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Orlando Pirates beat Golden Arrows in a League match

Posted: 21 December 2011 Time: 21:26

Orlando Pirates moved up to fifth place on the Absa Premiership table with a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Second half goals from Isaac Chansa and Tokelo Rantie handed the Buccaneers a deserved win that sees them end a highly successful calendar year on a high note.

Abafana Bes’thende remain a work in progress under Muhsin Ertugral and ended the year placed 12th on the log, four points above the danger zone.

The first half was a subdued and uninspiring affair, with neither team able to get into any kind of rhythm as far as their attacking play was concerned.

For Pirates, Benni McCarthy looked off the pace and lacked sufficient service and support, while Arrows’ strike partnership of Collins Mbesuma and Thamsanqa Gabuza should have been a handful for Bucs’ backline yet proved to be anything but.

The defences were certainly on top in the first 45 minutes and neither Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs not his counterpart at Arrows, young Nkosingiphile Gumede, were called upon to do any kind of challenging work.

Bucs started the second half looking a lot livelier but it was Arrows who created the first genuine scoring chance of the game in the 54th minute: Mbesuma drove down the left flank and provided a perfect cross for his partner Gabuza, but the striker directed his shot wide of the near post.

Seven minutes later Pirates made their visitors pay for that miss, taking the lead through midfielder Isaac Chansa. The Zambian got on the end of a fine cross from Daine Klate and arrowed a header into the bottom corner of the net, giving Gumede no chance of a save.

Arrows almost drew level with just under a quarter hour to play when Dillon Sheppard’s free kick flew toward the top corner of Pirates’ net, but Josephs produced a brilliant save to palm the ball away and keep his team in the ascendancy.

Once again the hosts reacted superbly to a chance for Arrows and doubled their lead in the 83rd minute. Klate was again the architect, providing a great ball into the box from a free kick that substitute Tokelo Rantie fired home to make the game safe for the Buccaneers.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:15 pm
@ tzozo wa lerete- u can call us dimpwa but we r the true champs, just go n masterbate n stop botherin us with ure stupid comments.. Bucs 4 life until family business fc win tremble
posted: 10:16 pm
I said it that people will go to bed with swollen hearts purely because they support every team that will be beaten by OPFC. People must stop hurting themselves.

Shapa tse ntsho shaaaaaaaaaaapppppaaaaa!
posted: 10:19 pm
Some are going to sleep with sore hearts tonite n the biggest culprit will the Isoso,,,,why u sotla ka pelonyana ya hao so sani,,,,,,

Am gona have a Wonderful Festive season ever in my lifeteime,,,,

Am 100% sure tht uSweswe wasnt happy like this for organizing a R100 party last weekend.

To all the haters out there drive safely guys we need u back next year to keep us going stronger n stronger,,,nawe Tzozo ride that donkey safely khosi lam we need u next year or kanjani?

Tsipaaaa tse ntsho Tsipaaaa until hobos understand how a race is run.
posted: 10:23 pm
I am a proud buccaneer but i must warn zebra fans they must just accept that the bucs are superior otherwise their health is in danger whenever my team plays(bayaminya bazobulawa yistroke)this league is between pirates & sundowns the teams to watch this season.
posted: 10:31 pm
Thank you Bhakaniya.I was a bit worried today the way we hace been donating points to other teams.That is the only way to defend the league if keep on collecting points.Well done Bucs..
posted: 10:31 pm
Knowing athletics where there is marathon, we must always remember that it's not how you start the race that counts the most but how you finish it. This message goes to those who are already in cloud 9 celebrating their teams being on the top of the log or more amazing the team at number 3 celebrating. One wonders because even the league was to end tod) they would still get nothing and I mean nil.

To my fellow batho ba bantsho, Motlokoa, Sabelo, King, Diehardbucs, Bucselona, Champ (Mopheme) and many other Bakaniyas who are equally important to me Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012. I hope to see you back safe in this blog next year.

Let me also include Zebras like All PSL Panties, Tzozo, Mosixty and many other animals...I wish you the same and hopefully you will come better next year. Ka Mashobana, Gucciman, ( where is Stonza, guys?)...the same goes to you.

Ke a lo rata guys!
posted: 10:33 pm
To all Soccer supporters have a merry christmas and a happy new year, especially to Zimbo fc fans having had their worst year ever....

To chansa, talatou, kangwa we will be with you guys when you prove to the rest of Africa at AFCON finals that you are playing for the best team in Africa....

To Benni McCarthy I cant wait to hear your an@lysis on SS4, along with legends like keshi stephen and kaffour.... Anyway the biggest team in SA continue their dominance... Football 101 was mastered at the University of Orlando.
posted: 10:34 pm
Again Pirates did what they do best i.e breaking the hearts of the Zebras.
posted: 10:36 pm
My friend who supports Zebra is not well at his home and I am on my way to check him and possibly take him to hospital. Is it because of Pirates game or what?? (Confused). I need answers.
posted: 10:37 pm
Shapa klate, shapaaa! What a boytjie. Shapa chansa shapaaa! Again came to our rescue ,like always, who said chansa is a damager, whooo? Zebras would say something like that but, a fake juju by the kak name of matt9744 is choking on his humble pie, serves him right, moron of a fake. Chansa is the ONE, THE REAL SAVER and ALL THE GHOST are greatful and should be. Shapa the anc of psl trophies shapaaa! Ho ho ho! Merry xmas zebras ,i will have one. 2trophies plus ending the year instyle, what more does a bhakabhaka want? Yonke ama nedbank ,psl and acl, period. Halala
posted: 10:42 pm
@Tholly.ba.Thathe rea leboha bhakaniya le mnyama ka nkani,,,,,i also wish all the soccer lovers out there all the best in the new year.

Hip hip hureeee mabhakaniya ajabulile for shooooooo.

Ichuuuuuuuu ke thungela dipelwana tse di utlwileng botlhoko,,,,,hahahahahahaha

Tsipaaaaa tse ntsho Tsipaaaaa.......

Halalalalalalala balakaletsi halalalalalala

Ha ba shweeee!!!
posted: 10:45 pm
Shappa Bucs shappa!Till next year guys thanx to all the haters for keeping us strong in 2011! To my fellow Bucs siyabangena in 2012 again!
TMG 2009
posted: 10:50 pm

Good to see that you are your team listened to you...congratulations for a good win, I told you during the day and your fellow RATs that you are going to win this one!!! Hopefully you won't have the disagreement you had with MARAPO...PURITY diet want to listen to me when I tried to save him from heart attack and embarrassment he chose to sleep with a sore heart...tltltltltltltltltl...enjoy it my friend!!!!

By the way it's KMGG if you are wondering!!!
posted: 10:51 pm
Sho, Pirates won but Manto must stop mixing business with pleasure, her corset and 'onoroko' must stay in the bedroom tu. mh. Yellowish I remain!
posted: 10:52 pm
Eish!! Bucs won again but am not worried 2much bcose this 3 points they got they wont put them on top of us we got 28 points 3rd position on the log and they 4got 24 points 5th position on the log even we going to lost next game they still wont catch us.
TMG 2009
posted: 10:53 pm
You are = your team & diet = didn't

My apology
posted: 10:58 pm
Editor of sowetan,said his favourite team was on a mission yesterday,today he wrote Pirates feel the heat,now his zebra's flopped yet again,he kept quite about telling us about yesterdays scores,hahahahaha,Pirates will always make people cry and editors will always find ways to degrade us,but we will always be winners,
posted: 11:04 pm
It's been a hectic year for captain Lekgwati I'm sure his hands are tired of lifting trophies! You can now relax captain and get ready to lift the trophies again in 2012!
posted: 11:05 pm
That's why I like it for the pirates, Pirates is not a family business, or a, a, a Family parlour you must like it for the pirates, Shaaaapa Bakaniya shaaaapa, until Bobby put his Father as a one of his references in his CV..#KeTrebleKingBosssss#
posted: 11:08 pm
Merry Xmas and a happy new year to all soccer lovers! I shall remain silent manje sekwanele maBhabhaka amahle!
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