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Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards 4-0

Posted: 21 November 2012 Time: 21:22

Orlando Pirates closed the gap on arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs with a 4-0 drubbing of Black Leopards on Wednesday night.

Goals from Collins Mbesuma, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Daine Klate and a fairy tale strike from Happy Jele saw second-placed Orlando Pirates narrow the points deficit to four from Kaizer Chiefs.

The first real chance of the match fell to Pirates in the 15th minute as Azwindini Maphaha made a great to deny Oupa Manyisa, who had received a pass from Klate from a corner kick.

In the 26th minute Maphaha pulled off another superb save, this time to deny Klate's right-footed effort from inside the box.

Leopards had their best chance of the first stanza as Joshua Obaje rounded Senzo Meyiwa, but Lidoda Duvha were unlucky to watch his shot cleared off the line by Lucky Lekgwathi.

A minute before the half ended, Pirates had arguably their best chance of the half when Klate’s defence-splitting pass found an unmarked Masuku, but again Mapaha kept Pirates at bay.

A minute into first half stoppage time, Leopards’ Michael Nkambule missed a sitter from just inside the box as he shot high with Meyiwa at his mercy.

Pirates’ perseverance paid off when a mistake from the Leopards defence saw Mbesuma benefit; he was left unmarked and unleashed a thunderous left-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Man of the Match Ntshumayelo doubled the lead when a short corner taken by Masuku found him on the edge of the box and the midfielder unleashed a rocket past Maphaha in the 60th minute.

Bucs showed they are true champions as they made it 3-0 - Segolela crossed for Klate on the right side and the winger volleyed home.

Jele then put the final nail in the coffin. The defender got in front of the Leopards keeper on the near post and headed home from a corner; an incredible story for a player returning from a career-threatening long injury layoff.

Previous comments on this story...

Sxokzin WaLeKhosi
posted: 09:34 pm
@The Phefeni boy, i realised. We played there a fourth night ago and it was packed, then came tha gorillas and tha people of Limpopo ran for their lives!
Rhuu 4 da champs! OPFC
posted: 09:35 pm
I'm back nd so is Happy Jele, wit a bang dat is...i luv ths guy, he'l be doin wat he alwys did nd against the zebras...ayeye, up da bucs!
Captain Jack Sparrow
posted: 09:35 pm
Push' ipashin Bhakaniya eeh!
Nipsy
posted: 09:36 pm
Tshintsha

OPFC IS LEADING THE Q2 innovation log standing! Take that u Zebras!

.....................................
Voetsek, look at the log standing wena jackal
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:36 pm
This season's Soweto derby is going to be one of the best games between the Chiefs and Pirates......but Chiefs will take all 3 points........What a game by the Gorillas tonight.........mxm Leopards.....

Judgement Day is slowly approaching......
ChampJele
posted: 09:36 pm
kwasuka lokho..........
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:37 pm
Competition is getting intense in the team, the goals are coming and Roger is stamping his authority and style on the team. This is a marathon indeed and we have the depth.

DTC '37
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 09:37 pm
What different does it make because they still fighting for second position till today's game.
ZebraHunter
posted: 09:37 pm
Warning shots fired. Beware cowards, HJ4 welcome back.
Sxokzin WaLeKhosi
posted: 09:37 pm
@Chiefs Yaba Suzela Bonke 12/13, lol .. They're trying to appease tha gorillas. They are know to run wild when things dont go their way.
deBuc
posted: 09:37 pm
Ntwana ya se Phefeni stop worrying with an empty stadium ! I gas dat ##### house was full yday ! U should worry abt yor Chocolate box cos dats where we gona sodomise you!
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 09:38 pm
Some people never listen..! I told them unless you shake-off The Mighty Orlando Pirates you can't win the league..! Well done Bucs..! Thandani Ntshumayelo what a player..! Happy Jele scores with the first touch from a long injury..!!

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...!!! Shapa Pirates Shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..!!!
Anti-Zebra
posted: 09:38 pm
That was entertaining football.

RDS is putting a great team together. Our depth is unspeakable. It was as if we don't have great players on the injury list.

I'm crying tears of joy because I watched a good game of soccer and I saw nothing wrong with our tactics, saw nothing wrong with our selections.

First touch a goal. Welcome back Magents
ChampJele
posted: 09:38 pm
Woza December 8 .....kodabuka amakhokho
El Kampion
posted: 09:38 pm
Daine Klate, that is more like poi....

I like the spirit in Bucs camp,1 team, 1 spirit, we are pushing to 1 direction

Mbesuma, sharpening to finish what he started at FNB
Mosixty
posted: 09:39 pm
We said it before....what ever happens tonight is none of our concern......Actually this win just motivated our players more than ever
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 09:39 pm
Siyanibongela maBhakaniya...thts how u close d gap. *Kuzonyiwa ths season*
sityu
posted: 09:40 pm
im sure others will say we beat a dead snake loooooool. ja dats ryt come 08/12/2012 we will be barring that snake

Bhakajuju 4ever
Liqhame
posted: 09:40 pm
Eish I think 8 December 2012 might be too close for some of us. Damn! this Jele boy has quite an appetite for them goals. Shall he be used as super-sub to score those last minute goals.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:41 pm
Iam Happy for Happy Jele.....excuse the pun.........Holla Magents.....unfortunately you will be on the loosing end on the 8th.....
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