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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...

posted: 05:42 pm
we won!! eish dat coach palacias....h's not proffesional....bt win is a win..
posted: 05:43 pm
In the media,kaizerbell is the best. On da field of play, they never won a league since vivian took over. Vivian lost 2 a caretaker coach. Dankie Buccaneer! Up the Bucs, since 1937!
posted: 05:44 pm
Dankie BAKAJUJU!!!!!

I hope we use the same starting 11 against downs on Tuesday.
Maar this is a galaxy people.

JUJU, recover boy, i need you to take care of Sundowns
posted: 05:44 pm
Chiefs did'nt pay their ref after we was promised a fat cheque, that is why the last min was not played. Next time Bobby pay I time.
posted: 05:44 pm
Eish what was Sithole worried about when he stopped the match with a minute still remaining ?
posted: 05:44 pm
.....I'd like to thank the Chairma n everyone associated with O.Prates......abaShweeeeeee!!!!!
posted: 05:44 pm
Up the bucs...Great game of football, much needed points for the smartest team in the PSL.
posted: 05:45 pm
I wonder if VV stil wishes to play Pirates every week
posted: 05:45 pm
@tizozo wa masende fc... U hv been takin kaka through out da week n bucs wiped ure s hole. Feel da pain smaumau ke wena le boby faty boom boom. Lets eat joy mabacaneer n leave da masende fc crying, ... Bucs rule
posted: 05:46 pm
no quality in chiefs. Reffrey win it for pirates. Players for chiefs must be discipline for thinking that they are stars.
posted: 05:47 pm
Meant to say in time
posted: 05:47 pm
"Kaizer Chiefs gave it everything they had..."
Goes 2 show dey r useless if dat was deya all, Pirates ddnt give deya all certainly not in dis game our players we're tired dey've playd 3 games in a row whe diz useless zebra hvnt playd any yet deya all cudnt give dem a win bt a loss.

Dunusa dununu here's de ship cuming with all de Ghosts on board.

posted: 05:47 pm
We dont need 3 defensive midfielders. Chiefs started to play after the introduction of Ntshumayelo.
posted: 05:49 pm
Chapa Bucs chapaaaaa.
posted: 05:51 pm
One thing for sure Mr Robert Sithole make sure that His employer (Orlando Pirates) win with distinction. He put on 250% effort on that.

I knew Pirates suppoter will never agree. Game is off 1minute earlyer why, we all knew because he (Robert Sithole) was aware that he is going to loose his brown envelope.

Kaizer Chiefs guys play soccer for 95minutes instate of 96minutes i didn't see Pirates. We have loose yes but Khosi you make my day. I injoy watching you teaching this bo-madala that is time to hang the boots.

Khosi till Khoza tell the world, Where is Rocks-Dhlamini?
posted: 05:51 pm
To that Moron called Masango you said "Pirates is stuggling all over the pitch and are not good as last year,since when are you an expect? Match day you only lasted 55 minutes on the pitch.Who is stuggling chief......?
To man of the match Mr Mc Carthy keep on showing them how goals are scored.Your critics are eating humble pie.
And Lastly to Khune who is having advantage over Pirates Thanx its not Makhosikazi.Hail Njenje Palociuos.............................
posted: 05:52 pm
Congrats pikuku 4 the hard win in that thriller match but don't get carried away this is a marathon anything can still happen in just 1 game everything changes I remain a khosi till we rise again although we lost but I'm proud of my boyz they realy gave their all
posted: 05:53 pm
Imagine abo lucky khune and lebese winning against the champs. Uboby uya sicka jong nxx.
posted: 05:55 pm
posted: 05:57 pm
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