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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...

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-01-20 06:05:51

Exactly member!!

posted: 2014-01-20 06:13:04

Happy Jele scored a fortuitous goal

=============================GWA GWA GWA

posted: 2014-01-20 06:14:08


posted: 2014-01-20 06:18:14


posted: 2014-01-20 06:39:57

It is unacceptable that a team can be 6 games behind , there is noway that PIRATES can win all those games, now CHIEFS must face the same thing next season . PSL is been run like spazza.

posted: 2014-01-20 08:01:50

jmafu59 They most likely wont face the same thing I doubt they'll go that far....as for Pirates they cant score goals its proven

posted: 2014-01-20 08:07:48

Treble champ "Superbrand" Guys what are you talking about here... De Sa ddnt order anyone to miss any chances we got and the performance in the first half showed that he had the right men in the field. Players fckd us up Saturday guys No one else. Its time the players face the music not the poor coaches.

Amingo Apache
posted: 2014-01-20 08:21:14

Three 3 Bacela a good striker se foot man. He is a lucky striker man. Lesley  Manyatela was ws the good/best striker after jerry Shikosana in Pirates camp ever man.. Hey wena../

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-01-20 08:41:52

If your team Pirates can go up to the finals by just playing draws and without scoring goals, then Chiefs is standing a good chance of winning the cup and donate the famous star you want so desperate to your team.

posted: 2014-01-20 09:10:15

If he is a good striker as you say why has he become a bench warmer?

Khazilwa *DTC* former African Champ!!!!!!
posted: 2014-01-20 09:37:46

Mabhakania.....lets support the Roger, he dd nothing wrng ..... our player are missing chances bigtime.  If we converted those chances we would be talking anada language here, we out played SSU .... m happy with performance we just need to score ...we gona kill teams soon....

posted: 2014-01-20 10:06:45

jmafu59when your matches were postponed you didnt complain because you were busy running after a shadow of a star

posted: 2014-01-20 10:07:52

PhiweKhoza kwaaaaaa thats true 

posted: 2014-01-20 10:08:33

Kilokilo2phuphuphu catching up with him

posted: 2014-01-20 10:16:33

There is nothing that make my day than see Prates losing games. With Desa they are doing just that and for that reason i want Roger to stay.

posted: 2014-01-20 10:35:43

Icepapi jmafu59 Who told you that the won't go that far. Chiefs have a strong team than Pirates and see them having a problem going far. They will not reach the finals through draws but through winning. You know that Chiefs strikers score goals so stop your madness.

Pirate of the South
posted: 2014-01-20 11:39:40

The real monkey doesn't get the joke- hey loving chifs is a pure curse yoh kuvaleka nomqondo!

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