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24/02/2008 15:30

Romano Scott opened the scoring.

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Pirates' title hopes take a knock

Posted: 24 February 2008 Time: 18:01

Orlando Pirates' Absa Premiership title hopes suffered a setback as they were defeated 2-1 by Santos at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Romano Scott and Eleazar Rodgers had put Santos in charge of the game and although the Buccaneers pulled one back through substitute Paulus Masehe late on, it was the hosts who claimed all three points on offer.

The People's Team took the lead on 19 minutes when Scott beat his marker to get on the end of a free kick and head home the opening goal.

Pirates dominated for the rest of the first half but struggled to break down the stubborn Santos rearguard, leaving the hosts 1-0 up at the break.

Midway through the second stanza, Rodgers hit on a slick counter attack from the Cape side, latching onto Erwin Isaacs' through ball and sweeping home a shot to put Santos 2-0 ahead.

Masehe scored with a header from Bennett Chenene's corner kick in injury time at the end of the game, but it was nothing more than a consolation for Owen Da Gama's team, who have lost further ground on leaders Ajax Cape Town.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:54 am
i think every game must be pirates annivesary maybe they will win every game.welldone santos you brought some people back to mother earth.pirates its going to be the same old story all this rush rush football and end up losing.talk about flatter to deceive
Anonymous
posted: 08:20 am
Let's take it easy on the laguage guys.We(Bucs)lost but we were not the only ones.Do all you guys have Santos' membership cards?I did'nt know they had such a massive internet following,now its about time you go to their games!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:23 am
Hardy Ma Bhakabhaka, we win some and lose some. Up the Bucs
Anonymous
posted: 08:23 am
I din't no Santos have many supporters or is Kaizer Chiefs supporters who are crosing the floor since their or former team can't even beat any soccer team in South Africa or beyond? well will have to c if they will cum bek with 1 point on wednesday from the same venue. Any way to Bucs faith full all is not lost lets continue support the team to win the league while some will be fighting for top 8
Anonymous
posted: 08:44 am
KICK OFF, I think the editing on this site has been terrible, How on earth do let people like REEZE post comments like this. " HATE BUCS' FANS... THEY TURN TO TALK LIKE BITCHES" this has to stop. use of such language is wrong lets talk soccer not this.
Anonymous
posted: 08:50 am
if Santos were playing against KC the scoreline could have been on a bigger margin. certainly some of our boys were intimidated by the military approach of santos, the likes of walaza failed to come to the party and jonas nhlapo made it worse by denying us a legitimate penalty.we rarely win a game whenever jonas nhlapo is in charge.
Anonymous
posted: 09:00 am
Reeze if u don't have any thing to comment just read others who comment better than you. lets talk soccer only not insulting each other we know your fustration at Naturena man cheeese
Anonymous
posted: 09:12 am
It is obvious chips and downs supporters are relived now that we lost. Sorry for them they also got beaten, imagine maBhakaniya if they had won their respective games!!!!! Now instead of commenting on their teams, they come this way.

Reeze is a bitch.Period.
Anonymous
posted: 09:34 am
If i was a Pirates fan i would just keep quiet until the last minute of the last match of the season cos' this team really has broken so many hearts.Pirates has done that before winning games and performing well but what do they have to show for that?I mean Chiefs and Sundowns are winning trophies and when was the last time Pirates won something? can't remember
Anonymous
posted: 09:35 am
All I can say to both K Thiefs and Sunflower supporters is SHAME on you loosers. You so used to loosing such that Pirates' loss overshadows your mediocre teams.
This is football if you don't know, you loose some and win some. BTW how does the league look like? I know it doesn't tell lies.

Up The Bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 09:41 am
SORRY TO EVERYONE ABOUT MY INSULTIVE COMMENTS EARLIER, I JUST COULDN'T HELP IT, I WAS TOO EXCITED THAT FINALLY THE BUCS' SHIP IS SINKING.....
Anonymous
posted: 09:54 am
Who would have thought that Kaizer Chiefs would lose all their fans to Santos of Cape town. As s bucs fan I know we lose 1 and win most. You Kaizer Chiefs supporters you JEALOUSY will never make you team a better team ever. Anyway as the santos coach said they went there to destroy Pirates, by any standard that is not good sportsmanship. Pirates were lot there to play kick boxing as mr Bright had instructed his players. A red card offence Mdledle being punched blatantly infront of the officials (unpunished). So who will protect us against the thuggery of Bright? It's a shame indeed.
Anonymous
posted: 09:54 am
WHAT A SHAME BY DA GAMA,HE KEPT ON CRYIN FOR PENALTIES WHICH AREN'T THERE COZ THE DIVIN HIS SENSATIONAL PLAYER DID WAS WHT HE TAUGHT HIM AT PRACTICE,SO BIG GUY YOU FORGOT TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SCORE PERFECTLY IF THE CHEATING CANT BRING THE RESULTS,SO BIG UP TO MAJOR DAVID BRIGHT AND HIS GUERRILLAS,KEEP MAINTAINING PEACE IN THE STREETS OF SOUTH AFRICA!!!
Anonymous
posted: 09:57 am
Pirates lost bcause they were tired. They played good soccer and pushed on until the last minutes. The technical team should study all the teams that play skop and donner soccer last Santos. Santos style sucks.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 am
hie,guys in Botshood they call him the"Boss",he is a good reader of opposition,the future at santod is Bright
Anonymous
posted: 10:32 am
we lost our game on away fixture unlike others who keep on donating points even if they have home fixture( naturena boys)shame amakhosikazi ba jelwa le mogae.
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 am
Ukuhlehla kwenqama ukuthatha amandla, so our lose is indeed a wake up call, Im not sure whether neChiefs ithatha amandla noma isemasimbeni.
Anonymous
posted: 11:01 am
It is times like this when we need the coach to strenghen players mental thinking. I saw a game between Celtics and Amazulu.. what a shame. Though in Pirates situation is a different scenario, however, that's where our players should learn to think with heads and not their feet. Errors in a game are inevitable but when you know you have won games back to back, the coach has to instill the positive mentality into his players. Remind players about historical games ie Asernal when they were unbeaten in about 49 games in a row in one of the seasons in all competitions. Therefore, I say to you guys at Pirates keep your heads up there is a lot at stake and be positive. Wish all the best.
Anonymous
posted: 11:33 am
Whr is Alex?This so calld Cape guy who is always out to prat kak about everything frm Botswana?Why are ar u so quite or its becauz Santos is now performing better under Bright nd you hv got no fluk to to say about him lyk u didd before he started working.Come on borer just swallow your pride nd cum out to apologize whateva kak you uttered about poor Bright.9 points out of possible 12.NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COLOR BROER!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:28 pm
It shows that there is a very good coordination between Major David Bright and his players keep it up gusy you can find yourselves in the top four at the end of the season
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