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Orlando Pirates beat Platinum Stars 4-3

Posted: 22 February 2012 Time: 21:26

Three goals in the second half – scored by Siyabonga Sangweni, Tokelo Rantie and Benni McCarthy – saw Orlando Pirates come from a goal behind to beat Platinum Stars 4-3 Wednesday night.

Pirates first goal on the night, which gave them the lead, was an own-goal from Enocent Mkhabela. Platinum Stars found the back of the net through Sibusiso Msomi, Mduduzi Nyanda and Lucas Thwala.

It was an enticing opening 45 minutes as both sides looked to attack from the first whistle, which resulted in a quick start.

In only the fourth minute, some good work down the left flank by Dikgang Mabalane resulting in him beating his marker before supplying a low cross into the box, which was spilled by Siyabonga Mpontshane, straight into the path of Isaac Chansa, but he fired over from six-yards out with an empty net at his mercy.

Three minutes later Stars were gifted a scoring opportunity because of some sloppy defending by the Buccaneers.

A cross from the left by Elias Ngwepe found an open Nyanda who was allowed to get a shot on goal from six yards, but Moeneeb Josephs made a great close range save, diving to his right to palm the ball away from danger.

After the frantic start the game settled down, as both teams tried to take control of the midfield.

Stars were beginning to gain the ascendancy, with Thuso Phala and Lindokuhle Mbatha causing problems for the Pirates defence on the flanks.

In a great counter-attacking move, Phala played Ngwepe into space down the left. The Stars defender drove towards the by-line and produced a pin-point low cut-back to find an unmarked Nyanda 12 yards out from goal.

Nyanda tried to side-foot the ball home, but Josephs made a great save.

The rebound then fell to Ngwepe on the left and again he crossed the ball to the back post to find an unmarked Mbatha, but he too saw his 10-yard shot acrobatically saved by the Buccaneers shot-stopper.

Two minutes later and Stars were made to pay for their glaring misses as Mkhabela headed home an own-goal to give Pirates the lead while trying to defend a corner-kick, to make it 1-0.

The home side quickly hit back, finding the equalising goal in the 35th minute.

A scramble in the Pirates box resulted in Henrico Botes laying the ball back for an unmarked Msomi, who expertly fired the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from 22-yards out.

The half ended 1-1 and both sides looked happy to hear the half-time whistle of this fast paced game.

At the start of the second half the Buccaneers began to take control of the match as Stars looked content to sit back in defence and hit on the counter-attack, although Pirates could not break down a resolute Dikwena defence.

Then in the 68th minute, somewhat against the run of play, the home side took the lead.

Nyanda picked up the ball on the edge of the box and took on Bheki Nzunga, beating the Pirates defender for pace before firing the ball across the face of goal and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net from eight yards out to make it 2-1.

Eight minutes later Pirates found the equaliser when Siyabonga Sangweni rose above the Stars defence to powerfully head home a right-wing cross from Mabalane.

In the 79th minute it was déjà vu for Da Gama and his men because in a matter of three minutes his side went from being a goal up to being a goal down after substitute Tokelo Rantie finished off a good passing movement in clinical style from 10 yards out to make it 3-2.

Four minutes from time another substitute, Benni McCarthy, sealed victory for Bucs, showing his strength to head home another Mabalane cross from the right: 4-2.

Stars did find a consolation goal in the 93rd minute as Lucas Thwala latched onto a corner-kick at the back post and headed the ball home.

The win for Pirates sees them up to fourth while Platinum Stars find themselves in real trouble at the wrong end of the table.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:39 pm
Biki by Biki
posted: 09:48 pm
Robert Sthole is a Monster!! Hurry Dikwena!
posted: 09:49 pm
Whr dem haters at? Wht do dey say nw? Swetys nd Brazzilioto show ur asses up in here,we beat stars away bt Nyawana cant beat cosmos at home!we dnt depend on own goals 2 win, Maritzburg here we cum.watch out 4 da wounded ghost!
posted: 09:49 pm
gud win 4 bucs, come next monday bucs will b on position 2 with 2 pts bhind sunkak.
posted: 09:51 pm
Lucky win. If only Platinum Stars took their chances the game wud have ended 10-4.
posted: 09:53 pm
So it is now official Chibuku FC concedes 3 goals per match. What a useless defence. Can,t wait to massacre this team again.
posted: 09:55 pm
Im worid about our Defence and Leal dont know what he waz doing,but happy with the win they all count
posted: 09:56 pm
Good results for Ezimnyama albeit under a very tense mood, atleast the tension will subside a bit on the epileptic Brazillian, phela the signs are all over and I was'nt surprised to see a shiny object when Tebza jumped in celebration, poor Leal had to keep one eye on the bench more than usual....it seems Football 101 has a module about how to go about stabbing people, this is three much for one club.
posted: 09:58 pm
Chibuku FC are dead. I don,t c them beating a team in the top half of the log. What a useless defence. C,mon mabukubuku is this the defence that,s gonna win you THE SECOND STAR ?
posted: 10:02 pm
Dis result duznt change anything- Leal must go, ful stop! Bengiminyile during da whole game. Ds cnt go on lyk ds, nee man.
posted: 10:03 pm
posted: 10:03 pm
wow wow wow, What game it was!

As always, the experience provided by non other than McCarthy played a huge role in making sure that 3 points its in our bag.
Who thought Pirates can score 4 goals away? We are back and we desperately want what belongs to us which is Nedbank and the League!

I take my hat off for Leal by leaving out those prima donnas who thought Pirates is nothing without them, i hope they lent a hard lesson from this.
posted: 10:04 pm
Platinum cHIVs has just been facked! Brilliant Orlando Pirates. Brilliant Moeneeb Joseph.
posted: 10:04 pm
what was Krol doing in the stadium....is he coming back?
posted: 10:04 pm
As a buccaneer I;m happy with the points but my concern is that we conceded 6 goals in two games.
posted: 10:04 pm
@ Tzozo

Stop masturbating here.

The Mighty Bucs won tonite, period.

posted: 10:06 pm
1.. I would like 2 read comments from the fans of the teams that managed to score 4 goals on more, if your team hasnt scored 4 goals in 1 match the go fuc.k a tree

2.. If you meet the above criteria, then i would like to read the comments from fans whose team has 6 points from 2 games in 2012....

3... If your team still meets the above criteria, can i read the comments from fans whose team has atleast an official trophy in their trophy cabinet...

4... If you meet the above criteria then you only support 1 team and 1 team only and thats the MIGHTY BUCCANEERS...

Indeed... Football 101 was doctrinated at the University of Orlando.
posted: 10:07 pm
To all you zebra faithfools...get it in your dom kops, The Mighty Bucs won tonite's game!!!

posted: 10:09 pm
guys is our coach confused or something or is there something going on and the dressing that we don knw
am happy that we won but we nearly lost that game had stars taken their chances

chronic2001 botswana,gabs
posted: 10:10 pm
@ Sweyts

Lets see by the end of the season ukuthi how many cups will your Sunkops collected!
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