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Orlando Pirates beat Free State Stars

Posted: 10 November 2012 Time: 19:59

Orlando Pirates kept up the pressure on Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs with a 1-0 win over Free State Stars at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The three points were secured thanks to a superb goal from Sifiso Myeni on the stroke of half-time.

Pirates started the game brightly and could have opened the scoring on 13 minutes through a well-worked set piece routine that handed captain Lucky Lekgwathi a gilt-edged scoring chance, but he directed his effort wide of the mark.

Two minutes later Stars goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene made the first of two excellent saves in the first half, palming away a long range effort from Oupa Manyisa. The second arrived on 29 minutes when a snap shot from Takesure Chinyama looked destined for the back of the net until the Zambian intervened.

Ea Lla Koto very nearly broke the deadlock just past the half hour mark when striker Moeketsi Mvula showed good composure in the box to go round Senzo Meyiwa and tee up Luyolo Nomandela with a well-weighted cross, but the winger’s header rebounded off the upright.

Bucs took the lead on the stroke of the interval, two minutes into added time. Sifiso Myeni showed a touch of class to lift the ball over a challenge from Sadate Ouro-Akoriko before crashing a volley into the back of the net – a truly world-class goal from the Pirates winger.

The hosts looked the likelier scorers in the second half and created a great chance to double the lead on 64 minutes when Myeni provided a fine cross for Chinyama, but the Zimbabwean striker headed over the top from close range.

Though Pirates didn’t really suffer any scares as far as Stars getting an equaliser was concerned, they would have been concerned to see Oupa Manyisa adding to their mounting injury-list as he was stretchered off with just under 10 minutes to play.

Bucs almost made it 2-0 in injury time when Thabo Matlaba picked out Daine Klate on a counter attack, but the no.7 fired his left-footed shot just wide of Mweene’s left-hand post.

Previous comments on this story...

Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:26 pm
A goal worth winning the championship, contender for goal of the season

DTC ‘37
Inkomo
posted: 09:48 pm
ppressure? kuphi khona kuzofiwa this season...uzozwa
Inkomo
posted: 10:04 pm
AmaKhosi ashaya kwasani
Inkomo
posted: 10:04 pm
Only one team has not lost
Inkomo
posted: 10:05 pm
Only one team has not lost
Inkomo
posted: 10:05 pm
Only one team has not lost
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:06 pm
Mxm brown envelop again, Zuma was pulled down and no caution.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:06 pm
Mxm brown envelop again, Zuma was pulled down and no caution.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:06 pm
Mxm brown envelop again, Zuma was pulled down and no caution.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:06 pm
Mxm brown envelop again, Zuma was pulled down and no caution.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:06 pm
Mxm brown envelop again, Zuma was pulled down and no caution.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:06 pm
Mxm brown envelop again, Zuma was pulled down and no caution.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:07 pm
Mxm brown envelop again, Zuma was pulled down and no caution.
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 10:07 pm
We are marching on, you like it or not forget about League.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:08 pm
Mxm brown envelop again, Zuma was pulled down and no caution.
Mosixty
posted: 10:08 pm
Today we needed all the luck in the world to win this game.....none the less 3 points is what is important. Taking a game at a time. Reclaiming Glory and Rise
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 10:11 pm
Kuphi khona?
Kudu_Kudu
posted: 10:12 pm
Scoring single goals, unless it's against relegation battlers.
While some of us Reclaim the Glory with our strikers scoring braces and hatricks for fun.
Inkomo
posted: 10:13 pm
Closing the gap? For two hours....hahaha.....
Champ Msholozi
posted: 10:16 pm
Pressure my FOOT
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