Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa made a number of good saves

United edge Pirates in Durban

United edge Pirates in Durban

Posted: 22 July 2008 Time: 10:13 pm

Manchester United put in a solid first half performance to secure a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates in a 2008 Vodacom Challenge match played at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Tuesday night.

The only goal of the game was scored on 22 minutes by 21-year-old left winger Lee Martin, and despite an improved second half performance from the Buccaneers, who rested the likes of Teko Modise, Benson Mhlongo and Moeneeb Josephs, the visitors held on for the win.

United centreback John Evans had the first chance of the game, but he headed high over the bar from Chris Eagles’ corner on nine minutes.

Senzo Meyiwa in the home goal then had to make a smart save low to his right from Martin, who was causing Happy Jele all sorts of problems down the lefthand side.

It was not long before the duo tangled again and once more Martin came out on top. Wes Brown flicked a header on for Frazier Campbell, who rose highest to head into the path of Martin, and he showed good strength to hold off Jele and poke the ball past an onrushing Meyiwa for the opening goal.

It could have been 2-0 soon afterwards, but Meyiwa was alert to rush out of his area and win the ball with his feet when Campbell looked through on goal.

After Tevez had seen a shot deflected narrowly wide on 34 minutes, United felt they should have had a penalty when Martin was upended in the penalty area. Their case looked strong, but the referee signaled a corner instead, and Rio Ferdinand received a yellow card for his protests.

The halftime whistle brought some relief to Pirates, who were losing the shot count 14-1 at the break.

Tlou Segolela had the first chance of the second period as he ran onto Lebohang Mothibantwa’s excellent 40-yard ball, but despite getting behind the defender, the youngster fired wildly over.

Pirates were beginning to bring their wide players into the game more, and Segolela on the right, and Bennett Chenene on the opposite flank, looked the most effective form of attack for the Buccaneers.

Mothibantwa then unleashed a drive from 35-yards that Ben Foster in the United goal palmed over the bar for a corner.

Substitutes Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes combined as the former set up the latter on the edge of the area, but Scholes’ powerful drive was straight at Meyiwa and the keeper beat it away for the corner.

At the other end, excellent work from Jele set up substitute Joseph Makhanya, whose vicious shot was excellently saved by Foster.

Pirates now face Kaizer Chiefs in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, with the winner of that match earning the right to face the Red Devils in the Final of the Vodacom Challenge at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane on Saturday.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:42 pm
Fantastic performance in the 2nd half from Pirates. You have made us very proud BOYS!. Looks like Pirates have a coach that can take them to the very top. Today was Pirates B vs Man Utd B but was very entertaining. The 1 touch play from United was just class. Our boys have learned a good few lessons about making good runs, quick decisions and cutting out the clowning on the ball. Well done Pirates - made SA proud.
Finidi_(A Khosi By Choice)
posted: 01:08 am
Impressive performance in da second half by pirates. But what baffled me was the omission of the likes of Modise. Im sure a lot of pirates fans bought their tickets to c how he'd measure up with the likes of Scholes. Y rest players for a PRE season game? That jus defies the whole purpose of preseason games, doesn't it? But its good to c they(pirates) r not a one man team and will be at full strength when we, THE GLAMOUR BOYS, give them a soccer lesson on Thursday. Shapa KHOSI shapa!!
Anonymous
posted: 04:00 am
Gud perfomance by the Pirates B team especially Chenene en the overall confidence of the team. But the real test is on Thursday, u ll b facing The Glamour Boys who r playing very compact football. You ll wish Tso signed 4 Red Ghost. Can't wait!!





Anonymous
posted: 06:54 am
We could have buried united, What the hell was Krol thinking leaving our best players in the stand. This is one game were not supposed to lose. Players like Teko, Walaza, Mdledle it was an opportunity to impress maybe get signed by united. Overall we were strong on the wings, but the midfield was dead. I am not impressed by Mthibantwa. Perfomance "Total Football" results is like sex without ejaculation is not acceptable, and the sooner the Gaffer Krol do something about it the better...
Anonymous
posted: 06:56 am
We could have buried united, What the hell was Krol thinking leaving our best players in the stand. This is one game were not supposed to lose. Players like Teko, Walaza, Mdledle it was an opportunity to impress maybe get signed by united. Overall we were strong on the wings, but the midfield was dead. I am not impressed by Mthibantwa. Perfomance "Total Football" without results is like sex without ejaculation is not acceptable, and the sooner the Gaffer Krol do something about it the better...
Anonymous
posted: 07:36 am
krol is a very clever guy! he knows very well what those who were outside can do. remember this game was a meaningless friendly. if pirates lose against chiefs then they wont have a chance to revenge.

of course mothibantwa is an ordinary player just like jorry miraje. they dont diserve to play 4 pirates. they wld do well at maritzburg or bay united or black leopards. even there was a thomas as well very ordinary. in fact i think i cld have featured in yesterdays pirates line up
Anonymous
posted: 07:55 am
DoinK i disagree with u, how can u say it was a meaningless friendly. An outing against the reigning Champions League and Barclay English Premiership comes once in a lifetime. Maybe no South African team might ever have an opportunity to play against a team that have conquered Europe. For those players u say the gaffer knows what they can do, they might never have the opportunity to play against the best players in the world
Phakz
posted: 08:04 am
"Krol's gamble backfires". a headline from supersport website, dis knob instead of reporting on da game is busy comparing Thieves to Bucs. This was Bucs team B and certainly the game did live up to standard. I wonder how S/S allowed such a biased story into a public website. Oh "freedom of speech"!
Anonymous
posted: 08:09 am
As a proud Buccaneer ,i am very happy with the way the team played and I hope they will built on that,I am not concerned that we lost since the game was not of any meaning than a friendly.Pirates showed character in the second half and for the fact that we had most of our 1st team players not playing should not worry any Pirates supporters but Chiefs and Man u fans.I say lets give Krol a chance cos he deserves to make some decisions that not all of us would like,I dont think Pirates technical team was not aware of the B team decision so lets not blame the coach .I beleive in him ,he is not a man of many words .
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 08:11 am
Yoh! Yoh! Yoh! Red Ghosts were all over manchester in the second stanza. You all need to be calmn pirates will make all of us proud this season. As for observers MTN must make a plan for you guys and gets you Asante Kotoko where we all began. And then you'll graduate to play ManU. Stop paying millions and gain nothing after that.
lekhosi la ga Mothapo
posted: 08:12 am
doink: 2008-07-23 07:36


krol is a very clever guy! he knows very well what those who were outside can do. remember this game was a meaningless friendly. if pirates lose against chiefs then they wont have a chance to revenge


THE so called big players at pirates will not be able to play against the best team in the world currently Amakhosi will eliminate them .shapa khosi shapa
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 am
Pie-rats are like prostitutes this days, they give it to everybody.
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 am
Marlon: 2008-07-22 22:42


Fantastic performance in the 2nd half from Pirates. You have made us very proud BOYS!. Looks like Pirates have a coach that can take them to the very top. Today was Pirates B vs Man Utd B but was very entertaining. The 1 touch play from United was just class. Our boys have learned a good few lessons about making good runs, quick decisions and cutting out the clowning on the ball. Well done Pirates - made SA proud.


Why am i not suprised??? Typical Pirates supporters, you embrace a loss, sies, you are a disgrace, Chiefs will Punish you come Tomorrow, you rested Teko, Moneeb and mhlongo for Chiefs, he he he! you are in for a hiding. Man U Played with Contempt, they never gave their all like when they played Chiefs, they undermine Pirates, remember they beat you 4 - 0 in 2006. ha ha ha ! SIES!!!!!
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 08:14 am
Yoh! Yoh! Yoh! Red Ghosts were all over manchester in the second stanza. You all need to be calmn pirates will make all of us proud this season. As for observers MTN must make a plan for you guys and gets you Asante Kotoko where we all began. And then you'll graduate to play ManU. Stop paying millions and gain nothing after that.
Anonymous
posted: 08:14 am
lihle: 2008-07-23 04:00


Gud perfomance by the Pirates B team especially Chenene en the overall confidence of the team. But the real test is on Thursday, u ll b facing The Glamour Boys who r playing very compact football. You ll wish Tso signed 4 Red Ghost. Can't wait!!


lihle: 2008-07-23 04:00


Gud perfomance by the Pirates B team especially Chenene en the overall confidence of the team. But the real test is on Thursday, u ll b facing The Glamour Boys who r playing very compact football. You ll wish Tso signed 4 Red Ghost. Can't wait!!


lihle: 2008-07-23 04:00


Gud perfomance by the Pirates B team especially Chenene en the overall confidence of the team. But the real test is on Thursday, u ll b facing The Glamour Boys who r playing very compact football. You ll wish Tso signed 4 Red Ghost. Can't wait!!














Anonymous
posted: 08:17 am
All I saw yesterday was a bunch of useless guys wearing red valentine clothes yesterday. They couldn't pass the ball....not mesioning to trap it.......what a bunch of loosers.
Anonymous
posted: 08:18 am
lihle: 2008-07-23 04:00


Gud perfomance by the Pirates B team especially Chenene en the overall confidence of the team. But the real test is on Thursday, u ll b facing The Glamour Boys who r playing very compact football. You ll wish Tso signed 4 Red Ghost. Can't wait!!






B team my foot, Chenene, Jele, Meyiwa, Makhanya,Mkhwanazi , Segolela, which makes up more than 50% of the team that played United, were regulars @ Pie Rats last season, you lost!
Anonymous
posted: 08:20 am
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA EXCUSES,,,PIRATES PLAYED LIKE A TEAM FROM A VODACOM LEAGUE,,,,I GIVE TLOU, -10 OUT OF 10,,,HE'S JUST A CLUELESS,,,,PLAYER,,,HE NEEDS BRAINS,,,,HE IS NOT A PSL MATERIAL...PLEASE SEND HIM TO DEVELOPMENT,,,,,SEEMA IS HOPELESS, MKHWANAZI, LEBO, USELESS....PIRATES IS USELESS,,,THEY SHOULD TRANSFER LIST ALL THE PLAYERS THAT PLAYED YESTERDAY,,,MAYBE WILL SEE A DIFFERENT TEAM ON THURSDAY,,,,,
Anonymous
posted: 08:21 am
Sat _ Chiefs 2 - United 1
Anonymous
posted: 08:23 am
The Game: 2008-07-23 08:20


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA EXCUSES,,,PIRATES PLAYED LIKE A TEAM FROM A VODACOM LEAGUE,,,,I GIVE TLOU, -10 OUT OF 10,,,HE'S JUST A CLUELESS,,,,PLAYER,,,HE NEEDS BRAINS,,,,HE IS NOT A PSL MATERIAL...PLEASE SEND HIM TO DEVELOPMENT,,,,,SEEMA IS HOPELESS, MKHWANAZI, LEBO, USELESS....PIRATES IS USELESS,,,THEY SHOULD TRANSFER LIST ALL THE PLAYERS THAT PLAYED YESTERDAY,,,MAYBE WILL SEE A DIFFERENT TEAM ON THURSDAY,,,,,



All along ive been thinking you are an idiot, Congrats for talking some sense for a change, you have graduated from being an idiot to being a moron, congrats.
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