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Orlando Pirates beat Free State Stars 2-0

Posted: 29 January 2011 Time: 17:27

Orlando Pirates go top of the table after beating Free State Stars 2-0 in a Premiership match at Botshabelo Stadium on Saturday.

Tlou Segolela scored for Pirates in the 17th minute, before setting Andile Jali up late in the game for the second.

For his splendid performance, Segolela walked away with the Man of the Match award.

Pirates are on top of the table with 35 points after 17 games.

The first real chance of the game came in the fifth minute when Isaac Chansa played a one-two with Thulasizwe Mbuyane, but the latter directed his shot straight into the hands of Kennedy Mweene.

In the 17th minute Segolela brought the stadium to its feet when, after dispossessing Free State Stars, he made a solo run from Pirates’ half and zoomed past a cluster of Stars’ players before beating Mweene with a low shot to give Bucs the lead.

The goal did wonders for the game as Free State Stars were forced to come out of their slumber and try some attacking options.

Their main problem on the day was not only their failure to create chances, but also how to get past Rooi Mahamutsa and company in the Pirates’ defence.

Segolela nearly got his second for the day, but after a beautiful chip in the 38th minute, ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ could only watch in disbelief when his attempt hit the crossbar.

The pattern of the game was much the same after the break with Pirates pressing hard for the second while Free State Stars hung on.

Steve Khompela introduced Noah Chivuta and Thabane Motaung in place of Manti Moholo and Matome Madimabe and the move nearly paid dividends as Stars pushed forward and forced Pirates into some mistakes.

Mahamutsa failed to clear the ball under pressure, but with only Moeneeb Josephs to beat Madoda Motha shot horribly wide in the 62nd minute. The latter was replaced by Mxolisi Gumede two minutes later.

Segolela outran a defender again in the 84th minute before delivering a brilliant pass to Jali in the box, who tapped home to make it 2-0.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:19 pm
Baloi ba swabile. They wished we lus but re betha ka 3 mabone ko FNB shapa Shaba shapa. Shapa khosi shapa.
posted: 10:21 pm
Nyc wn 4 us,bt we should focus on gettng 3 point per game rather dan ejoyng at de top.shaaaaapa! Up the bucs wel done boys.
posted: 10:44 pm
The other team's fans feel that we play boring soccer, however the all exciting and entertaining soccer they claim to play got them 2 points less than the "Boring" yet effective Orlando Pirates... Let's just wait and see, I have a feeling that the "boring" soccer will prevail in the end!!!
posted: 11:27 pm
well done pirates.plz kwn dat we are behind u guyz.we really appriciate yo effort.wel done
posted: 07:50 am
Tanx 2 pirates 4 playing a gud football 4 de dy especially de speedy midfield Tlou Segolela really he deserv 2b one of de contenders of de player of de season.
posted: 08:05 am
Shapa spoko shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, you go boys ... keep them points coming
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:16 am
upcoming fixtures
02/02 vs Vasco (A) PSL
06/02 vs Pirates (A) PSL
12/02 vs S'downs (A) PSL
KO, this is classic dont you think? OP upcoming fixture! the one on the 06/02? it might be 2009's fixture, but hang on there was no Vasco in 2009!
Swona Champ!
posted: 09:33 am
06/02 15:30 Mpumalanga Black Aces Orlando Pirates Puma Stadium
posted: 10:02 am
matha : 2011-01-29 19:34 [ Report ]
sox dat y ppl laugh at chiefs wen they loose bcos u guyz r arogant& u think u r beta dat y small teams wil always beat u.idon't mind e ven if chiefs beat us as long as we collect points&win da title so far we have only lost 2 games in da league but u have lost 4.so does it realy make u hapy 2 beat pirates&downs but fail 2 beat vasco ithink u guyz have a problem but u r 2 arogant 2 c dat

@matha i'd imagine that people who laugh at chiefs when they loose also laugh even if the fly passes by...so you saying that you don't mind if you get beaten by chiefs as long as you collect points! well my friend chiefs beat a small team and collected 3 points last night and come the 26/02/2011 it's still going to whip your a$$ to collect another 3 points, so chiefs is collecting more than chibuku fc does and what are you saying on that one?

posted: 10:34 am
Has Sonono fc turned the corner? Only time will tell.
Swona Champ!
posted: 10:55 am
has cabbages turn the corner, the next game, will surely give us an idea, win one draw one and loose one system! then win and draw, the story goes on and on! if they win two in succesion, they claim they have won the league, then they loose against Freestate stars, and my feeling is Swallows might get a draw!
posted: 11:41 am
shaaaaaaapa Bucs Shapaaaaaaaaaaaa. I`m nt ashamed to say Pirates is gonna win the league. haahaaaaaaahahaaahahhahhahhaaahahaahhahaaa
posted: 11:57 am
i am a chiefs fan but i have to day the goal scored by that man tlou was a piece of great skill i havent seen in a pirates player for a while..great goal
posted: 12:59 pm
The goal that Tlou scored was nothing short of artistic brilliance,but we know ppl will wait until he has a bad game 2 mention anything about the boy!
posted: 04:02 pm
We need to see pirates buy serero and mpho maleka
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