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Posted: 12 February 2011 Time: 22:19

Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in a League clash on Saturday night.

The Pirates goals were scored by Katlego Mashego and Thulasizwe Mbuyane while Mabhudi Khenyeza pulled one back for Sundowns.

Pirates almost opened the scoring after just three minutes of play, with Andile Jali playing a great ball to hand Katlego Mashego a one-on-one chance with Wayne Sandilands, but the goalkeeper came up with a fine save.

Yet ten minutes later Mashego did get the better of Sandilands, this time from the penalty spot. The pace of Tlou Segolela drew a rash challenge from Method Mwanjali and referee Buyile Gqubule awarded the hosts a spot kick. Mashego converted the penalty with cool efficiency to make it 1-0 in the 13th minute.

The Brazilians’ troubled start to the game continued in the 18th minute when Lebohang Mokoena, running onto the ball in a dangerous attacking position, pulled up with a hamstring injury. Mabhuti Khenyeza replaced him a few minutes later.

Yet Sundowns gradually began to take control of the midfield battle and dominated the last 20 minutes of the first half, even though they weren’t able to create many scoring chances.

The best opportunity went the way of Nyasha Mushekwi, who beat Moeneeb Josephs to a ball outside of the penalty area but was unable to direct a shot on target from a difficult angle.

The visitors growing confidence was cut short in the final minute of regulation time in the first half when the home side went 2-0 up. Pirates worked the ball to Clifford Ngobeni from a corner kick and the midfielder played in a teasing cross that allowed Thulasizwe Mbuyane to score with a looping header over Sandilands.

Despite their two-goal deficit, Sundowns started the second half confidently and dominated proceedings right through to the final whistle. However, they found Pirates’ defence very difficult to break down, with Man of the Match Rooi Mahamutsa simply immense at the back, while Moeneeb Josephs also made some excellent saves.

It seemed as if the Brazilians would never breach the home team’s backline but almost out of nowhere they pulled one back in the 79th minute. A short corner kick routine saw Pelembe play a cross to the near post and Khenyeza provided the finishing touch with a clever flick on the outside of his right foot.

Bucs were well and truly on the back foot by this stage and just before the end of regulation time they were reduced to ten men, with Segolela shown a second yellow card for time-wasting and duly sent off.

Nearly eight minutes of additional time was played in a breathless end to the game in which Pirates packed their penalty area and resorted to little other than desperate kicks upfield, but their defence held firm and they clung on for a 2-1 victory.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:35 pm
I have jst 1 question 2 sum of da chips fans who have bin claimin dat we were playin against weak teams,IS 'SINDOWNS' also a weak team?thankx
Anonymous
posted: 10:35 pm
Hooligans were seating at the edge of thier metal bench chairs hoping n false prayin tht downs equalise but ba lebetse hore monna o mong le o mong u ja ka mofufutso wa phatla ya hae,,,,,

Halalalalala mashodu a di cable halalalalala,,,,kekekekeke

Tsipa,Tsipa,Tsipa,Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa,,,,,,,well done to the boys they played their hearts out n they deserve the credit,,,,,,sorry dawanas it looks like bucs r on something so u had to make way,,,,next time maybe to the cable thieves.

Ichuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu,,,,,,,wanthugela,,,,,,,ichiiiiiiiiiii.
tk.
posted: 10:35 pm
firstly congrats to bucs.
i think gorowa made a blunder by starting moriri, & i am afraid he is old & finished. big bold but correct decision to drop booth. pirates were lucky 2 b awarded a penalty, munjwali clearly got da ball, but these things happen in futbal. although my boys showed hunger, commitment and agression it wasn't 2 b. luk @ how habas has destroyed our xulu. maybe starting mushweki and henyekanye would have worked, but it is no use crying over spilt milk. we need to regroup and refocus the race is not over yet, but pirates r looking hungrier than the other three.
kabo yelo
Anonymous
posted: 10:35 pm
this is a beginning of problems for exell fc
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 pm
sundows mst stop taking our players bcoz it not helping them.did u c what happened 2 lebohang mkoena ha ha ha h ha ha ha phela thina we r da sea robbers
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 pm
Sundowns was robbed by da referee Gqubule dat was not supposed 2 be a penalty i swear
tokzin1
posted: 10:37 pm
Mamelodi Chimps hahahahahahaha
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
i have to put credit where its due. As a Chiefs fan i like to congrats amabhakaniya for beating the rich fancy abafana be style. Truly speaking Jali outclassed Pattison and Nyandoro, once again the Jujuman won it for ezikaMagebhula. Phelindaba is quiet like there was a funeral. Anyway Push'ipassion Soweto teams. Amabhakaniya naMAKHOSI amahle.
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
i raise my bold hand of humour and would like all da sundowns fans do the same.lets give it up masandawana u knw we won this tittle 5 times and even 3 times consecutively,we neves won it in this style of play.we are blowing hot and cold.why moriri 2day?ian must cum up with an answer and the solid one.pelembe was not up to his game the less said about nyandoro the better.let us live it to teams who have bit of consistency like pirates.we wont make it this time masandawana as 4 Mbuyane yerrr lenkomo isingenele this season.
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
hehehe, masandawana, l saw one vuvuzela on the pitch...will Majavu do his part?
Phela umuti we pierates uyasebenza, did you see what hapened to Mokoena and Khanyeza? Was the second yellow card nessesary to Sigolela? Was it a penalty?
tokzin1
posted: 10:39 pm
Mamelodi Chimps hahahahahahaha
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
tk u r a very gud suporter&u understand futbal wel unlike chimpz surpoters.but xulu wil b alrite because he is my home boy&stil young
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 pm
I suppose its our turn 2 benefit from referees anyway sum people wearin egg yelo nd black were d alltym beneficiaries so get use 2 it or call d president on his hotline.
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
Very important win if we really harbour to win the league but as usual we played well & scored two important goals in the first half but second half was disaster!hope to keep the rhythm.
Moshito o tswelela pele & I hope our next door neighbours loses tomorrow as they are now terrified by skepe sa mabhakabakha!
tokzin1
posted: 10:43 pm
Mamelodi Chimps hahahahahahaha
tokzin1
posted: 10:45 pm
Thanx Nkosi.
Anonymous
posted: 10:45 pm
Sorry Downs u came at a wrong time,where is madala Ted with his drunken prediction? Cable thefts fc are the biggest losers here, and P.stars whip their a.s.s tomorrow. UP THE BUCS.
tokzin1
posted: 10:46 pm
Thanx Nkosi.
mo-tsepula
posted: 10:46 pm
thank u bucs 4 humblin downs bt kroll shud learn 2 substitute in time cos downs wuz comin hard at us.As 4 the REF 7 MINUTES FROM WHERE & TLOU'S RED CARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:48 pm
Complaining about time waisting tactics, again? Gqubule should have added 90 minutes for injury time then.
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