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Orlando Pirates beat Kaizer Chiefs in Soweto Derby

Posted: 17 March 2012 Time: 14:53

Kaizer Chiefs gave it everything they had, been in the end just failed to overturn a three-goal deficit as they lost the Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium 3-2 to Orlando Pirates.

The Buccaneers had raced out of the blocks and were 3-0 up after 24 minutes courtesy of a brace from Benni McCarthy and Andile Jali’s tap-in. However, goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala and Lehlohonolo Majoro ensured a tense finish in front of 87 000 fans

In one of the most exciting 45 minutes in recent Soweto Derby history, The Buccaneers were out of the blocks like a house on fire, though they were helped in no small measure by some woeful defending from the AmaKhosi.

It took just nine minutes for McCarthy to score on his Derby debut – and it was a piece of play that Keegan Ritchie will not want to see again.

Itumeleng Khune had done well to save Oupa Manyisa’s shot with his legs, with the ball falling to the former Moroka Swallows defender. But rather than clear it from danger, Ritchie tripped over the ball, allowing McCarthy to bury the ball into the roof of the net.

It took Chiefs all of 19 minutes to have their first attempt at goal – Bernard Parker running onto a lob over the top and firing a shot on target, but Thato Matlaba did well to track back and block the effort.

It was to prove a false dawn though, as Pirates made it 2-0 three minutes later. Some great vision from McCarthy played Tlou Segolela in on the left. His chip beat the onrushing Khune, meaning a simple tap-in for Jali, under pressure from his own man Daine Klate!

And four minutes later it was Segolela weaving more magic down the left, beating two players before setting up McCarthy for an expert finish into the far corner.

Chiefs pulled one back in the 33rd minute, and it was worth the wait too. Siphiwe Tshabalala got the ball on the edge of the area with his back to goal, turned one defender, and then fired a low shot past Moeneeb Josephs.

Shortly afterwards Segolela missed a chance to get his name on the scoresheet, but he fired over as Bucs went into the break in the ascendency.

Chiefs looked a better side after the break, while at the same time Pirates became a lot more circumspect, seemingly content to hold onto their lead.

Mandla Masango had an early chance to pull a goal back, but he failed to get over an excellent cross from Tshabalala.

Still, Chiefs kept attacking and on the hour-mark thought they had a penalty when Rooi Mahamutsa looked to have brought down Bernard Parker, but replays suggested referee Robert Sithole was correct in waving the appeals away.

Against the run of play, Pirates almost netted a fourth in spectacular fashion when Segolela spotted Khune off his line and had a go from the halfway line, but his shot sailed inches over with the goalie a mere spectator.

Then, on 70 minutes, Chiefs got their second. Parker’s flicked-on corner fell to substitute Majoro, who did spun around and fired the ball into the back of the net.

Chiefs kept on pushing for an unlikely equaliser, but with Pirates content to sit back and defend, it was always going to be a tough ask, though Tshabalala did come close in the dying minutes, only for Josephs to block at his feet.

The three points move Pirates up to second place, with Chiefs remaining third.

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:28 pm
Kill dem BENNY!! Dankie Buccaneer, since 1937!
Anonymous
posted: 05:29 pm
Come on makhosi its late
Anonymous
posted: 05:30 pm
khosi 4 life
chronic2001
posted: 05:31 pm
hahahaha
Loction
posted: 05:31 pm
Who's fat now?
Anonymous
posted: 05:31 pm
Tsiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipa!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:31 pm
R thy stil singng libolo song?
Anonymous
posted: 05:33 pm
sydney:2012-03-17 17:16

i wonder VV who is he going to blame for this loss..........
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A man who lacks people man
agement skills will definitely blame
Ritchie.

Today I saw the Ghost. Congrats to Pirates.

Hardy Bobby FC. Khosi(not bobbyFC) will bounce back next season.
chronic2001
posted: 05:33 pm
eish mare bafethu chiefs nearly killed us,truth be said.this game was a big stage for mayambela,mare for the first time mabena impressed me
Anonymous
posted: 05:34 pm
congratulations to da rats dy tuk de chances. But de r many positives frm da khosi camp, shabba parker n katsanda wer all excellent i dnt think tinashe wil evr play again. Mara wena vv y did u take out masango n started with only 1 striker. M a proud khosi fan we can hold our heads up.
Anonymous
posted: 05:35 pm
Never write pirates players off. Mabena am proud of you boy. Tlou my hat of for yu Brilliant Bennie Mcathy. Yes sir
Anonymous
posted: 05:35 pm
Bolaya buccaneer! Gautrain dankie son! Benny dankie son! Manyisa and Jali dankie boys! Technical team stop defending tactics. Kaizerbell, otla nyela son! Once and always a buccaneer since 1937! Shapaa buccaneerr!!!
Loction
posted: 05:35 pm
Today is where Chiefs loose the league
Anonymous
posted: 05:35 pm
eish... Makhosi we gave Chibuku the win on a platter. The first goal was a gift. But at least our boys showed sum fighting spirit. Hadeeeee Makhosi and congrats to Chibuku on your lucky win. At least we saw goals. Well done Chibuku though i say it with a heavy heart.
Anonymous
posted: 05:36 pm
Baphi? Derz no miraculars cum back not now not during soccerzone n not ever.

2 hell with diz motormouth zebra cHIVs+ die u suckers u lyk 2 talk a lot now u can celebrate our loss 2 Santos. U'll nvr beat de mean machine de Titanic led by captain Jack Sparrow himself Benni.

Hahaha kill dem Benni.

Anonymous
posted: 05:36 pm
Well done Ezikamagebhula, maar nizonya Tusday ekse ver hulle! That ref. robbed Chiefs with a full minute futhi! lol.

To the Zebras, hard luck gents you tried, just that it was'nt good enough.

I must say......Football 101 was mastered at the Calabash of Soweto! Yoh!
Anonymous
posted: 05:38 pm
at sum stage i thot Chibuku will thrash us 5-0. Our boys showed rustiness. Tshabalala was ur best player though he has been out for weeks. Eish, the first goal ... School boy errors by our defence.
Anonymous
posted: 05:40 pm
who has been molested now, ha ha ha ha ichuu.......
Anonymous
posted: 05:40 pm
Almost Doesnt Count!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:41 pm
Congrats 2nd star FC. We lost dis game b4 we even played. Seeing Ritchie instead of Jambo en a 4-2-3-1 system worse wit Parker as a lone striker I knew we not winning. I thot de coach will introduce Nale, Majoro en Dladla but he was fooled by Khune's goal against amateur team.

We lost dis game bcos of 3 things:

1. Our defence froze in de 1st 20 min en made school boy mistakes

2 The tactics of de coach were appauling. Why not play Majoro. Parker has nothing 2 offer. He can't put a decent cross. Ritchie was a big No No

3 Gr8 tactics by Palacious for silencing our full backs en come at us wit de wings.

Am suprised he said he's gonna attack wit wings but de coach neva had answers even wen he was pre warned.

Again congrats de rats.

Rise khosi de road is still long.
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