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Orlando Pirates beat SuperSport United

Posted: 1 May 2012 Time: 19:52

Orlando Pirates moved back to the top of the log for at least 24 hours with a dramatic 2-1 win over SuperSport United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.

Bucs captain Lucky Lekgwathi scored a winner deep into referee’s optional time after earlier strikes from Tokelo Rantie and Sameehg Doutie had left the game locked at 1-1. Matsatsantsa, who looked the better team for most of the match, suffered after the dismissal of Edwin Gyimah with a quarter hour to play.

Pirates are three points clear at the top of the standings, but Mamelodi Sundowns could reclaim first place on goal difference when they face Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday night.

Pirates gradually gained a foothold in the game, though when they scored in the 29th minute it was still somewhat against the run of play. Tokelo Rantie was left unmarked at the far post and controlled a Tlou Segolela cross from the right before firing a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez.

Five minutes later SuperSport were forced into an early substitution when Kermit Erasmus took a knock to the head in a challenge with Siyabonga Sangweni and was replaced by the veteran Sibusiso Zuma. The score remained 1-0 in favour of the visitors up to the half-time break.

SuperSport continued to look the better team in the second half and just past the hour mark they deservedly drew level. Former Sameehg Doutie scored direct from a free-kick near the left by-line with an in-swinging shot that was lofted over the reach of Josephs and went in via the inside of the far post.

With 20 minutes to play Benni McCarthy threatened to put Pirates back into the lead with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box, but Rowen Fernandez was equal to the striker’s effort.

Five minutes later, with SuperSport upping the intensity and looking the likelier team to go on and win the game, midfielder Edwin Gyimah was sent off after a coming together with Andile Jali which saw the Ghanaian direct a slap toward his opponent.

Bucs, with a numerical advantage, dominated the rest of the match but failed to create any clear chances. It seemed destined to end a draw, but in the last minute of injury time Lucky Lekgwathi somehow squeezed a long-range shot through a crowd of SuperSport defenders and found the bottom corner of the net.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:23 pm
where those sundoms lunatics abo sweyts, brazlitto and many more? The bucs era is now, morons must get down with it
Anonymous
posted: 08:24 pm
Gavin Hunt!!!!....Park the Whole Stadium if u like for all I care.....Nxaaaa.....Stupid defending game,Shapa Tse ntsho Shapa!!!!!!
SOMALI_*_PIRATE
posted: 08:24 pm
Never say die Bucaneer, Unbeleivable drama wow, for sure the Zebras have shit themselves by now!
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 08:25 pm
@Stukza101 : 2012-05-01 20:20


I'm happy with the win but i just wish dat we rest Benni on the two last games. His temper is going to cost us one day!

Well said Bucs

Anonymous
posted: 08:26 pm
I wanted to say I hate Kevin Evans, in fact all the SS commentators for their anti-OPFC commentary but because I am a Bakaniya I will not mind their poor commentary. Instead I know my team will forever make them disgruntled like what happened in Polokwane 2007.

As for Gavin it's amazing that he's still complaining about ref's decisions when he's been in this game for such a reasonable amount time. The less said about the same ref the better.

Pirates rule and others follow. They will keep on following us. We lead and they chase. Rise KHOSI rise!
KidKudu7
posted: 08:26 pm
@ Sweyts

You seem to be the real dididi!!!

Anonymous
posted: 08:26 pm
@Tzozo my vriend dn't go to Hell it's too far, just go 2 ur bedroom or Mkhukhung wa gago and sleep.
coach2coach
posted: 08:27 pm
Tzoozoo, go back to zoo, your rain forest habitat, Pirates will win the league you can go Jump in sewage all I care. Once and always.
GAME OVA
posted: 08:28 pm
Ola ola ola JUJU!!!
Dankie my captain. Kompany did for City yesterday and Lekgwathi made it happen for OPFC vandag.
lets forget about the performance and cherish the 3 points happy people.
Anonymous
posted: 08:29 pm
Tomorrow sundowns 4 and kaizer chiefs 1 ss 1 and sundowns 3, fs 1 and sundowns 3.
Nzou
posted: 08:29 pm
I rate Gavin Hunt as the best coach in the country after Neskeens but it beats me why he plays this Edwin Gyimah boy. I didnt watch the Chiefs/Supersport match but the sunday times and sundayworld had two different episodes where the idiot had his boot high in the air challenging for the ball. He did it again in the first half and it earned him a yellow card, in the second half he chooses to slap a player, what an official idiot. He cost Supersport the game they were poised to win.
Anonymous
posted: 08:31 pm
Pirates played with heart,no fancy stuff,yet they won. Better 2play bad &win than 2b attractive and loose. The poor r simple &practical.
KidKudu7
posted: 08:32 pm
UP THE MIGHTY BUCCANEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:33 pm
Mriyo The Octopus

Now we wait for a draw 2moro n 2 win our home game against Celtic n cal it a day.
GAME OVA
posted: 08:35 pm
All the best to our son(Kaizer chiefs) 2moro
KidKudu7
posted: 08:35 pm
Some zebra faithfools really are retards...just imagine wishing your team to lose a game, what a pathetic thought!!!
carmikewv
posted: 08:36 pm
When it comes to Tshwane (Pretoria) vs SOWETO - I always favour SOWETO. So I am glad a SOWETO side won, however this makes it tougher for the other SOWETO side that I favour. Good game, intimidation by the big guys of SS nearly paid off, but Bucs have experience. Soccer is soccer you 'just gotta love' the beautiful game. Is this season going to go to the wire as it did last season? Five teams still have a chance to take the title with about three games left for some. Mike Vorster Durban
Anonymous
posted: 08:37 pm
morgan gould inspires zero confidence in his players. The ref is the kakest i have seen in a long time.
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 08:38 pm
" Pirates secure a top position until tomorrow's results after beating SSport "

That's an appropriate way of putting a heading Mr. Editor. You should not give this clowns of yours senseless beliefs that they be staying permanent there.

As for the ref's sodomizing SSport i feel pity for them. They should know what Khoza wants Khoza gets whichever way.

Since Chiefs is the one with keys to confirm the #1 spot i don't think they must stop Sundowns.

I agree with Bobby on this one. We must keep loosing let's not start winning tomorrow.
Anonymous
posted: 08:40 pm
Thnk u bucs ths is wht we hve been lng 4.Keep it up gents.UP THE BUCS.!
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