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Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates draw

Posted: 20 March 2012 Time: 20:15

Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their four-point lead at the top of the standings after a goalless draw with second-placed Orlando Pirates at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday evening.

After the trials and tribulations of Saturday’s Soweto Derby, this match failed to live up to expectations and at times threatened to boil over as the players got involved in a few off-the-ball niggles.

Sundowns definitely had the better of the first half, though it was Pirates who had the first effort on goal after 10 minutes – Thabo Matlaba hitting a powerful shot after a surging run, but straight at Wayne Sandilands.

Hlompo Kekana, still looking for his first goal of the season not scored against Powerlines, had The Brazilians’ first shot in anger four minutes later after beating Daine Klate with some great skill, but then fired a drive inches wide with Moeneeb Josephs struggling.

Tlou Segolela hit the side-netting for Pirates a minute later, before Kekana again failed to hit the target; this time after being set up by Elias Pelembe.

Ten minutes from halftime and Klate too hit the side-netting, before Teko Modise came closest to breaking the deadlock when his free-kick from the left touchline eluded everyone, including Josephs, but clipped the crossbar and bounced to safety.

Pirates started the second half well and managed to get a lot of crosses into the area, but nothing that had Sandilands too worried.

In fact, it was Josephs who was next called into action, parrying Katlego Mphela’s rasping drive for a corner.

Then, on 57 minutes, the game’s best chance fell to Klate. Benni McCarthy did well to run onto a through-ball and beat Sandilands before setting up the winger, who then proceeded to send his shot well wide with the goalkeeper nowhere in sight.

Two excellent pieces of defending from Rooi Mahamutsa and Punch Masenamela denied Pelembe and Klate certain scoring chances, which by this stage had become few and far between as the game descended into a scrappy – and at times ill-tempered – affair.

In fact, the closest we got to a deciding goal was Modise’s long-range effort on 83 minutes which forced Josephs into a smart save low down to his left.

Andile Jali was shown a second yellow card a minute from time and Masenamela almost netted an own-goal from Matlaba’s cross in injury-time, but in the end the teams settled for a share of the points.

Ryan Cooper

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 12:16 pm
Rubbish is what you1e praising Jali of doing.......you can qoute me on that one too.

Manyisa had a toothache, just that the Dentist had'nt found it by kick off time, he's still searching namanje. lol.
KING?
posted: 12:16 pm

Tebza( Totalfootball) The Champ: how is Njenje failing the team if he was not even part of the technical team or commitee,

whats wrong about promoting players from the development, that is the culture at the club which has been sidelined in recent years.

Why did Khoza relegate Tebogo Moloi to the development in Kroll's tenure, why did we recruit Craig Roslee even Tebogo was that good.

Njenje is there to sustain the team while we are looking for the coach n i see no one else suitable to run this club at the moment.
Loverboy!!
posted: 12:21 pm
Kabo Yellow are really average.They should have killed the game early on especially when playing at home.Atleast there was no Zim player on field hence the results.Xulu is really a class player with constant play he could make it to BB.The game was too tactical as opposed to one we saw last weekend.Hail Pirates for point gained away from home
Ranky
posted: 12:22 pm
I had hoped to see Thandani coming in for Jali at the hour, his space optimisation is second to none, the midfield is where you'll find the most intelligent, the quickest thinking, and the best anticipators in the game. He has an "extra sense" of reading the game & brilliantly combines vision with execution, but I really admire his intelligent use of space. As for Jali he needs to focus, the boy is talented, but in the modern game ability should be merged with mentality if one is to make a long lasting success or legacy.
Anonymous
posted: 12:35 pm
@Sweyts, I understand that no one is immune to criticism, but the timing also counts.

Our team has been pushing for wins since the resumption of the second round, would you agree with me that all those opponents who drew with Mamelodi Sundowns, their coaches were grateful for the 1 point they gained against our team? Even yersterday, the Pirates coach praised his defenders.

My first post was lamenting the coach's late subs especially the Mushekwi one.

I just don't like it when our own supporters are targeting players particurlarly before games cause that means for those of us who read the comments we have to scrutinize those targeted individuals negatively.

I believe our players have got a lot of room to improve mostly when it comes to that "never die attitude", risk taking and pushing for more.

Ka bo YELLOW!

@KING, why do we have to answer your questions concerning Kaizer Chiefs fans and Motsepe. How bout you give a fair reflection of the game through your comments?




Yellow Is The Way!








Yellow I Was, Yellow I Am & Yellow I Will Remain! (Happily so)

Anonymous
posted: 12:53 pm
Sho Mamodowe, I comprehend Dawana.....Yellow.
Anonymous
posted: 01:30 pm
Dat game ws boring both teams shwd us dy ar nt champioshp material dy ar jst holding umbreal 4 makhosi fact is chiefs wil thr lig nd ndbnk cup without competition
Anonymous
posted: 01:37 pm
Mr ref andile mfiki always show sow many cards each match he refilie he's one of the poor ref i ever see I wonder why safa elect him in such big game
Futbal fan
posted: 03:30 pm
@champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach:

I know you are gonna insult me after reading this, I dont care coz I wouldnt be the 1st nor the last!!

I thought you were aware that KC uses Gold not yellow unless you conveniently put your glasses off.

Let's suppose you are right, its so pleasant that we've managed to recruit KC supporters to our side, you are also free to do so if you so wish to.

The truth is that the midfield battle was a draw, hence a 0-0 draw, mind you this was a game between the defending champs and the aspiring champs.I have so much admiration for Jali and would like to see him represent BB partnering Kekana, but he has to be taken for anger management courses and bring back a certified Certificate to allow him into the starting 11, lest we will always finish games with 10 players.


We shall sing YELLOW until your heart pumps oxiginated blood to your eyes!!!!
Futbal fan
posted: 03:30 pm
@champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach:

I know you are gonna insult me after reading this, I dont care coz I wouldnt be the 1st nor the last!!

I thought you were aware that KC uses Gold not yellow unless you conveniently put your glasses off.

Let's suppose you are right, its so pleasant that we've managed to recruit KC supporters to our side, you are also free to do so if you so wish to.

The truth is that the midfield battle was a draw, hence a 0-0 draw, mind you this was a game between the defending champs and the aspiring champs.I have so much admiration for Jali and would like to see him represent BB partnering Kekana, but he has to be taken for anger management courses and bring back a certified Certificate to allow him into the starting 11, lest we will always finish games with 10 players.


We shall sing YELLOW until your heart pumps oxiginated blood to your eyes!!!!
Futbal fan
posted: 03:54 pm
@champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach:

I know you are gonna insult me after reading this, I dont care coz I wouldnt be the 1st nor the last!!

I thought you were aware that KC uses Gold not yellow unless you conveniently put your glasses off.

Let's suppose you are right, its so pleasant that we've managed to recruit KC supporters to our side, you are also free to do so if you so wish to.

The truth is that the midfield battle was a draw, hence a 0-0 draw, mind you this was a game between the defending champs and the aspiring champs.I have so much admiration for Jali and would like to see him represent BB partnering Kekana, but he has to be taken for anger management courses and bring back a certified Certificate to allow him into the starting 11, lest we will always finish games with 10 players.


We shall sing YELLOW until your heart pumps oxiginated blood to your eyes!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 04:02 pm
Much as we like BBM, the coach must take him out when's tired.
911omphile
posted: 09:45 am
On paper and on the field.. best team in the league Kabo yellow
zenzelemfanasibile@yahoo.com
posted: 02:58 pm
mxm wena king u lying coz u only collected 2 points this season,pirates drew against sundowns in the first round and they drew again in the second round so stop toking rubbish and lies lol lol lol u moron u dnt follow soccer thats why u sharing lies in public nxa
zenzelemfanasibile@yahoo.com
posted: 03:02 pm
@King u wish pirates to win the absa premiership mxm this time around thats not going to happen as long as sundowns is still on top u will follow Sundowns with 4 point behind till the last game of leuague ,pirates is one of the weakest team they were luck to beat chiefs nje
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