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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...

Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:11 pm
Dooba OPC: 2012-02-23 11:47


You really did sweat just to prove you are still dom neh? In research, when we present the results, we also present the methodology undertaken, and the ethics that where observed... so you are not finished my dear Superbrand. Back to work, and this time please don't calculate the bench, we dealing with 11 in the field, no substitutions...

@Dooba OPC,

First of all this was not research, just simple average calculations. you dont need a methodology to do such calcs, its the same as 1+1. The sub played and your goal was scored after the sub. So the average is on all players who played not the one on the bench who did not play. Silima Ndini, i see you can not be schooled!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 01:11 pm
Well done guys keep working as team stop dat nonsense of a go slow it won't us as team bcause will lose d league as supporters we need 2 retake dat absa premership
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:14 pm
Dooba OPC: 2012-02-23 11:54 [ Report ]


BucBenzo: 2012-02-23 11:18

You just disturbed my lunch with the sermon: Cowsa the chairman of the biggest league in Africa... coming from a rat this is normal I guess, and it is no longer a joke considering that the chairman's team was just given 3 Libolos few days ago by a team that does not even exist as far as African football history is concerned. I said it yesterday that it would take a dubious win against a lowly relagation team to take away the memory of some rats when I said they will come from the hole... and it will take another 1 game to make them remember how avarage their team and coach are.


@Dooba OPC,

If you can do the average quiz that I gave you, you will realise pirates is not an average team.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:18 pm
Dooba OPC: 2012-02-23 12:13 [ Report ]


Superbrand: hey brand, I am still waiting for my methodology- forget the ethics, just give me the formula used to get to 25.23- ask King to help you if you having trouble finding something, I am sure he is way smarter than you... I knew you were not smart, like a good person that I am I give people a benefit of the doubt to prove themselves- I believe people have learning potential...

@Dooba OPC,

As I said dear Hobo, there is no need for methodology here. Just take that formula of yours, i already gave you the ages your team and the players claim and calculate and see if you will get under 23. If you do then i rest my case, you are more than a fool!!!!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 01:21 pm
@Dooba OPC,

The average without the two subs, silima ndini, is 25.18.
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 01:51 pm
Champ "Superbrand": Judging by the number of responses I can confirm you are one desperate man, not to mention frustrated: let me educate you as I see it will take longer than i envisaged.

- Methodology: is a method, you should have told me how you calculated, using what formula, simple as that- and having done my own, I have to concur with KO that the avarage is indeed 23.32. What you did was to add 3 substitutes which changed the number from 11 to 14. For the record, a formula is the how part of the methodology!
- the method: add all ages of all players in the field and divide the value you get by 11.- how difficult you got this I don't know.
-research: research is everything my man, whatever you don't know and strive to know is research... be it simple arithmetics or complex equations i.e. solving an equation is mathematical research. Methodology is to simply tell us how you did it.
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The answer you were looking for is 23.32- so you failed!
Allen.
posted: 01:56 pm
Not a very convincing vitory, but a win is a win. Another 3 points in the bag. The draw specialist should be worried by now.

Bucs by birth and till death.
Anonymous
posted: 01:57 pm
To sack a coach it won't help us mabacuner
Ma-Eddie
posted: 02:14 pm
I said it on Monday that we lost to dat Libolo team, but it is not end of the world. We've got quality players in the tim who can compete if we r organized and neva take things for granted/underestimate opponents. I'm very worried about our defense, we r letting in goals too easily, Coach please do something. Moneeb desvs special mention, he played well, had it not been of his saves we culd have lost da game. well done boys, keep your composure
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 03:30 pm
Dooba OPC: 2012-02-23 13:51


Champ "Superbrand": Judging by the number of responses I can confirm you are one desperate man, not to mention frustrated: let me educate you as I see it will take longer than i envisaged.

- Methodology: is a method, you should have told me how you calculated, using what formula, simple as that- and having done my own, I have to concur with KO that the avarage is indeed 23.32. What you did was to add 3 substitutes which changed the number from 11 to 14. For the record, a formula is the how part of the methodology!
- the method: add all ages of all players in the field and divide the value you get by 11.- how difficult you got this I don't know.
-research: research is everything my man, whatever you don't know and strive to know is research... be it simple arithmetics or complex equations i.e. solving an equation is mathematical research. Methodology is to simply tell us how you did it.
===========

The answer you were looking for is 23.32- so you failed!

@Dooba OPC,

I just wanted you to give your answer and now you have exposed yourself, you are more than a fool. you should have copied my answer and paste atleast you were going to look clever. you think everyone here in the forum is as stupid as you are when it comes to simple maths. it does not matter what methodology or research you used, the answer you gave is wrong with or without subtitutions, if we have to use ages given by the players and Chiefs.

Here is the methodology or research whatever you call it: Add up the ages and get the total which is 277 devide that with the number of player which is 11 because you dont want to include substition since they are older than 23, so your answer is 25.18 not that crap you posted.
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 04:30 pm
Champ "Superbrand": You should have left with dignity and salvaged your pride- everyone who has followed our argument knows that I educated you, and you think you are smart by educating me about my methods, and by changing the real ages of youngstars to what suits your argument? I work with statistics everyday and know the ins and outs, of which I have proven- and you had to learn from me to prove me wrong with a wrong answer? hehehehe- you are poorer than I gave you credit. So in that little mind of your you think KO's verified mean calculations were flawed? hehehehe, you are out of your wits... you should have followed King cause he knew he could argue at my level... I am not a smar person, but I can assure you that I know a lot, and that today I have proven that i know more than somebody, that would be you...hehehe!!!!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:08 pm
@Dooba,

I know for sure you know nothing about statistics. you think by saying you work with numbers everyday you will actually look like someone who knows what he is talking about. How can you work with statistics everyday and not know how to calculate a simple average. I am definately sure you did not even pass grade 10 maths at school. If you did you will not be still here trying to convince me that you actually know what you are talking about. Which young player did i change his age? give me his name and real age and the source. my source is Kaizer chiefs website.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:17 pm
@Dooba,

For your info, i used the current age. That is if a player is 21 and will be 22 in March, I use 21. The average of the team that played cosmos is over 24. If you still are insanely in denial then provide the list of players who played that match and their ages and also give the source fro the ages. Then show your calculations like i did and the you can actually shoot that mouth of yours because at present you are just posting nothing but kak.
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