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Lucky Lekgwathi scored the winner for Orlando Pirates

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Pirates leave it late against Cosmos

Posted: 7 November 2007 Time: 23:03

Lucky Lekgwathi’s late winner handed Orlando Pirates a 1-0 win over Jomo Cosmos in their Absa Premier League clash at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Buccaneers dominated for most of the match, but to break down the solid Ezenkosi defence.

Bennett Chenene should have handed the visitors a sixth minute lead when he found himself in space inside the area, but the winger’s shot was blocked by Cosmos keeper Avril Phali.

Chenene threatened again in the 29th minute with a long range shot, but again Phali thwarted the diminutive 23-year-old.

The Ezenkosi’s first real threat on the Pirates goal arrived in the 36th minute via the boot of the Sam Magalefa, but visiting keeper Senzo Meyiwa made a comfortable save from the midfielder’s free-kick.

Excellent Walaza almost broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when he hit the post with a fierce shot from inside the area after receiving a good pass from Chenene.

The match remained goalless at the break.

Pirates continued their dominance in the second half, but dealt a major blow when Chenene was rushed to hospital following a clash of heads with a Cosmos defender.

Cosmos almost went ahead in the 74th minute through a shot by Anthony Laffor, but Lekgwathi cleared the ball off the line.

Lekgwathi then further enhanced his stature with the Buccaneers’ faithful when he scored from inside the area after running onto a pass by substitute Jorry Merahe.

Cosmos were then dealt a blow while Pirates were still celebrating, when midfielder Innocent Ntsume was asked to leave the bench following his comments made to the assistant referee.

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:39 am
itwas a good game
posted: 07:17 am
I am Chiefs fan but I must say that I am very happy at the way Pirates is playing lately. ODG you are the man of the moment and that is Y I rate you so high. Keep up the good work.
posted: 07:51 am
I am happy to see the progress ODG is making in the Pirates team. My only concern is on the Goal-keeper. The guy cannot time his runs, how often do you see defenders clearing balls that he was suppose to get. He is always confused and lacks confidence. But against all this he is a good keeper, he just needs to get his act okay and things will work for him. May be a loan to a small team in Mvela league will do much to his confidence.
posted: 07:54 am
Another player in hospital. Jomo must calm down his gladiators who turn soccer fields into Coloseum.
posted: 08:05 am
I like the way those boys are pasing to each other. With time amabhakaniya will ke untouchable
posted: 08:07 am
This is an appeal to the media guys, please let Walaza play his natural game, he is getting ukugxekwa okungenasidingo(unnecessary critisism).
InterSam aka Nkope
posted: 08:15 am
What a game indeed, at last lady luck was on our side. Thanx ODG. Good luck for next Game.
posted: 08:15 am
was that goal an offside?
posted: 08:17 am
Da Gama is a great man, he brought back the smile on the faces of the happy people. He is the master of football.
posted: 08:20 am
Am very happy with the way our team is playing lately.Keep good job ODG.
A buccaneer from Malawi.
posted: 08:23 am
Halala mabhakabhaka..up the ghost, i'm very impressed with pirates young lions they play with play dedication and commitment thanks to the GREAT O
posted: 08:26 am
what a way not to advertise SA football, i mean Jomo came to Loftus for one reason and one reason only. to sit back and stop what ever Pirates try to do. it was a practice match, no wonder people are not attending Cosnos games. well done for Pirates for try to play in those difficult condition. Cosmos was anti football
posted: 08:30 am
Halala Amabhakabhaka..up the ghost, i'm very impressed with pirates young lions they play with dedication and commitment thanks to the reliable Owen Da Gama. If they keep this form everyone will sing the HAPPY PEOPLE song again!
posted: 08:44 am
Nice game Mabhakhaniya. Keep the spirit going. I proud of ODG, ever since ODG came to Bucks ship i have seen some improvement from the Defenders to Strikers.
Once and Always
posted: 09:03 am
The game was ok but i just want to congatulate the kick of website new look beleive me this is the best football website i have ever visited.
Good job guys
Maybe you should consider having ratings on how the players performed.
posted: 09:11 am
Assistant Referee hung the flag till the final whistle!!! What was that? May be the results could have changed if there was no cheating. Ha Ha
posted: 09:15 am
Pie-rats were on the receiving end of yet another dubious decision by our match officials, but anyway it does'nt matter, what goes around comes around
posted: 09:18 am
Nice Game Pirate. Jomo has done it again, breaking peoples legs and ending people careers. Can somebody tell me why the assist ref couldnt pick up that tackle on Mdledle? And the ref ignored an injured player.
posted: 09:38 am
I would like to say big up to the new look kickoff
website it rocks!!!With regard to Absa Premier league,the competition is good as there are no longer so called big teams...but i'm concerned by the way Cosmos plays no offence bra J but your guys are rough and tumbblers they need to take it easy for the benefit of soccer as we would like to see fairplay on the field...
posted: 09:38 am
A big thank you to da players 4 dying on the field 4 BUCS. ODG u da man. Thank u bringing back da HAPPY DAYZ. HAPPY PEOPLE are back, keep up da gud work bafowethu. ONCE A PIRATE ALWAYZ A SEA ROBBER. Amakhosi beta luck next time, kuzokhanya nakwaMakhanya kwazi khanyela ha ha ha!!!
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