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Orlando Pirates draw 1-1 with Free State Stars

Posted: 17 April 2013 Time: 21:25

Orlando Pirates lost further ground on log leaders Kaizer Chiefs following a 1-1 draw with Free State Stars at Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday night.

The home side had taken the lead through former Buccaneer Paulus Masehe, but Pirates levelled through a dubious penalty converted by Collins Mbesuma on 79 minutes.

It was a sixth successive draw for Pirates and leaves them six points behind Kaizer Chiefs with five games remaining.

Both sides found their rhythm relatively quickly, but a lack of incision in the final third meant clear scoring chances were hard to come by in the first half hour.

Stars saw midfielder Sihle Mpuqa head over from a corner-kick, while Pirates created a couple of half-chances for the likes of Takesure Chinyama and Onyekachi Okonkwo.

On the half-hour mark Bucs had the first clear opening, with Okonkwo’s lob over the defence sending Mpho Makola through on goal, but with only Kennedy Mweene to beat he pulled his shot wide.

On 32 minutes Ea Lla Koto punished some slack defending and broke the deadlock. Pirates dealt poorly with a corner kick and Paulus Masehe was left free to drive home a half-volley from a tight angle.

Stars should have gone into the break two goals up as Luyolo Nomandela had a great chance in injury-time, but a heavy touch when through on goal allowed Senzo Meyiwa to smother the ball.

Pirates started the second half brightly and Daine Klate threatened a couple of times; first curling a cross-cum-shot just off target, and then a few minutes later forcing Mweene into a good save.

Dove Wome then flashed a shot across the face of goal before Pirates were handed something of a gift when Mpuqa was harshly penalised for hand-ball in the box, allowing Mbesuma to convert from the spot.

On 83 minutes Mbesuma should have put Bucs ahead as he powered a header wide of the target from close range after a great cross by Makola, while Nomandela had a goal ruled out for offside when replays suggested it was legitimate.

Previous comments on this story...

Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 09:33 pm
Mxm, let me go nd comment o platinum stars article.
Akunabantu la, zifile lezinja... Fi fi fi... Ahahaha
Carelesswisper
posted: 09:34 pm
~Harde mabakaniya,harde mabakaniya~*singing* 4 haert broken Rats
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 09:34 pm
Orlando Pirates Must For About Absa Title. They Are Useless & They are Gonna Loose Against Amazembe on Saturday Night. 630 Minutes Without a Win for Orlando Pirates. Love & Peace.
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:34 pm
P Stars you are my only hope
Like it or not, Shaba is a National Icon
posted: 09:34 pm
I like it for the pirates
Namibia's Khosi Queen
posted: 09:35 pm
Not a single game in hand and they have been relegated to 3rd spot...ek se maar net!
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 09:35 pm
Mxm, let me go nd comment on platinum stars article.
Akunabantu la, zifile lezinja... Fi fi fi... Ahahaha
The President
posted: 09:35 pm
My favourite coach Roger, thank you very much.
mjerezamj
posted: 09:36 pm
Well they will hope for mighty Khosi 2 loose. Well we will have to deal with dikwena ourselves to finish any hope for them. As 4 gorillas they are now rooted on position 3. K4L
we beat mazembe
posted: 09:36 pm
well persevere we shall continue.tough times for us but a fair attempt considering the circumstances.we are not losing at least.Now for the big one..Mazembe camping in Zambia.will arrive on Thursday...Orlando Pirates vs Tout Puissant Mazembe Engelbrecht...Saturday..@2015hrs..Orlando Stadium
Magaya: The Double Winner
posted: 09:36 pm
Did I hear some pierats fans say, "it,s a marathon".

Can I hear some more of that?

K4L as we RTG!!!
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 09:36 pm
Mxm, let me go nd comment on platinum stars article.
Akunabantu la, zifile lezinja... Fi fi fi... Ahahaha
Donald Duck
posted: 09:36 pm
These rodents are very lucky to get a draw. Actually, the last 5 games they were always escaping with brown envelopes. It's chiefs and stars for the title

RTG
masese4khosi
posted: 09:37 pm
Useless team!
Naturena born killer
posted: 09:37 pm
Pirates is now out of the picture, we shud definitely watch out 4 platinum stars nw.
ma-hd
posted: 09:37 pm
They are still having game in hand or what Makhosi. They will remain having game in hand untill the end of the season. Itjo!
zoyi
posted: 09:37 pm
No more game in hand fc its brown envelope fc
El Sol
posted: 09:38 pm
Ok maKhosi, now the most important thing for us now is to moer Dikwena or atlest get a draw against them then we done for this season..I still can't believe Cavin Johnson said Pirates is the best team in SA..'Maluti killed Pierats psychologically'-Zane Moosa
Bucs I remain
posted: 09:38 pm
Up the Bucs even if we arnt winning, but on Saturday TP Mazembe will win. As for Roger Dlis'iPirates this guy is a joke. next season mabhakajuju we will do better than this ask chimpazees they know how it feels and this league is for them to win or lose. Via orlando without Roger Dlisa, Gcaba and Mabhena yinkomo Mooooooooooo
Donald Duck
posted: 09:38 pm
Very average, waste of time to watch them rodents.
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