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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: 07:07 pm
A potent and formidable hunter always lies in wait and watches its prey exhaust its/(their) energy running around like (a) headless chicken(s). When he's had his fun, watching and stalking them, he goes in for the kill. Why do you think we are called Amakhosi? Simply because we are the King of the Jungle(Psl) We run this show!
Nosi ka tsebeng.
Bayede Amakhosi!!!!
Champ Always in the TOP 8
posted: 07:10 pm
Tzozo: 2011-02-06 18:54 [ Report ]
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
That's what u will be saying T-Man at the end of the season
posted: 07:16 pm
So de kAIDSer cHIVs+ r disappointed again n their CD4 count is dropping fast. Advice dey must eat cabbages 2 get better.

Shaya Bhakaniya shaya..!!
posted: 07:17 pm
bunny b if u guyz r amakhosi y r u on da 4th posesion amakhosi sud always b on top coz they r kingz not under our feet LOL "hapy people til we go 2 heaven"
posted: 07:19 pm
come 26-febr so as to see points collectors vs cable collectors
posted: 07:20 pm
who can stop us......UP THE BUCS
The Ghost
posted: 07:22 pm
Haha you can tell from the comments that a bo musunu x1 are bitter, because Pirates won ... yet again. Eish mara Pirates ya shapa jong!!!
The Ghost
posted: 07:23 pm
Musunu x1 are losing ground and thus the panic comments. Shapa Buccaneer shapa wena!!!
posted: 07:34 pm
Hao Matha, mara the comment explains why mos. Ok, I know fans from the other teams might find it a bit difficult to grasp it, so I'll make it easy for you.

Another strategy/tactic the King of the Jungle uses is to again, lie low and relax. Watch the commedy of errors as the hyenas(pirates), jackals(sundowns) and foxes(ajax) do all the work. They run around like they got the mad cow disease. After they've made a kill, the King steps up to eat both the killer and the dead prey. Tshaba thupa/nduku ya Makhosi.

posted: 07:35 pm
kaizerbels r buzy collecting cabbles while we collect points "shapa bhakabhaka shapa"
posted: 07:42 pm
A win is a win it penalty or no penalty shapa bhakaniya shapa
posted: 07:42 pm
bunny b my f but da points r going while u buzzy claiming 2 b da king .pirates has playded 19 games&only lost 2&recently we v played 11 games without losing myb we sud be called kingz u u mst b called kaizerbelz
posted: 07:42 pm
Mr Jarome Damon is a RICH man today!
r32 star
posted: 07:50 pm
ANOTHER 3POINTS IN THE BAG.i hav to admit,aces gave us a run fo our money.as fo thoz who wish us bad luck,they hav to live with da fact dat we are wining week in week out.some people hav to admire a team dat colect 15 points out of 5games.dats PIRATES FO YOU.UP THE BUCS n remember;THE TOP SPOT IS STILL UNAVAILABLE,SO PLZ KEEP TRYING AGAIN LATER,never lose hope.HOLA BUCS HOLA...
posted: 07:59 pm
Clearly I have to simplify my statements even more. Excuse me Matha, but its not easy being slow, so pls give me a week to find a clevernyana pirates supporter to translate for you. *joking skat* mara the answers to your questions are in both comments. Take your time and read them v..e..r..y.. s..l..o..w..l..y.
posted: 08:10 pm
Musa you are talking rubbish.
posted: 08:42 pm
yet to loose a game away this season... Ajax is next!
posted: 08:51 pm
Let's keep winning like Johnny Walker is keeping on walking. To have points is better than a team that is having a game in hand. The difference is that they don't have what matters most while we do have. Ooh I nearly forgot that we didn't concede...just bear in mind.
posted: 08:57 pm
To all Chips fans: i knw u al hurting ryt nw,dnt wori u wil fil beta in the morning,u beta learn 2 acept tht Pirates wil win the league nd move on, in tht way jo pathetic lives wil b much more easier
posted: 08:58 pm
up the RATs
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