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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...

Anonymous
posted: 09:53 pm
''game in hand fc'' catch us if u cn. Up da bucs.
Anonymous
posted: 09:54 pm
''game in hand fc'' catch us if u cn. Up da bucs.
Ndoda Emnyama
posted: 10:00 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..........
Inkomo
posted: 10:13 pm
Ngeke silale namuhla la ekasi yam ngamavuvuzela, kuyakikizwa etc. ikhansela lithi lizohlaba inkomo ngokushaya iCosmos. angazi ukuthi uma bengashaya iSwalows kuyohlatshwa indlovu phela. Enjoy pie rats ten years of drought awudlali....
magebhula1937
posted: 10:22 pm
@inkomo
What goes around comes around, you are not far from that 10 years you are talking about. You last won the league in 2004.Heheheheh 2 to go!
psebabe
posted: 10:23 pm
TZOZO IS A MORON,HE DONT KNOW WAT HE IS SAYING HE IS BORED OR DRUNK WE DNT NEED PEOPLE LIKE HIM IN SOCCER
carmikewv
posted: 10:27 pm
THE PSL IS HOTTING UP - IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL IT'S OVER. UP DA BIRDS!!! SLEEP WELL 2NIGHT BUC FANS - 2MORROW IS ANOTHER DAY. ONE GAME AT A TIME. MIKE from DURBAN
carmikewv
posted: 10:27 pm
THE PSL IS HOTTING UP - IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL IT'S OVER. UP DA BIRDS!!! SLEEP WELL 2NIGHT BUC FANS - 2MORROW IS ANOTHER DAY. ONE GAME AT A TIME. MIKE from DURBAN
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 10:28 pm
SuperSport United game crucial, says Pirates coach
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2011-12-01 16:50


Orlando Pirates coach Julio Leal says his side’s Premier soccer league match against log leaders SuperSport United on Saturday at Orlando Stadium is the most important match of their lives.

The Buccaneers head into the clash 10 points adrift of the table-topping SuperSport, who are fresh off a 2-0 drubbing of the much fancied Kaizer Chiefs yesterday.
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Fast Forward !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pirates on top of log
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Posted: Apr 9 2012
The result takes the Buccaneers to the summit of the League, at least until Black Leopards host Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night.

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Its always good for Champs to remember where we are coming from, not forgetting than we were also trailing Sundowns by 7 points at one stage.

Back to reality, soccer is not a game of therefore; fact, we have the points, fact , Downs have to go fetch them on Wednesday ; fact, we are at the top

Haters can say whatever they want, not worth reading their comments, sleeping is the best option for Champs
mthinasi
posted: 10:45 pm
Its just for a time being bandla. Chiefs is coming to take what was floating without its realy ownera. Amakhosi for life till Dunusa clears aMakakaniya's sh##t.
mthinasi
posted: 10:57 pm
No bugs will win league,Chiefs ll make sure they have Doom ready,then Amakhosi take League cup absolutely no problem. Sesifile amazenze asingela umsindo kodwa ngiyibekile iTarget,Doom,Diezenze nebygone green.
Abijan95
posted: 11:59 pm
Once a treble always a treble.
Abijan95
posted: 11:59 pm
ONCE A TREBLE ALWAYS A TREBLE
Abijan95
posted: 12:00 am
ONCE A TREBLE ALWAYS A TREBLE
Abijan95
posted: 12:00 am
ONCE A TREBLE ALWAYS A TREBLE
Abijan95
posted: 12:01 am
NO MUTI CAN STOP US NOW.......ONCE A TREBLE ALWAYS A TREBLE
godide
posted: 01:34 am
all the haters will swallow their pride when we harm swallows coz all their hopes are there.can't wait for next wednesday to extend our lead
xakekile.com
posted: 07:01 am
WELLDONE BOYS THANK YOU BOYS.
Flipmode17
posted: 07:10 am
@Tzozo- we own Gadgets"Biaggi" ,Think before you post your dim-witted pussy comments about Bucs supporters before I trace and shut your IP adress.
Flipmode17
posted: 07:11 am
@Tzozo- we own Gadgets"Biaggi" ,Think before you post your dim-witted P***Y comments about Bucs supporters before I trace and shut your IP adress.
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