ran down the right and put in a cross which Fabian McCarthy appeared to turn into his own net, though Otorugu will claim he got the final touch.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:35 pm
Enough has bin said!!! i cnt undst y chips fans kip on shouting abt de game on de 13th,OP mangd to score 5 goals after dat game and 4 us pirates fans we realy fogt dat game,come de 4th it wil b a totaly diff game to watch,and as 4 last nite well done Mr coach-once a person always a ghost.......
posted: 12:57 pm
Musa, Uyahhema nje! Uthetha ubuvuvu qha!

All big teams have fringe players, only ekeven can play manje ufunani ku downs ngoba u-Torrealba is the most costly benchwarmer or should I say spectator?

You've got to put up or shut up! Downs rules, simple. 5time Psl champs,,,, unprecedented, unmatched, and unparalelld so far despite poor mngmnt! Ek is trots oor mx geliefde Downs Hoor skyfietjie! Laags!
posted: 01:34 pm
Musa: you are very funny yazi. Gerald Sibeko has been with di-chips for close to 10 yrs and how many games has he played at natulawayo? What abt . Nhleko'Hlasel amafutha' and Thabang'Saartjie Baartman'? How many games did Nkambule play? Sundowns playas work for their jersey as opposed to where there's no competition.
posted: 02:48 pm
Its a shame 2 c ppl lyk tzozo critism teko wat abt shabba b honest i don't support pirates but @ da moment they doing well ichiefs only rely on musona if h can gt injury or suspended u in shit so stop dat kaizer chiefs tendency teko is far beta than any playa here( local) form doesn't make u gr8 playa eva maar class u won't take away from da guy hs simple da best u en ur friend (media) teko prove yah wrong h didn't fail h still around watch out big up Bucs maar i'm a fan of local soccer
posted: 02:53 pm
It s nyc 2 c 4goten pirates playas doing wel. I dont wana b krol 2 many quality 2 kip dem hapy.hapy ppl
posted: 02:55 pm
people have been comparing teko modise and simphiwa chakalaka for a long time and its high time that krol includes teko on a starting lineup on saturday's TKO final then we will see who is the real cow.
"BBB" Bucs By Birth
posted: 03:05 pm
people have been comparing teko modise and simphiwa chakalaka for a long time and its high time that krol includes teko on a starting lineup on saturday's TKO final then we will see who is the real cow.
"BBB" Bucs By Birth
posted: 03:10 pm
League is about sometimes having to grind out a away win. Bucs did that so fans should be happy with the 3 points - good to see Teko making a come back. We all wish him well.
posted: 05:14 pm
aaah com on guys u cnt compare McTeko 2 that single footed cow matatazela shabba its lyk comparin strawberries 2 wel 2 cabbages!
posted: 06:01 pm
idiots who are bizy comparing shabba and the former star must get a life!!!!!.....why are they being compared???? I mean they dont even play in the same position....this thing of comparing players must stop!!!!!
Idiots wer camparing jali and patisson and wen jali excels in the game against clowns they claim jali is better than anybody in his position!....but he floped against yeye!...and them pie city fools didnt say anything....
Sop it idiots!!!!
posted: 06:47 pm
mash-potato: u neva cease to amaze. Is Teko and Matatazela both not attacking misfielders? Is Jali and Pattison not playing similar roles in their respective teams? Isnt Pirates using Teko as a left winger the same position matatazela plays? Before calling people idiots pls look at the mirror and see if you can't find one moron.
posted: 07:59 pm
the fact is that tekolosh is not playing now and shaba is playing!....and the same teko said being played out of position(left wing) contributed to him losing form....if teko himself thinks he is horrible in that left wing position who r u to say he is good?......
I know that patisson and jali play in the same position but wat im saying is that their style of play is different hence i said i dont get why people are comparing them...the same aurgument apply to jali and yeye ...they are too different to be compared....
gideon h. ndou
posted: 02:36 pm
Well done Orlando Pirates...that was a phenomenal performance. lets beat KAIZER CHIPS on saturday. Jali juss teach the most overated player in SA(Tshabalala) a thing or two about football.
posted: 06:51 pm
Amakhosikazi fail to amaze me they lost yesterday to a weak newly-promoted team and they claim they can beat these fools cant be serious
Swona Champ!
posted: 09:29 am
great win, but we still have a game against the village kings! and thats a very important one!
Swona Champ!
posted: 04:27 pm
if I were chiefs, I would worry that since OP conceaded an own goal, they are putting presure on their oponents to put the goal behind their own net, every week, see all the goals coming from this situation this weekend!
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