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Orlando Pirates top of the log after beating Jomo Cosmos

Posted: 9 April 2012 Time: 19:50

A 92nd minute goal from second half substitute Rudolph Bester took Orlando Pirates to the top of the League table in a dramatic 2-1 win over Jomo Cosmos at Orlando Stadium on Monday night.

An early goal from Bongani Ndulula was cancelled out by Siyabonga Nhlapo before Bester scored a late winner with virtually the last touch of the ball.

It was the perfect start for the home side as Ndulula gave them the lead after only four minutes.

The Buccaneers striker concluded a swift passing movement with a clinical finish from six-yards out to give Pirates the early ascendancy, 1-0.

Shell-shocked by the home side’s blistering start, Cosmos struggled to get hold of the ball early on and could only watch as Pirates stroked the ball around the park with confidence and precision.

In the 24th minute Cosmos’ hard-work paid off as they found a superb equaliser through the boot of Siyabonga Nhlapo.

The Cosmos man picked up the ball in space 30-yards out from goal and unleashed a thunderbolt which found the top left-hand corner of the goal, 1-1.

After surrendering their lead, Pirates picked up the pace of the game and began dictating the flow once more.

Still, they struggled to break down a resolute Cosmos defence and had to resort to shooting from long range.

The closest the Buccaneers came, however, to scoring a second in the first-half came a minute before the halftime break when Thabo Matlaba brought the best out of Avril Phali.

Matlaba let loose from 25-yards out, but Phali was quick to react making a good save to deny the Pirates man.

The second 45 minute continued where the first left off and Oupa Manyisa was the first to try his luck form distance, but much like his compatriots his 30-yard shot in the 66th minute sailed over the crossbar.

Six minutes later and Thulasizwe Mbuyane should have given Pirates the lead for the second time, but he squandered his chance heading over from close range after meeting a right-wing cross.

The Buccaneers captain squandered another golden opportunity to take the lead in the 80th minute when Lucky Lekgwathi fired wide from six-yards out after latching onto the end of a good passing movement.

Pirates continued to throw men forward and it looked like they were destined to share the spoils with Cosmos, but a late, late strike from substitute Rudolph Bester, from 25-yards out, found the top right-hand corner of the net, 2-1.

The result takes the Buccaneers to the summit of the League, at least until Black Leopards host Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night.

For Cosmos, they remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:08 pm
@ Tzozo

Uyingulube wena...you cant differentiate between class & mediocre, silima ndini.
posted: 09:10 pm
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posted: 09:10 pm
@Tzozo pirates have facebook,we comment to our facebook,we don't want to waste much time argue with you.anyway take your time and write whatever u want but come May 19
posted: 09:15 pm
Lots of tears will be shed at the end of this league. Ha ha ha ha, I bleed yellow.
posted: 09:16 pm
@Tzoozoo, you are what I call makgoshakazi fan you keep pushing clutch and accelerator when the car is engineless.

At Pirates we have no time to waste with people of your intelligence and immaturity. dream on little boy. now we enter the stage of less good football and more win mentality.
Champ Vince (Treble Specialist)
posted: 09:17 pm
@Tzozoo or whatever the crap you call yourself, here's an idea: Go east until you reach the gates of hell.

I said it before the game that its black Monday at the University and so it came to pass. They thought Manyisa is our only rocket launcher so they kept closing him down but they did not know what the wise man Goodenough once said: Pirates is not a one skippa but a 5 skipper. Bester provided a moment of lunacy when we needed one. The never say die attitude is back!!!!!!

Football 101 was indoctrinated at the University of Orlando
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 09:20 pm

The effects of always sleepin alone r now takin thier toll on u baba.we dnt care about yo useles predictions coz dats wat makes u feel gud.
posted: 09:21 pm
Champs are back thats all i can say...
posted: 09:22 pm
Yoo Mojomana is going to Mvela again. Haa guys Mojomana must be fired as a Head Coach. Weldone Pirates. Let's wait and see if Leopards can stop Downs on Wednesday. I hope Downs will fly on Wednesday. Leopards be careful. Downs is on fire. Pelembe and Teko will demolish your team.

I' Still Yellow until I Die

Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 09:23 pm
Ag shame,we beat Cosmos n Chimps fans r havin heart attacks lmao.at this stage we dnt care hw we win bt as long as we collect points.
posted: 09:25 pm
Siyanibongela Bucs you showed character. But till God says its over
posted: 09:29 pm
Muti does not work on Pirates, Some Zebra fans are doing the same thing they did last year (wishing Ajax to win the league, this year, its Sundowns). Mean while Chiefs will beat Sundowns to make sure Pirates lift the trophy. We sail on.
posted: 09:33 pm
Ya yes I'm glad my team is not under tremendous pressure bcos I'm not in the race I'm looking only Nedbank cup. Bit if fall I'm ther to take your position.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 09:34 pm
Boys witout women like Tzozo cant deal wit pain like us real man,they spend most times in social networks tryin 2 get laid n when dat fails they turn 2 soccer 4 sum confort bt it gets worse n hence u c this behaviuor.We do feel yo pain Tzozo bt u wil undstand once u r a man
Ndoda Emnyama
posted: 09:44 pm
Sundowns and Chiefs failed to beat Jomo Cosmos yet Bucs did id tonight, Sundowns have themselves to blame after failing to capitalize on their 10points clear from end of 1st round, if they continue playing 3 ball players that cannot defend when they lost the ball "Teko,Pelembe and Lafor" i see a rain of tears tomorrow they must ask the Family Bonds how they crashed against Leopards. Moriri cannot do it alone but Nestum cannot see that, unfortunately the Champs are back to their Top spot.
The Ghost
posted: 09:48 pm
Guys, don't waste valuable time arguing with that fool from Botswana ... that fool that has never seen a sky scrapper in its life; just celebrate the fact that we have RECLAIMED top position, and we are marching to RETAIN the league ... UP THE BUCS!!!!!!!!!!
The Ghost
posted: 09:49 pm
I told you guys that Drogba Ndulula's goal with count big time.
The Ghost
posted: 09:50 pm
Eish mara Pirates ya shapa jong!!!
Ndoda Emnyama
posted: 09:51 pm
Some people like TZOZO have small brains like iZEZE, now you're saying Bucs supporters are celebrating a win against poor Cosmos, did your team Family Bonds beat Cosmos? did Sundowns beat Cosmos? Does 3points Pirates got today against Cosmos little or not the same with other Team 3points?

I pray that next time you comment you ask your other fellow friends to audit your comment before you post it. We understand your frustration though. iPirates ijabulile..........
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 09:52 pm
What is the name of the so-called big club that has never tasted the summit of the log in years, even for hours?
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