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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...

Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 11:23 pm
Champ "Superbrand": 2012-04-04 22:59 [ Report ]
Izilwane zase Nazoorena zoo beziminyile the entire match

Don't worry Champ, that's what they do daily when the Champs play.One friend of mine, I have given up on him, whenever the Zebras play at FNB and we play at Orlando, he always insist that he goes with me to the stadium, I never understood the rational behind this unusual behavior, I initially thought he enjoys watching the Champs play, but contrary to that he was forever miserable after the match, for obvious reason, we won.

Eventually I confronted him to establish the cause of his misery and he confessed his hate for the Champ, hence he would rather forfeit going to watch his Zebras play but come to Orlando stadium simply ukuthi azo MINYA.Now he attends our games alone because he doesn't want me to rub into his misery

So from today Champ, whenever you see a Zebra at our games even when
Zebras are playing across town you must know that they are there for one and only one reason... UKUZOMINYA....kwakwakwkakwa
posted: 11:54 pm
Double agony for zebra fans they lost twice in two days,the chokers r starting to choke while the champs r starting to show their true colours,Pirates must be crowned psl champions now to save time instead of waiting for the 8remaining games.UP THE BUCS SHOW!
posted: 12:30 am
I just can't wait 4 Sfiso Myeni 2 cum nd claim his position from dt useless Daine Klate who's wasteful nd doesn't offer us anythin gud eva since he joined d Champs, its my opinion of coz no hard feelings 2 Klate but he has bn given far 2 much chance 2 redeem himself. Big ups 2 Matlaba thanks 4 showin Cloete how 2 play left back. Cloete nd Klate belong on d stands not even on d bench period.
The Ghost
posted: 12:55 am
Pirates ya shapa jong!!!
posted: 02:48 am
Dear Makhosi our slogan has been changed from "Rise, Khosi Rise" to "Arrive Alive Khosi, Arrive Alive"
posted: 03:28 am
Linjalo-ke ibhola.
posted: 06:06 am
@ decibels, you killed me, kwakwakwakwakwa......kwikwikwikwikwi
posted: 06:31 am
Sifiso my outie in future jst keep your lousy opinions to yourself it jst shows that u lack football brains hw on earth can u say that klate and cloete deserves to sit on the stands,my man i'm not even sure that u r a bucs fan.maybe u r one of those who think leal was the mastermind nxxxa.UP THE BUCS SHOW!
posted: 06:36 am
posted: 06:41 am
One game at a time Mabhakaniya
posted: 06:55 am
We need more goals guys please!!! You are scaring me with these 1-0 scoreline
El Kampion
posted: 06:59 am
7 games to go for Sunclowns FC,6 draws and 1 loose to Zebras....

MY DNA tested Black and White
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:01 am
De Bruin!!!
posted: 07:18 am
Now that Rantie is has barnished the "Yellow Gap" hit track, let us watch as Myenicomfotably starts terrorising everything that moves.

Mabalane must up his game or go to the stands,Bester must improve his dicission making,Jali must fight as usual just like Bibo.

Icant wait for the day we flipin win a treble Again just to rub it in on em sore losers(chockers I mean)

posted: 07:20 am
Where are the Zebras now? They see now that it wasn jealousy when we say they wont win the league,where is the Yellow nation? Now they see it wasn jealousy when we say they jst holding an umbrella,whenever a Buccaneer talks people must wake up
posted: 07:40 am
yithi ibhoiza la kule league we are going to do it again....this year
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 07:51 am
Eish, it looks like it will one of those years when we will never have peace; as much as I wished all bad things to rats gester, I have to admit that they won. But I am not so sure if they will win the league- they still don't look convincing, and scrappy goals always work for them. They are indeed luckier than us.

Nevertheless, congrats to rats!
posted: 08:07 am
when we're 9pts behind Downs they called us rats.where are we 2day?shapa BUCS .forgive rams
posted: 08:10 am
Pırates dıd very well agast Amazulu and they wıll do the same wıth jomo C
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 08:12 am
I just hope Bobby and his father are happy now that even FSS is above us... how can they be so stupid. Keeping VV for over 3 years without delivering on the league mandate was their worst stupidity!
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