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Orlando Pirates beat Platinum Stars 4-3

Posted: 22 February 2012 Time: 21:26

Three goals in the second half – scored by Siyabonga Sangweni, Tokelo Rantie and Benni McCarthy – saw Orlando Pirates come from a goal behind to beat Platinum Stars 4-3 Wednesday night.

Pirates first goal on the night, which gave them the lead, was an own-goal from Enocent Mkhabela. Platinum Stars found the back of the net through Sibusiso Msomi, Mduduzi Nyanda and Lucas Thwala.

It was an enticing opening 45 minutes as both sides looked to attack from the first whistle, which resulted in a quick start.

In only the fourth minute, some good work down the left flank by Dikgang Mabalane resulting in him beating his marker before supplying a low cross into the box, which was spilled by Siyabonga Mpontshane, straight into the path of Isaac Chansa, but he fired over from six-yards out with an empty net at his mercy.

Three minutes later Stars were gifted a scoring opportunity because of some sloppy defending by the Buccaneers.

A cross from the left by Elias Ngwepe found an open Nyanda who was allowed to get a shot on goal from six yards, but Moeneeb Josephs made a great close range save, diving to his right to palm the ball away from danger.

After the frantic start the game settled down, as both teams tried to take control of the midfield.

Stars were beginning to gain the ascendancy, with Thuso Phala and Lindokuhle Mbatha causing problems for the Pirates defence on the flanks.

In a great counter-attacking move, Phala played Ngwepe into space down the left. The Stars defender drove towards the by-line and produced a pin-point low cut-back to find an unmarked Nyanda 12 yards out from goal.

Nyanda tried to side-foot the ball home, but Josephs made a great save.

The rebound then fell to Ngwepe on the left and again he crossed the ball to the back post to find an unmarked Mbatha, but he too saw his 10-yard shot acrobatically saved by the Buccaneers shot-stopper.

Two minutes later and Stars were made to pay for their glaring misses as Mkhabela headed home an own-goal to give Pirates the lead while trying to defend a corner-kick, to make it 1-0.

The home side quickly hit back, finding the equalising goal in the 35th minute.

A scramble in the Pirates box resulted in Henrico Botes laying the ball back for an unmarked Msomi, who expertly fired the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from 22-yards out.

The half ended 1-1 and both sides looked happy to hear the half-time whistle of this fast paced game.

At the start of the second half the Buccaneers began to take control of the match as Stars looked content to sit back in defence and hit on the counter-attack, although Pirates could not break down a resolute Dikwena defence.

Then in the 68th minute, somewhat against the run of play, the home side took the lead.

Nyanda picked up the ball on the edge of the box and took on Bheki Nzunga, beating the Pirates defender for pace before firing the ball across the face of goal and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net from eight yards out to make it 2-1.

Eight minutes later Pirates found the equaliser when Siyabonga Sangweni rose above the Stars defence to powerfully head home a right-wing cross from Mabalane.

In the 79th minute it was déjà vu for Da Gama and his men because in a matter of three minutes his side went from being a goal up to being a goal down after substitute Tokelo Rantie finished off a good passing movement in clinical style from 10 yards out to make it 3-2.

Four minutes from time another substitute, Benni McCarthy, sealed victory for Bucs, showing his strength to head home another Mabalane cross from the right: 4-2.

Stars did find a consolation goal in the 93rd minute as Lucas Thwala latched onto a corner-kick at the back post and headed the ball home.

The win for Pirates sees them up to fourth while Platinum Stars find themselves in real trouble at the wrong end of the table.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:10 pm
We can't travelling without Andile Jali, pirates without Jali is nthng.
posted: 10:11 pm
Atleast we conquer SA's football..xapa mabhakaniya xapaa
posted: 10:12 pm
It looks like the coach's days in a Pirates ship are numbered if you look at the players body language you can see that there is more to this than meets the eye.
posted: 10:13 pm
Is painful for other people who not supporting Pirates.
posted: 10:15 pm
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:19 pm
Sumtimz it proves that supporters undstand futbal,how long hv we been cryin 4 Rantie 2 b given a chance?u cant use 2 slow players as strikers,if u combine a speedy tactical player(Rantie) wit slow bt experienced player like Benni,u wud get results n 2day that ws proven.Josephs ws briliant n saved us.win is win n i hope this Leal fool learnt sumting frm this.
posted: 10:19 pm
What a game. Weldone bucs. Pltinum stars have themselves to blame. My only concern is that rats r conceding 3 goals week in week out. Wether its domkat or senzo kuya fana. I'm sure the chorus " the coach must go" is on hold until weekend when maritzburg teach u a leason
posted: 10:20 pm
Well done boys

The league race is still on, downs and SSports are feeling the heat.

Shapa JUJU Shapa !!!!
posted: 10:20 pm
ya thats why you must like it for the pirates,am very tired for always this peoples you must show me what is happening for the pirates
you must say you must show something for the zulu or sotho or what what you must somebody
posted: 10:21 pm
The once 7 and 5 points gaps is now a mere 5 & 3 points gap respectively!...

Tsipa Bhakajuju!... Eish am heart attacks ayanda eNazoorena, Hollard will b filing 4 bankruptcy b4 end of biznis 2mrw...

Tsipa! Ichuuuuu!...

Bucs till ParCow scores his 2nd goal in open play & 3rd goal overall since returning to retire @ Kaizer Libolo Platinum cHIVs...

Bucs I remain... & Leal must still go, plz...
posted: 10:21 pm
OPFC must be arrested for causing so many animals to be hospitalized. Animals were already on with their champaign when the Mighty Bucs pulled out one of the best if not the best ever performance...the performance only displayed by galaxy of stars...let say tankie Tokelo...tankie King Bennie...tankie Gautrain...tankie Slim Kat...tankie the entire OPFC family...and most importantly tankie The Terminator.

With this victory I say to those who passed on...May your souls R.I.P.
posted: 10:23 pm
Up the Bucs. My Bucs my joy, my happy people my Bhakaniya. Sweet-sweet Bucsie.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:24 pm
I wonda wat the presence of Ruud Krol meant,is he takin ova at PS or was just shakin Leal up?
posted: 10:25 pm
I just can't wait for the 17 March 2012, as we will show Mzantsi the class of the Mighty Buccaneers. Zebra faithfools like to put themselves in unncessary pains & agony.

Thet always have high hopes & expectations thinking that football is played by miracles...stop dreaming zebras, Mighty Bucs have class than you, period!!!!!!!!

posted: 10:25 pm
Whatever you can vomit haters it doesnt shake coz we are here, ses'fikile and you (SunDogs n Zebras) mst remember ukuthi we are not interested in winning the league, the only thing we want is to nicely defend it which is going to happen in front of your big eyes nina zingulube!lol.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:28 pm
Mabalane had a gud game,deliverd gud croses even tho he lacks fitness.The monkeys r f*ckd 2nite n back 2 reality of sorrows as usual.
posted: 10:29 pm
Small teams playing against each other. I odg time is up.rudi krol will take over press conference will be held at 12PM tomorrow.
posted: 10:29 pm
Black & Yellow:2012-02-22 22:21

You won't believe that thus far quite a significant number of animals have been admitted @ Helen Josephs, Bara, Leratong, Steve Biko and Dr George Mkhari...according to my wife who's working night shift, it is reported that all these morons are suffering from the similar illness called Libolo-Platinum-cHIVs-Syndrome. So whether it can be healed it will depend on whether a muti is discovered and inyanga Yeye has to lead the campaign to get the muti.
posted: 10:29 pm
Come end of the season, both Sunkops & Zebras will be empty handed with no trophy to show & an embarassment to their faithfool fans!!!!!!!!
posted: 10:31 pm
@ Tolly Makaka
Hola bakaniya where were u wen ur galaxies played well against Libolo ? U were nowhere to b c'n. Now one win n u crawl 4rm ur hiding place. It was only king and Mriyo who were brave enuff to stand up 4 their tim. So ur 1 of those fair weather supotas who only show their ugly faces wen de tim win. Sheeeeeeeem...anyway congrats on ur crappy win.
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