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Match report: Orlando Pirates beat Platinum Stars

Posted: 20 February 2013 Time: 21:28

Orlando Pirates have kept the heat on log leaders Kaizer Chiefs with a fortunate 1-0 victory over third-placed Platinum Stars on Wednesday night.

Dikwena were unlucky on the night, bossing possession and hitting the upright twice, but were undone by a Daine Klate goal soon after half-time.

Stars might have been in front half an hour in when Thuso Phala played a perfect pass for Mogakolodi Ngele, and with just Senzo Meyiwa to beat the Botswana star hit the post. Patrick Malokase picked up the loose ball, but his effort was wide.

Pirates were ahead on 53 minutes, however, and it was a well-worked goal. Thandani Ntshumayelo dribbled his way into the penalty area and played a low ball across goal, which was side-footed in from a tight angle at the back post by Klate.

Thabo Matlaba and Vuyo Mere could both have seen red after a nasty scuffle soon afterwards, but got away with yellow cards.

Enocent Mkhabela almost found an equaliser for Stars, his header from a corner had goal written all over it, but Meyiwa had his hands raised already and was able to knock the ball to safety.

Stars had the lion’s share of possession in the closing stages as Pirates sat back and tried to catch them on the break, with Siphelele Mthembu striking the base of the post with a fine turn on the edge of the area in the final seconds of the match.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:59 pm
Well done boys for keeping pressure on these zebras next week tuesday we going back where we belong bucs 4 life
posted: 09:59 pm
We have scored 5goals in our last two league games and this pap team has only managed 2
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:00 pm
Matlaba is getting big headed....he needs to respect the game.......people are watching.....that was uncalled for.

Thandani Bibo Ntshumayelo....what a player

Where is the best impact player in the PSL Mark Mayambela......mxm.....ayikho lento

Roger is running out of ideas
posted: 10:01 pm
Well done boys for keeping pressure on these zebras next week tuesday we going back where we belong bucs 4 life
posted: 10:02 pm
one game at a time mabhakaniya asijahile,,,,we hv players whp hv tested champion so dey know what to do now,,let them yada yada,,we will keep collecting 3 points at d time
Takesure RDS
posted: 10:02 pm
yekela lombhedo wakho you are empty and retarded, p.stars broke your viginity n u cried like a babe all of a sudden u are with them, why did u watch our game instant of yourz?
Takeall cups
posted: 10:03 pm
3 points 1 game in hand. Come next tuesday,we will sing a different tune.
Keep fooling urselfs Piérats
posted: 10:04 pm
Whoever said Kaizer chiefs does not have depth was really mad. Mashamaite,Nkhatha and Baloyi scored, U fools won by luck tonight. #KeepFoolingUrselfs u fools.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:04 pm
Kanti weren't cross-dressers watching their own game...? Or does the SABC display dual screens with teams play simultaneously...?

Anywhichway to more important things...
So is RDS saying to us that the excellent 10minutes Yambie had, outcomes a return to the abyss...? 

Anyone willing to justify Bester's inclusion ahead of the future hall-of-famer impact player...?
treble freedom in our life time
posted: 10:05 pm
bt mr RDS, y nt mayambela? We needed hm 4 da counter, nd dis thng of defending 1 goal is startng 2 get on my nervs. We nid 2 stamp our authority
Keep fooling urselfs Piérats
posted: 10:07 pm
Stil on top of u. KHOSI ON TOP
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:08 pm
Well done Pirates...you make ths race interesting...

I wish Sundowns were also contenders...PSL is the best in the world...Hhay lamasimba e-one horse race..

Any win counts...
posted: 10:10 pm
Evry Time Ntshumayelo start with the game be man of the match what a Player i lyk it 4 Pirates
posted: 10:12 pm
Tough game this was. The reason for playing Bester was amazing, following the poor showing by the same guy against that Comoros semi professional team. Namanje angazi why we not playing two strikers, lento of a lone striker supported by Ace or whoever is not working nhlobo.
Anyway a win is a win is a win.
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 10:14 pm
Worst display, one I would like to forget as soon as yesterday. Three points welcome nevertheless.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:15 pm
Some Zebras are hurt about today's results, they should be celebrating.
posted: 10:20 pm
Leker game spoiled by hooligan rats players,Mere was almost strangled to death...did anyone c myeni running fast with a okapi in his socks to finish Mere?! Haibo!
posted: 10:23 pm
i knew it was going to be a tough match but stars beating champs highly unlikely unless they bring back Moriri ..up the bucs
treble freedom in our life time
posted: 10:23 pm
i repeat, we must do away wif ths thng of dfending 1 game. Yes our fate is in our own hands 4 nw, bt we need goals. Lyk it or nt, da zebras r scoring many goals, nd dat myt hurt us in da end. Atleast our dfence is tyt, bt we shuldnt rely on dat
treble freedom in our life time
posted: 10:25 pm
we wnt it more dan evry ada team. Jali has confirmd it, mhlongo also, my captain, nd da spiritual owners. Zebras r jinxd
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