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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...

Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:41 pm
Tzozo Chairman of RMF(Retards Moronic Foundation) give it up baba coz its no use worying about sumtin u r nt in control of.Admit yoslelf 2 mental institution while stil early.
posted: 08:41 pm
Hola ezimnyama nge nkani kwa khala abafazi kwa khala makhosikazi,,,haaalaa tse ntsho ka nkani..Thanks for the 3 points.Sorry SSU but hey! you gave us a good run for our money ..jeslik...bloody hell maan.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 08:41 pm
Why is this noise from these sunclowns and zebras fans? We don't need anyone's favours we just concentrate on our remaining games. If Sunclowns win all their remaining games and we win our remaining games, they become champs, let it be we have nothing to lose already two trophies in the bag for the season this league would be a bonus.Bucs 4 life.
posted: 08:42 pm
Wat left ??
posted: 08:43 pm
PieRats must enjoy their top spot for the next 24 hours. Come tomoro nite Downs will reclaim their top spot.
posted: 08:43 pm
pirates going 2 win dis lig cs chiefs wl win 2morrow...
posted: 08:44 pm
Congratulation to the winner and good game!!
posted: 08:45 pm
Amafana baka Thuli noXoli coached by cry baby Khumalo will win the game by 4 goals to nil....

Nyaope fc will lose all 3 remaining games, by a score line of not less than 2 goals...

Football 101 was Doctrinated at the University of Orlando. N DATS A FACT
posted: 08:46 pm
Certain people don't know what they want.

Chelsea parked the train against Barcelona and you know the results. Have you heard people complaining about the play because I can only hear celebrations, celebrations and more celebrations?

What happened to the most famous football principle that at times you don't play fancy football but become effective? What happened to the championship play?

It puzzles me that Bucs fans are questioning why so and so what left for such a time, why so and so was not played...why this why that...that's unnecessary. Let's celebrate we won and as to how it's immaterial. Khune wan™ed African flair and where has brought?
posted: 08:46 pm
Viva bhakhajuju viva.
posted: 08:48 pm
This time of the season it doesn't matter how u play the most important thing is the 3 points, what good will it bring playing good football @ this crucial time n end up loosing the league like yr sorry team.

posted: 08:49 pm
I like it for the pirates as they always say i guess the lady motsepe was talking abt(psl trophy) is not realy in to yellow nation she love staying at mayfair coz we treat her like a lady.
posted: 08:50 pm
I don't think we can trust Chiefs to beat Sundowns tomoz.They would rather throw themselves in the sea than do it for Bucs.Come on Makhosi .I am a Buccaneer la Lekhosi.
posted: 08:51 pm
Like i say good game indeed maar red card + 5 minutes injure time that was not Ayoba to me maybe i repeat maybe league will change for gud now
posted: 08:53 pm
Adile Jali did dat wen Pirates played sundowns heat Kekani on de face but de referee failed 2 give him a red card. Gavin, he s right wen he talk about de poor controlling of de game 4rm de referee 2nite
posted: 08:53 pm
Nespray, can u feel da presha now? Hahaha! Feel it! It's here! And it's called Ezimnyama NGENKANI!

Up The Bucs til we DIE!
posted: 08:53 pm
First they denied a clear goal then a penalt.

Some teams are very lucky at this point of.
posted: 08:55 pm
Lawrence Shibambu (4rm: Mtititi Altein)

Adile Jali did dat wen Pirates played sundowns previously heat Kekani on de face but de referee failed 2 give him a red card. Gavin, he s right wen he talk about de poor controlling of de game 4rm de referee 2nite
posted: 08:57 pm
I can bet my last dollar that in the two remaining matches teams playing PieRats will finish the match with 10 men.
posted: 08:58 pm
Thankyou Njenje for beleiving in champion winning veterans.
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