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Orlando Pirates leave it late against Mpumalanga Black Aces

Posted: 6 February 2011 Time: 17:56

Log leaders Orlando Pirates needed a late penalty to secure a 1-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces on Sunday, extending their winning run to five games.

Bucs dominated proceedings but found AmaZayoni’s defence a tough nut to crack, and a late penalty from Isaac Chansa separated the teams.

Benedict Vilakazi was sent off for a second bookable offence for protesting against the spot-kick.

Aces probably deserved a share of the spoils, but in the end they were unable to hold Pirates off.

From the first whistle it was clear that Aces’ plan was to flood the midfield in order to frustrate Pirates.

The hosts played with just one genuine striker, Phikolethu Spelman, and three centre backs, while the remainder of their outfield players looked to clog up the middle of the park.

AmaZayoni’s plan worked well for the first 20 minutes, but Bucs gradually began to find some space in wide positions and started to put the home side’s defence under pressure.

On 23 minutes a good cutback from Happy Jele handed Chansa a shooting chance just inside the box but he ballooned his effort high and wide.

Jele himself had a chance 10 minutes later when he latched onto a loose ball in the Aces penalty area, but Fabian McCarthy made a good block to stop the right-back’s goal-bound attempt.

On 40 minutes Francis Chansa was called upon to make a fine save, tipping Thulasizwe Mbuyane’s flick-on over his crossbar.

Aces made a change at the break, with Manqoba Ngwenya replacing Spelman, but 'Shakes' lasted just a few minutes before his right ankle gave way in an awkward fall from an aerial challenge. He tried to run off the injury but was soon replaced my Mpho Maleka.

Just before the hour mark Jele almost scored with a glancing header from a corner-kick – the defender’s effort had the beating of Chansa but David Mathebula cleared the ball off the line.

Bucs continued to dominate proceedings but they were repeatedly frustrated by good defending.

Bucs were inches away from breaking the deadlock in the 83rd minute when Chansa rattled the crossbar from a free-kick.

A minute later Pirates finally got the break their dominance deserved.

McCarthy clumsily tripped up substitute Bongane Ndulula and referee Jerome Damon pointed to the penalty spot.

Vilakazi vociferously protested the decision – and earned his marching orders for a second bookable offence – but replays suggested Damon was correct in awarding the spot-kick.

Chansa took on the responsibility of the penalty and beat his namesake in Aces’ goal to secure a vital win for the Buccaneers.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:31 pm
tzozo- we are tired of marking ure words. Mark my words mark every day! Cumon bra say something different maybe ure chips will go on top.
posted: 06:36 pm
hola up the bucs dis 1 we gonna take it nomakanjani. Happy people yeah yeah
Champ Always in the TOP 8
posted: 06:36 pm

Tzozo : 2011-02-06 18:14 [ Report ]
Is it a surprise no soccer expert has tipped Chibuku FC to win the lig even though they are top of the log.as a Khosi fan I'm more worried by Sunclowns dan this Chibuku gang.Mark my words by the end of February we will be talking a diffrent lingo.
Who said a league is won by a team that has been predicted to do so? Stop saying, mark my words come tomorrow, mark my words come Wednesday, mark my words come weekend we will be on top of the league? Continue marking your own words. Only if wishes were horses then beggars like farmers would ride!
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 06:39 pm
After The Mighy Baccaneers win the league, the tune of the haters will change to something like" their style of play was not exciting OR it was after ten years OR they are not used to winning that's why the celebration doesn't stop" All you haters, mark my words: Orlando Pirates will win it this year. Th e team is collecting those important points while others are busy with their jealous. Black and White nga khani.
posted: 06:41 pm
Tzozo,I will mark your words but you are a dreamer monna,for Chiefs to win the league as an even uphill battle than Bucs,infact realistically the teams which are posing a big threat are Ajax & Sundowns as for you Makhosikasi yours will be to fight a top 8 spot.
Truth is you don't have the materials to to win the league.
posted: 06:41 pm
Another dubious penalty by by the so called expert referee! I wonder how much he pocketed for that decision?????
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 06:46 pm
"– but replays suggested Damon was correct in awarding the spot-kick".
Champ Always in the TOP 8
posted: 06:49 pm
musa : 2011-02-06 18:41 [ Report ]
Another dubious penalty by by the so called expert referee! I wonder how much he pocketed for that decision?????
Which game were u watching or did u even watch the game, sbali?
posted: 06:49 pm
now, who win on penalties???? ho lo lo

posted: 06:50 pm
Musa go grab some few beers man u goi 2 fil beta...it ws a penalty nd we on top of the log til jesus comes bck...i love u Bucs!
posted: 06:51 pm
Eleven games unbeaten 5 games winning streak thats how championship material plays not lets wait and see how they play first we will catch up KE BOGWALA!KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB A MASO MATEBELE!!!
posted: 06:52 pm
Pirates mean business,they r showing character
posted: 06:52 pm
krol most get his act together an bring otorogu an msowoya back into the team ahead of malokase and mabena before he coast bucs the title you need all ur best players alwax in d team so you can change d game at anytime.only krol can make bucs lose d title or win it
posted: 06:53 pm
Chips fans:kip sulking abt the penalty nd we goin 2 braai nd celebrate our win lol...thr ar sum thngz u cnt change in futbal nd thts Orlando Pirates breaking hearts
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:54 pm
Always in the TOP 8: 2011-02-06 18:23 [ Report ]

Sorry my man for offending you by speaking my honest opinion. Congratulation to the Mighty Buccaneers for winning the 2010/11 ABSA Championship with 11 matches to spare. You are truly a great team.

posted: 06:54 pm
33 440 attendace, 16 000 was chiefs fans. 14 000 pirates fans. 3 440 aces fans.
posted: 07:03 pm
congrats to pistols for winning the league!.....
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 07:04 pm
posted: 07:06 pm
wel done boys m so proud of u,although we have tough games cuming but u wil win if u play as a team,take everygame as a final&listen 2 da intructions 4rm coach&to all da supportes ilv u guyz&u r very unique suporters in da whole wide world let us continue 2 support our team&ignore those who say bad thingz bout our team every time they tok u mst knw dat they r jls of our team.gudnt mabhakaniya amahle
posted: 07:07 pm
It was a penalty, so next time when ref decision favours my team K.C, blame the ref. What a boring game.
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