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Posted: 12 March 2014 Time: 18:50

Vladimir Vermezovic got his Orlando Pirates tenure off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory against Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday night.

Kermit Erasmus scored the only goal early on in a game the Buccaneers dominated, though the Birds almost equalized late on but for some Senzo Meyiwa heroics.

Vermezovic opted to start new signing Lehlohonolo Majoro on the bench and gave a rare start to Tlou Segolela.

Erasmus had almost given Bucs the lead on five minutes when he latched onto Thabo Matlaba’s pass, but his powerful drive cannoned back off the woodwork.

However, he had his goal four minutes later, and again Matlaba was involved. His sweeping pass across the field found Segolela, and he in turn laid off a pass to Erasmus, who shot from the edge of the area and beat Greg Etafia.

Pirates were dominating the early exchanges and came close again two minutes later when Helder Pelembe beat a defender to Ntsikelelo Nyauza’s cross, but his header went wide.

Bucs continued to have the better of the game and found themselves on the receiving end of some robust challenges, but could not create any other clear-cut chances before halftime.

Instead, it was Swallows who came closest four minutes from the break, but Lerato Chabangu’s free-kick went just over.

Pirates almost had a second goal straight after the break when Helder Pelembe was given too much space on the edge of the area, but his left-footed shot skimmed the outside of the upright.

Substitute Edward Manqele almost scored with his first touch when he shot from the edge of the area, but the ball hit the side-netting.

Majoro finally made his long-awaited debut with 20 minutes to go, and he should have been celebrating with his teammates when the ball fell at Ayanda Gcaba’s feet right in front of goal from a corner-kick, but the defender fired wide.

With one eye on Saturday’s Derby against Kaizer Chiefs, Pirates took their foot off the gas in the latter stages - and they were almost made to pay for it.

Siyabonga Nomvete hit the upright from Tshwarelo Bereng’s cross with three minutes to go, before Senzo Meyiwa pulled off two world-class saves – first to deny Nomvete before bravely saving at Larry Cohen’s feet in the dying seconds.

The victory sees Pirates up to fourth place, while Swallows make it seven matches without a victory and lip down to 11th.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

Mongi pirates
posted: 2014-03-12 17:49:44

goooooaaaaaal

The General Soccer Dude
posted: 2014-03-12 17:54:42

I like it VV. Pelembe and Erasmus at the same time. Good move coach

Don Geovanni
posted: 2014-03-12 17:56:30

VV starts his first game with two forwards...my prayers hav been answered 

SINKER
posted: 2014-03-12 18:02:24

This team relies on no messiah for your info like Chiefs have

Rocka
posted: 2014-03-12 18:18:21

K bhaka Juju cant you guys(Bucs) delay your whopping phela we have neighbors on sat who cant afford any of those whopping hey  

Membaks
posted: 2014-03-12 18:32:02

It looks better under the stewardship of VV. I must applaud Nyauza, he does not dissapoint when given a chance and with the return of the seasoned defenders, I see the green light ahead.

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-12 18:36:23

I think Segolela is disappointing  VV a bit. Poor decision making

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-12 18:39:07

Bibo not commanding the middle field enough. He needs to come to the party and impose himself

Think Tank Mogolo
posted: 2014-03-12 18:41:00

Manqele might cause problems for us

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-12 18:56:29

Operation 3 points for the five games,that will give us 15 points

FrankT
posted: 2014-03-12 19:25:42

Thanx Senzo , we like It when u produce This kind of performance, I hear the moving had a puncture

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-12 19:27:27

Done,1st win for VVV,happy people are happy today

1Motsetsi
posted: 2014-03-12 19:28:47

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh

K bhaka
posted: 2014-03-12 19:29:18

Lets not talk about the train that's stuck in Royal Bafokeng, the Mechanic(parcow) is in nazoorena.

1Motsetsi
posted: 2014-03-12 19:31:15

He gave us results broo... give him a chance pls

1Motsetsi
posted: 2014-03-12 19:36:25

It seems ga ona sekotlolo

webt
posted: 2014-03-12 19:37:41

Positive stat for vv.

The General Soccer Dude
posted: 2014-03-12 19:39:51

Well done to the Buccaneers. Slowly but surely the nonsense gap is closing.


Up the Bucs. Since 1937

Mosixty
posted: 2014-03-12 19:42:07

 I like it when we are on the back foot going to the derby

Matt/ Baby_Cute_Bhakhaniya
posted: 2014-03-12 19:44:21

Well I was very happy with the three points, however I was a little disappointed to see VV drop all our attacking ammunition and bringing in the likes of Ngoma and the last 10 minutes of the game were nerve wrecking. But I was happy with Masuku being dropped and I know very well and this I know football knowing Bucs supporters that had we had Masuku start ahead of Segolela, we would not have scored a goal. uMasuku ebezo khahlela ibhola either elakha amanzi or ebezokwenza umsangano wakho. Sox was ok in the first half, obviously in the second half he was disappointing, but we all know it's due to lack of match fitness.


All in all, we are now just 10 points behind the honking Zebras and if we go into the derby on Saturday, we will not only collect all 3 points, but we'll also be walking away with a lot of loot from stadium revenue after we applied a "Pirate tax law" by hiking ticket  prices. Hahahahaha. They don't call us Robbers for nothing.


Up The Bucs...

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