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Orlando Pirates get a late winner against SuperSport United

Posted: 8 January 2011 Time: 22:30

Orlando Pirates closed the gap to the top of log to just two points with a dramatic 1-0 win over SuperSport United at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane struck in the first minute of injury time to hands Bucs a win which sees them move up to third on the table just two points adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Matsatsantsa, meanwhile, have dropped to just above the relegation zone and have only themselves to blame for this defeat after missing several good chances.

SuperSport handed debuts to new signings Rowen Fernandez and Mario Booysen, while Pirates went for an unusual strike partnership in the shape of Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Patrick Malokase.

On 20 minutes the first chance of the game fell to the hosts, with Lyle Lakay floating in a good cross from deep on the left flank that was headed wide of the target by Fikru Tefera.

The striker had managed to get goal-side of Rooi Mahamutsa, for which the Pirates centre-back was berated by his goalkeeper.

Pirates came close to opening the scoring just a minute later, with Clifford Ngobeni firing a long-range effort just wide of the target after a cleverly-worked free-kick routine.

On 26 minutes Daine Klate had a wonderful chance to score against his former team but, after being put through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, he was denied by a superb, one-handed reaction save from Fernandez.

The former Kaizer Chiefs keeper came up with another excellent save five minutes later, strongly pushing away a shot from Mbuyane after the attacker had cut inside from the left and let fly from the edge of the box.

On 35 minutes United were inches from taking the lead. Anthony Laffor fired a low shot on target that was only half stopped by Moeneeb Josephs – the loose ball rolled toward the goal line but the keeper quickly got up and smothered it.

Just before the hour mark Letladi Madubanya spurned perhaps the game’s clearest chance, mis-controlling after being put through on goal by a clever back-heel from Laffor which allowed Josephs to easily collect the ball.

On 67 minutes Laffor himself almost broke the deadlock, seeing his close-range effort deflected just wide of goal by Happy Jele after he had exchanged passes with substitute Kermit Erasmus.

Seven minutes later Pirates needed skipper Lucky Lekgwathi to clear off his own goal-line after Josephs had flapped at a cross from Thabo September.

Neither side looked prepared to settle for a point as the clock wound down. Pirates created a great chance to score in the 87th minute when substitute Mark Mayambela broke free down the right of the penalty area, but he was unable to direct his shot on target thanks to good defending from Bradley Carnell.

But in the first minute of injury time Mayambela picked a perfect pass into the danger area that was slid home by Thulasizwe Mbuyane, securing a last-gasp victory for Pirates.

Previous comments on this story...

Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 12:07 pm
Guys tell me is it the real King commenting above or someone have created a cameo profile.

@ King (if only it is realy you)
We played pathetic football at Pirates, period. We are going back to 2 seasons ago were we lost a league on goal difference.

Players progress.
We chop and change to much upfront that's why we are not scoring. What happened to Mbuyane Msowoya partnership or Mbuyane Ontorogu partnership. The sin of Msowoya was being left by a plane when he was coming from international duty.

Modise was playing well on the last games, is he injured or suddenly lost form? Where is progress and continuity.

I want Krol to leave as soon as possible but again I guess it will affect the team negatively as we are about to enter the second round, the coach needs to change his thinking and vision.

eita Mabhakaniya and a happy new year
posted: 12:20 pm
Now what happened to Teko was he suspended for the game, the boy showed a couple of good touches and glimpses of quality before christmas and then was nt even on the bench yesterday. Guys was he suspended or was it Krol being Krol?
posted: 12:31 pm
I must say that there is NOTHING special thing about our league but you have got to love the competition up there, Personally I think any of the top 4 teams can win the league but 4 d 2nd round only dedication, focus, hunger and experience will win the league. Salmon once said was consistent and almost lured me to believing until recently. But am glad Pirates won for 2 reasons : 1 they were playing a pretoria team some how these pretoria teams have developed big heads although they have NO fanbase, 2 to keep pressure up there because my beloved Chiefs peforms rather better under pressure.
posted: 12:35 pm
I feel all of you Krol is failing us he's Subs are always the Same how can u not Start with Mark coz he's the Only Player I know at Pirates who doesn't respect Defenders and we need such a Positive Player for us to Win the Championship, as for Navigator I Hurt everytime I don't See his name on the Team Sheet coz Form you can Loose but Class is Permanent I think Mr Khoza must do Something about Krol he's over stayed his Welcome on our Ship if He doesn't Leave then we going to Sink I'm telling u

BBB For Life
posted: 07:35 pm
@Thulasizwe. The Navigator picked up a tigh injury @ training
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 08:43 pm
A win is a win for our pride against our fierce Pretoria enemies, you can imagine what Pretoria News would be saying tomorrow if both teams were successful yesterday, that's how far it goes, beyond that, we can fool ourselves for as long as we can but end of the day fluke goal and all, the sooner we face accept reality the better and that is we are going nowhere with this Kruel and Mbuyane.No coach or player is bigger than our beloved BUCS but Kruel thinks he is, and knows what is good for us like this useless Mbuyane. I honestly don't care whether he scord or not but he remains useless to me and the useless Kruel sees otherwise. Both of them must go if we really wanna challenge for the League, else we may just forget, no way will this coach win the league, bet with my last cent.

I honestly wish Khoza can see the light and release him and get someone who will give other deserving players a chance. look what happen to Gert Schalkwyk.

@Motlokoa, ke na le wena state, reya lemala mona, this is like slow poison.
Vondo The Buc
posted: 10:18 am
We very happy the Bucs won....Chiefs were gonna get a big head..........Now watch how Ajax is gonna beat up Chips/ Bucs we need to tighten our shoe laces & beat Santos.......We want to hurt Chiefs @ the end of this season when we lift that Cup.......
Vondo The Buc
posted: 10:21 am
Krol's contract with Pirates is expiring July 2011, so if we chase him away now we are going to lose that is paying him huges sums of money.....so it's better we wait till it expires....For now us the supporters we are coaching pirates........We will always tell him when it's time for substitutions........
posted: 02:36 pm
its a good thing that chiefs and pirates collect maximum points against the pretoria teams as those teams were starting to take us for granted,this is soweto giants season,i wonder what is gavin saying now because he has that big mouth,big ups to soweto giants
Jam Jam
posted: 02:37 pm
Although Mbuyane scored a winning oal for Bucs, I'm unhappy with the way Krol uses his favourate player Mbuyane. I was very dissapointed after final Bucs substitution when Mbuyane was left as the sole striker. This really demotivates other bucs strikers such as Mashego, Msowoya, Chiloane.

Mbuyane should be move to compete with other players in the right wing position where he can do better.

I do not see Bucs scoring many goals to challenge league championship as long as Mbuyane is always fielded as a 1st choice striker.

Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 03:12 pm
Mbuyane and the lightening plasma were no fluke after all, credit to him! But the goal was as fluke as they have always been for the club since buying the most uninspiring players in SA and calling them Galaxy! And no single Galaxy, by the way, has touched a ball in the Bafana jersey, not even the most overated Galaxies (Teko le Jali). No man sane to the full can deny that Pirates' lady luck is slowly escaping: it will begin with a draw, then another draw, then a fluke win to keep supporters at bay, then a lose, then they will be massacred again by the mighty ones, then a win, and the wheel of lose-draw will be forever eternal. This will be the way the subconscious Krol have planned it.
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