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Posted: 18 January 2014 Time: 15:02

Orlando Pirates dominated possession and chances, but it was SuperSport United who emerged as 2-1 victors at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Buccaneers had by far the better of the 90 minutes, but goals from substitutes Mame Niang and Dino Ndlovu - on debut - handed Matsatsantsa the three points.

Happy Jele scored a fortuitous goal in time added on, but it proved no more than a consolation.

Pirates had four corners inside the first 10 minutes and continued to dominate throughout the half as the Tshwane side all but defended.

Thandani Ntshumayelo's effort was wide off target in the sixth minute, before Andile Jali played a through ball but Kermit Erasmus' tame effort didn't even hit the target when a better option could have been to release the ball to Oupa Manyisa to his left.  

A minute later and Daine Klate's cross found Sifiso Myeni in the box and he hit a left-footed shot, but Ronwen Williams was equal to the task.

In the 34th minute Jali's long-range effort from outside the box couldn't beat Williams, who was quick off the mark to push it away for a corner.

Edwin Gyimah, who had been fouled by Ntshumayelo in the 18th minute and received medical treatment, was forced to eventually come off in the 36th minute, with Morne Nel taking his place. 

Erasmus hit the bar with the last effort of the first half with Williams well beaten.  

Pirates started the second half in much the way they finished the first stanza.

However, they were made to pay for fluffing their chances when Niang, who replaced Mathebula at the start of the second half, rose highest to connect a cross from Sibusiso Khumalo, burying it on the rebound after Meyiwa parried his header onto the upright.

And rather than defending their lead, SuperSport coach Cavin Johnson opted to add more men in attack with debutant Ndlovu replacing Chenene.

The move was a masterstroke as 10 minutes after coming on, Ndlovu benefited from another Khumalo cross for a free header to double the visitors’ lead.

Roger de Sa reacted by bringing on new sigining Helder Pelembe for Ntshumayelo in the 68th minute and Lennox Bacela taking Erasmus' space in the 75th minute, but Bucs still found the going tough in front of goal.

Bacela's free header from a cross by Khethowakhe Masuku in the 84th minute was off target, though at the death Pirates finally found the back of the net through Jele. Mor Diouf tried to clear, but only succeeded in kicking it into the defender, with the ball going into the back of the net.

But it proved no more than a consolation as SuperSport hung on for the three points which lifts them to fourth place, while Pirates remain 11th, though with five games in hand.

Livefyre comments on this story...

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-01-18 15:05:26

we really need a coach,i wont hold my breath this season,Roger is useless

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-01-18 15:08:38

U uncle Bennett akanamzamo namuhla kanti for abashana bakhe?

posted: 2014-01-18 15:08:48

Rodger have no plan b

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-01-18 15:10:18

Liya shona ilanga mabhakaniya kanti kwenzenzenjani?

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 2014-01-18 15:10:21

When Johnson was outplayed he change the game plan and play long balls. And Da Sa does not have any answers. I love it when people are looking at Majoro as the saviour.Da Sa does not play strikers.

posted: 2014-01-18 15:11:07

Ssport e kotsi e shapella le D Bennet. Kenya Majoro Roger o sa emetseng monna.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-01-18 15:11:48

U Roger uyaba Dlisa

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-01-18 15:12:39

Majoro must be regretting his decision already..! Turning down a chance of playing CL in favour of fighting relegation? Nc nc nc

KhosiNyce 01
posted: 2014-01-18 15:13:16

Lol Khosi kunzima....

Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2014-01-18 15:13:59

Guys! I saw Mgijimi on de stands, jst when de 2nd goal was scored. Samson "(Gatsheni" Ndlovu must be bewitching pirates seriously.

posted: 2014-01-18 15:15:46

La Coste (Khosi by Birth) 

Spot on baba and this will be a 3rd loss at home. Its worrying. Too many unnecessary touches.

posted: 2014-01-18 15:15:50

Ntatae kele pirates le yena ke molatedi wa pirates. Ke tshepa a le motlotlo haholo.

Fantastic Rhino
posted: 2014-01-18 15:18:29

hahahahaha Orlando Pirates is Playing Tika Tika Kamina Kawena. Kuzanyiwa eOrlando This Season. Love & Peace. 

Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2014-01-18 15:18:45

Lols! Major's team of choice.

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-01-18 15:18:57

Lehlohonolo Mgijimi Majoro already comfortable where he belongs, on the stands.

posted: 2014-01-18 15:22:07

Ok guys on a very serious note.. If you saw how the 1st half was.. Pie-kuku were all over SSU and if it weren't for Rowen Williams in goals, the scoreline would've been different.. But that didn't happen..

Now, step in coach Calvin Johnson.. He saw that his troops were offering nothing upfront, hence the 0 shots on target stats during half-time.. What did he do?.. Well, as ano good tactical coach would do, he relinquished on the idea of counter attacking your opponent when you're on the back foot, by introducing Njani first.. Goal!.. Then he also introduced Ndlovu, meaning at this point he has 3 strikers on the field.. Brilliant tactical decision.. 10/10

Now let's briefly analyse RDS.. Knowing that his team are blessed with possession and not converting their chances, what does he do?.. He sticks to the very same players and crosses his fingers and squeezes his @ss hoping they might score.. Mnxim!!

Question now for RDS is.. As a so-called tactical genius.. What is he doing to rectify the situation right now??.. Swearing?.. Hahaha.. Shame

RDS is a failure.. And I promise you, this team will not win anything as long as Mr NBA is sitting on that bench.

Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2014-01-18 15:24:07

Game set n match. Games in hand my foot

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-01-18 15:25:13

Yaze yaba mnandi lento, awu madoda tika teka tika kamina. Kawena.

posted: 2014-01-18 15:26:38

Bloody Rats who is playing Javelline football?

posted: 2014-01-18 15:27:14

RDS has nothing to to but to submit a resignation latter on Monday morning, I will be so happy to see that before we even get closer to champions league.

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