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Polokwane City vs Orlando Pirates

Posted: 15 February 2014 Time: 15:22

Orlando Pirates' League title dreams are hanging by a thread following a 1-0 defeat to Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Sipho Jembula scored the only goal of the game, capitalising on a defensive mix-up between Thabo Matlaba and Fatau Dauda to slot the ball into the empty net.

Jembula missed another great chance early in the second half, but it was the Buccaneers who dominated possession and chances; the best of which fell to Happy Jele, but he headed over the bar from three metres out.

The game was controlled largely by Pirates, but a resilient display in defence from the home side kept them at bay.

Still, the Buccaneers had plenty of chances to find the back of the net, but bad decision-making in the final third combined with poor finishing cost them on the day.

The opening half was largely congested in the middle of the park with the Polokwane players giving the Pirates attackers very little time on the ball.

Still, Bucs were able to fashion chances almost at will in the opening 20 minutes.

In the sixth minute Lucky Lekgwathi was afforded a free header at a corner-kick, but pushed his effort over the target, while in the 12th minute Kermit Erasmus blazed wide from 25 yards out.

Matlaba found himself in space and on the end of a well-worked free-kick from the edge of the box, but he shot carelessly over the target from close range.

In the 18th minute Erasmus had another go at goal when he latched onto a goalmouth scramble inside the Polokwane box, but again he shot wide from 12-yards out.

Ten minutes later Polokwane took the lead very much against the run of play thanks to some determined work from Jembula.

Miss-communication between Matlaba and Dauda from a routine ball over the top saw Jembula sneak inbetween them and force the ball home form a few yards out.

The second 45 progressed much the same as the first with Pirates in attack, throwing numbers forward in search of the equaliser and leaving themselves exposed at the back.

Polokwane nearly capitalised in the 60th minute when a breakout saw Puleng Tlolane with just the keeper to beat, but his chipped effort over the onrushing Dauda went narrowly wide of the post.

Pirates did not create much in attack in the second 45 and were constantly thwarted by the Polokwane defence, though Happy Jele did miss a great chance when he headed over the bar from three metres out, while Erasmus fired a thunderbolt past the upright.

And in the dying seconds Dauda showed what he is capable of when he denied Sphesihle Nzimande from point-blank range after a well-worked move.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the minnows, who picked up a very valuable three points. For Pirates, the result leaves them in seventh place, 17 points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs but having played four games less.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-02-15 14:51:05

this team is all over us. Oddly, they are not parking the bus like I had expected. The boebie trap is definitely working.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-02-15 14:54:10

I believe Chiefs was after the signature of Errors-mus, I don't have any regrets of not signing this player, he is a total waste.

posted: 2014-02-15 14:57:56

This polokwane city dnt fear dz rats yaz if de captain kanyende had pace it cud b diffrent scoreline by now, ngcaba n lekgwath are far apart its like gcaba is de left bck n lucky da ryt bck kyageleza nje kamnandi

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-02-15 15:05:30

I feel for V.V, he's gonna coach a bunch of losers here!

posted: 2014-02-15 15:09:13

Pirates are going to bounce back.. #Blogging with my tongue sticking out & teary eyes from laughter..

Asiyeni Mabhaka-bhaka Asiyeni!!!

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-02-15 15:22:47

I feel sorry for VV he is joining a bunch of losers.

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-02-15 15:25:01

Nilayekile zinja zamagundwane... Useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

posted: 2014-02-15 15:26:22

Yet again GAMES-IN-HAND Fc do what they are good at - make noise off the pitch and disappoint on the pitch. ..

posted: 2014-02-15 15:26:30

This team ya mazinyo is just weak. Bunch of average loosers. They must just give us 3 points come di 25

Boknight Ratanda bucs
posted: 2014-02-15 15:28:28

 lol tjo

posted: 2014-02-15 15:29:07

  hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.......on a sad note thou! I saw happy Jele elbowing Essau Kanyenda very violently. If it was another referee, he would have walked. Had it been Gould, we would never hear the end of it

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-02-15 15:29:34

Kanti niyibeke kuphi le tiki taka, taka teka kita kati, yini yona konje leyo. Ngifuna ukwazi... Iphi? Uyabuza phela ushlalo magundane....

posted: 2014-02-15 15:29:47

whr r dis stinking rats????? they wr busy making noise whn we drew with M City, geez!!! dis team is useless!!!! they need more balz!!!!!!!

posted: 2014-02-15 15:29:51

Let me laugh this one out loud.........................


posted: 2014-02-15 15:30:18

They deserve to be beaten

posted: 2014-02-15 15:30:19

Nxa why this Tinkler thing didn't go with RDS

Once And Always

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-02-15 15:30:23

Hehehehehehe!*singing* Dauda dumela, Lecowti dumela, cowcela dumela, ouma dumela,cowrmit dumela, dumela dumela iyo dumela.

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-02-15 15:30:44

Awuthi ngikuncedise..kwaaaaaaaakwaaaaaaaaakwaaaaaa,,,,,,,,kikikikikiki, ahahahahahah

posted: 2014-02-15 15:30:52

SencoPation  ericmthembu  tlou is punished coz his agent is tim sukazi...khoza is heartless!!!!!!

Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2014-02-15 15:32:33

Hahahaha, games in hand, more like loses in hand.

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