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Posted: 30 October 2011 Time: 17:48

Orlando Pirates beat Jomo Cosmos 2-1 on Sunday, with Tokelo Rantie's goal handing them victory.

Rantie came on as a substitute and scored the winner three minutes from time, after Siyabonga Nontshinga had given Cosmos the lead on 29 minutes, and Isaac Chansa had levelled matters with a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Cosmos are yet to win a game this season, while Pirates are up to fifth on the table.

From the outset Cosmos knew chances would be few and far between and resorted to shooting on sight early on, but with little effect.

Two such examples came from Siyabonga Nhlapo in the third and fifth minute respectively, but both shots from just outside the 18-yard area went well wide.

After that, however, the Buccaneers took charge of the match and dominated the midfield battle, although they struggled to break down Cosmos' stubborn defence.

In the 20th minute Lucky Lekgwathi latched onto a corner-kick with a powerful header from the edge of the six-yard area, but his effort was superbly saved by Avril Phali, diving full stretch to his right to palm the ball away from danger.

Three minutes later a great individual run from Daine Klate saw him break down the right flank and supply a perfect cross to unmarked Bongani Ndulula 12 yards out from goal, but the Pirates striker tried a spectacular scissors-kick and only succeeded in scuffing his shot with the goal at his mercy.

Then in the 29th minute, very much against the run of play, a brilliant passing movement by Cosmos saw them break the deadlock.

Bamuza Sono created the chance on goal with a defence splitting pass that set Katleho Loke free inside the right edge of the 18-yard box. Loke fired a cutback into the box and Nonyshinga acted first, getting in front of his marker to side-foot the ball home from a couple of metres out at the near post.

In the dying seconds of the first 45, the referee wrongly adjudged Lehlohonolo Nonyane to have pulled down Rudolph Bester inside the box. Replays clearly showed Bester had dived to earn the penalty.

Nevertheless, Chansa stepped up to the spot and coolly slotted the ball home into the top left corner to make it 1-1.

Cosmos started the second half the better of the two teams, and came close to taking the lead again with two attempts on goal within a minute of each other.

In the 53rd minute Notshinga broke into the box and pulled the best out of Moeneeb Josephs' reflexes, as the keeper palmed his powerful 14-yard effort over the crossbar.

From the resulting corner Cosmos should really have scored their second goal but Thapelo Tshilo headed wide.

As Pirates pushed forward for the equaliser they left themselves exposed at the back and after a quick counter-attack Nonyane's free header was saved by Josephs, with his feet.

After surviving that scare Pirates did take the lead when Rantie latched onto a long ball from the back just outside the 18-yard box.

The youngster, in only his second match for Bucs, showed real composure as he drove into the box and beat one defender before firing home from 14 yards out, handing Pirates the victory.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:53 pm
posted: 06:54 pm
Pierats are back to their old ways of cheating. The penalty was not on. Let's hear their stupid fans who always blame refs wen they loose. Today they are quite these morons.

This penalty decision is the same as the one that caused chaos at the motaung FC, the penalty awarded to zoo fc against arrows was not a penalty, for us it's better because we had senior player who was not afraid to take the penalty, that's why Lekgwathi is still the captain, LOL, so shut up you MORON, rather channel your energy to force Bobby to adopt you because as things stand you are an outsider at Motaung FC
posted: 06:57 pm
I can see Ndulula is trying to play or imitate
posted: 06:59 pm
Lordjerry PieRats have 9m fans? Are u crazy ?where do u get that stats boy? Are u also counting dead ppl maybe.
posted: 07:01 pm
i can see Ndulula is trying to imitate Benny boy that is going to cost you,because Rantie is here play your normal game and stop to try to play like benny.the goal you were suppose to score but you idiot you wanted to kick like benny.thanks Tukelo for a wonderful goal
posted: 07:02 pm
Congrats to bucs.Well,that was a clear penalt.Yes there was no contact with the diffender but the diffender's intention was illegal,fortunately the diffender missed his target coz the striker was arlet nd jumped nd fell(not dived).Just ignore this reporter.He acts like a zebra fan.On this slyvester will surport my views.
posted: 07:03 pm
Hey you Mabukubuku what do u say abt the ref's performance today ? I see u hav bin complaing tht refs are giving u a raw deal why are u so quite abt the ref 2day. Khulumani ke zinja ndini...bloody agents.
posted: 07:05 pm
Okay editor may b u feel sorry 4 ur team jomo bt next time u should jst mistaken us beating zebraz LOL
posted: 07:08 pm
I don't Hlongwane FC winning against Swallows. Their goal poacher Tinyiko Hlongwane will be suspended lyk ada cheating referees.

Shame Pirates realized they were neva gonna win matches without bribing refs and now they are back to their old tricks they used last czn.

By the way wen last did this team win a lig match fair and square ?
posted: 07:11 pm
Gradually we geting back to our scoring ways which to me is a positive sign tht we geting back to our rightful place(at the summit of the log).

Atleast Leal gave one of out strikers a chance today n i hope Msowoya will get his too n form a deadly partnership with Rantie.

Tsipaaa tse ntsho Tsipaaa.

Ichuuuuuu ichuuuuuu!!!!
posted: 07:16 pm
Thanx Tukelo 4 a great goal. Pls bhakaniyas let's stop putting unnecessary pressure on our boys. Many of you hav been saying Ndulula is a star afta his gud performances for the under 23 now all of a sudden we call him all sorts of names. Same thing will happen to Rantie when he has a bad day on the field pls guys let's be patient.
posted: 07:21 pm
Battled to beat the weak team Cosmos,Pirates idlala kancane.Swallows will teach Cosmos how the goals should be scored.
posted: 07:41 pm
Lucky win by Chibuku FC. The pen was dodgy. No wonder the rats fans don't wanna comment abt it. Let's c how lucky they will be on Wednesday.
posted: 07:43 pm
i hp leal wil gv mayambela on wednesday a chance 2 prv hmself or hes gona b on the stands, shapa bucs shaaaaaaaaaapa......
posted: 07:45 pm
Bongs ur ryt us pirates supotas we dnt hv patience remember the last game the same Ndulula made a desicive pass to rudolf besta
posted: 07:54 pm
Operation thathazonke is stil alive @bucs family leal wil operate machine
posted: 07:58 pm
Pirates will d mo Rantie will destroy u wacth out
posted: 08:02 pm
Well done boys
posted: 08:08 pm
Ndulula must be relegated from de 1st team period.now is de tym for Rantie.oops! I forgot abt de wasteful Mabena.
posted: 08:09 pm
While im glad we have found our hitman,but plz lets not destroy our Drogba.Yes Rantie is better than Drogba but Drogba is still gaining experience.Remember you are about to destroy Mayambela with the help of zebra fans. We nearly destroyed Mbuyane.Please lets be carefull not to destroy our own stars.
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