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Orlando Pirates beat AmaZulu in League clash

Posted: 4 April 2012 Time: 21:40

Orlando Pirates moved level on points with Absa Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns thanks to a 1-0 win away to AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night.

On-loan striker Tokelo Rantie netted an early goal to put Bucs in the lead and they never relinquished their advantage, holding out for a narrow but deserved victory.

The home side almost opened the as early as the first minute under fortunate circumstances when a clearance from Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa struck Goodman Dlamini on the face but the ball went just wide of the upright.

However, the visitors went ahead five minutes later when a long ball from the back was headed down by Benni McCarthy; then a poor clearance by Thamsanqa Teyise allowed Rantie to finish with a powerful shot from the centre of the penalty area.

Usuthu went forward in search of the equalizer and came close to getting one in the eighth minute when Marc Van Heerden found himself with space to shoot outside the penalty area but Meyiwa did well to push his low shot around the post.

In the 18th minute Rantie came close to grabbing his second goal of the game when he latched onto another flick from McCarthy before racing towards the right side of the box, but his powerful low drive was pushed wide by Mbongeni Mzimela.

Rantie continued to trouble the Usuthu defence and in the 26th minute he collected a clearance from Thabo Matlaba on the left flank and cut inside his marker before firing a low shot which went just wide of the near post.

Ayanda Dlamini had a quiet first half by his standards but he did make his presence felt in the 37th minute.

The Nongoma-born striker met a throw-in from Tsweu Mokoro with a brilliant turn into the box before unleashing a powerful shot which was tipped over the crossbar by Meyiwa to keep his side ahead going into the break.

The home side then fired the first shot in anger five minutes after the break when Tangeni Shipahu ran free on the right but his shot was blocked by Meyiwa at the near post.

The Buccaneers threatened again in the 64th minute when Rantie collected the ball in the middle of the park before playing a neat one-two with McCarthy on the edge of the area, but his shot went wide of goal.

Neither of the two sides managed to create clear chances in the closing stages of the match and Pirates were able to hold on for maximum points.

Previous comments on this story...

Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:21 pm
Where r thoz izidididi Sweyts n Brazilito?busy at hospital being treated 4 heart complications lol.VIVA Bhakaniya!!!
wat was 7 pnts is now a mere goal diference n the Teko factor is now in full swing
posted: 10:22 pm
Pirates already have a good coach. Palacios must stay
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:25 pm
Mabena n Torres r just the same,WTF
posted: 10:27 pm
Yewena sdididi Mriyo, ungazo biza thina ngeydididi wena sdididi! lol.

You're the one who's happiness depends on Pirates' results. lol.

Nx! 1-0 f.c.!
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:28 pm
Why was Tukelo being ovalukd al this time mara,gud thing Leal is gone coz he might hv neva playd unda that moron of a coach
posted: 10:28 pm
Congra Pirates bt the show is still on.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:33 pm
@ Sweyts : 2012-04-04 22:27

gud 2 c u coment baba,i thot mayb u kicked a bucket lol.wats up mr draw specialist?ulale kahle baba n dnt score a winner in yo dreams as break yo boat bed celebrating nothin lol
posted: 10:33 pm
Congratulations r in order for Black Leopards for representing nd Hoisting SA flag high in African safari.the least we say abt pretenders the better.they think beating Amazulu is the second star on their jersey
posted: 10:34 pm
7 games akuyona insangu anything is posible. A freindly advaz the is nt a knock out is Lig. Lot of games to be played. You can't fool your self by saying you will all games.
posted: 10:37 pm
Jy weet, if this were Sundowns winning 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 I bet you, we'd be as disgusted as wea are right now for not loosing........anyway, that's us and it would be unfair to expect the same from physical labourers I guess! lol.
posted: 10:41 pm
Ya inyani eyo,the you remember 2004/2005 Last 2 games were the final ask uScara.
posted: 10:43 pm
Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa until udunu n beit bridge ait tht b
posted: 10:46 pm
@Mthinayi... Ama comments wakho a-off side bro... It's still Chokers Fc that are @ da top, so uthini grand grand nge last 2 games & OP? Where's da link? Or maybe ulahlekile, u looking for the Dunusa match report or ufungela iBlack Leopards ngalo last 2 games wakho?...

Lala mkhulu kuzoba ncono, indaba nasheshe nahleka afta uJosta akora i-fluke yama goal ay 4 early in da czin...
posted: 10:50 pm
I'd really really like to thank the Chairman.....now I can see the way 4ward.....!!!
posted: 10:55 pm
I'm so so proud to be a buccaneer.Coming back to the league, to me it looks like this is going to be a two horse race, Pirates and Swallows.The reason is simple they(Swallows and Pirates)are winning their games while Sundowns are drawing their games, that is not how you win the league.Bucs I remain
posted: 10:57 pm
So you assume we will drop points till the end? Think again bantu aba didizayo, it aint over by a mile....
posted: 10:57 pm
Pathetic yellow gap painted with black and white mixed with a bit of red. UP THE CHAMPZ.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:59 pm
Izilwane zase Nazoorena zoo beziminyile the entire match. Shapa Bucs shapa! Now the gap os clear white from yellow 2 red, it will eventually b pure black.Ezimnyama ngenkani!!
posted: 11:08 pm

If your current form is anything to go by then kiss the cup goodbye,the cup will be on it's way to Soweto.6 draws out of 8 definitely is not a recipe to win the league but we are in for an exciting finish.
posted: 11:20 pm
Congratulations to the entire Bucs family
@Mtinayi im glad u not calling us amakakaniya anymore,I dont like that name
@Sweyts sori Dawana lami if u want to be the best uve to compete against the best,aphi amaZebra abangani bakho? Khonza nakuBrazillito
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